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

Open Kitchen dining @ Grand Hyatt’s 34

Posted on 7 May 2014

The last time I dined at the Grand Hyatt it was to taste the Asian fare of a visiting Vietnamese chef. Wow, what a metamorphosis! The newly refurbished restaurant simply called 34, has been transformed into an open kitchen design format, featuring traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. For an avid foodie such as myself, this… Read more »

Minister calls for small boutique tourism

Posted on 1 February 2012

 To sustain success in the tourism sector, Turkey should focus on small “boutique” enterprises rather than continued investment in large-scale facilities, Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay said. Speaking at a conference in Ankara yesterday, Günay said large hotels and holiday villages were cutting off the tourists from the local population and Turkey should now… Read more »

Wine and Cheese Tasting every Friday

Posted on 5 December 2011

 Serap Akkus, the very active Food and Beverage Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul @ Sultanahmet, organizes a wine and cheese tasting every Friday. Join the tasting tour through Turkish vineyards and beyond. Each week they feature a wine flight from a different producer, grape or region, accompanied by delicious Turkish cheeses. This week… Read more »

Quality taste sensation @ Four Seasons

Posted on 10 October 2011

 Just as there is any hint that summer is really ending, it is always of great excitement to have an alfresco event on the social calendar…let alone at the beautiful Four Seasons on the Bosphorus. As a frequent visitor to the Sultanahmet Four Seasons Hotel, I was yet to visit its counterpart in Ortaköy. So… Read more »

Club 360 East Opening Party in Moda

Posted on 7 July 2011

Famous Istanbul night club ‘360’ on Istiklal Caddesi (Avenue) has opened a new venue on the Asian side of the city. The name is 360 East. And the club is located on the roof terrace of the new Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Moda. The grand opening party – last night – was great…. Read more »