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

Recommended hotels in Istanbul

Posted on 3 November 2017

Here is my list of good hotels in several districts of Istanbul, recommended by tourists who have stayed there. Do you have any others? Good or bad experiences with these hotels? Please share it here on this site! Hotels in touristic Sultanahmet district Celal Sultan Erbil Santa Sophia Hali Ipek Palace Orsep Royal Sumengen Avicenna… Read more »

Dishes dressed fit for a sultan

Posted on 14 January 2016

First Impressions: Walking along this restaurant and Hotel strip, the usual street appointed waiters try to coax you into their establishment with annoying persistence. As you approach Constantine’s Ark you are greeted with the smiling waiters who remain inside the restaurant seemingly un-phased whether you enter or not but secretly hoping, with an air of… Read more »

Enjoy the new-look Karaköy

Posted on 2 January 2016

The old neighborhood of Karaköy, next to the Galata bridge on the northern shore of the Golden Horn, is undergoing a fast gentrification as well, like all the other hoods of historic Istanbul. I love to have breakfast in the Namli deli before I stroll again through the backstreets of this old district, that was… Read more »

Christmas lunch in Istanbul

Posted on 26 December 2015

A Christmas lunch to remember Some folks head out of Istanbul and Turkey for Christmas to celebrate with their loved ones and partake in traditional Christmas celebrations whereas some of us choose to stay here and create our own new traditions. One such tradition to take the stress out of Christmas is to let someone… Read more »

Dishes from Ottoman palaces

Posted on 23 February 2015

By Eda Togan Asitane is  a restaurant I have always heard about but never had chance to visit until last week!  There are many restaurants that claim to serve ottoman cuisine in Istanbul. However I think Asitane is unique, because they serve food from the Ottoman palaces. Our group of foodie friends had a specially… Read more »