Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

All things pickled in Kadıköy bazaar

Posted on 1 May 2019

Özcan Turşuları is my favorite shop with all things pickled in the neighborhood bazaar of Kadıköy. Look around in this shop and you will be amazed by the huge and colorful collection of pickled vegetables, ranging from gherkins, red beets and white cabbage to garlic, green tomatoes and carrots. Everything here is made using traditional… Read more »

Spicy vegetarian snack: çiğ köfte

Posted on 3 April 2019

Most friends look at me with suspicion when I introduce them to an unfamiliar kind of Turkish snack, çiğ köfte, and translate it into English: seasoned raw meatballs. You see them thinking: ‘no raw meat for me, because that has been sitting around in the sun breeding bacteria; I don’t want to spoil the rest… Read more »

Discover Viktor Levi, Wine House since 1914

Posted on 9 March 2019

When visiting Istanbul you definitely should check out the Asian side of the city as well. Kadıköy is my favourite district. It is a large, populous, and cosmopolitan part of Istanbul, on the northern shore of the Sea of Marmara, facing the historic city centre on the European side of the Bosporus. It is the… Read more »

Lokma, hot & ultra sweet Ottoman snack

Posted on 1 January 2019

Photos © Slawomira Kozieniec During the cold winter months I see all kinds of warm street snacks popping up in Istanbul. Lokma is one of them. The Turkish word lokma means ‘mouthful’ or ‘morsel’. Just recently a couple of young men started to sell these lokma tatlısı (deep fried dough balls), soaked in sugar syrup in… Read more »

İşkembe, Turkish tripe soup, my way

Posted on 30 September 2018

 I had my first Turkish tripe soup – İşkembe Çorbası – in 1983 in the Çiçek Pasaj. It was after a night out with friends and firm drinking. My Turkish friends said “you must try this soup, guaranteed no hangover tomorrow.” I did not believe it, but the soup tasted fine. And you know what? The morning… Read more »