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

Kirmizi: Turkish all-female heavy metal band

Posted on 4 February 2012

I discovered Kirmizi, a Turkish all-female heavy metal band, when they were playing in DoRock bar in Taksim on a Sunday evening. DoRock is the favorite place for heavy metal fans in Istanbul. Kirmizi was founded by Idil Çağatay and Aslı Polat in 2005 and consist of 4 women: Idil Çağatay (Voclas), Aslı Polat (Drums),… Read more »

Vegan variety at the Loving Hut

Posted on 23 January 2012

 On one windy and chilly day a few weeks back, a friend introduced me to a petit café in the backstreets of Beşiktaş. We met at our usual corner landmark, the Alkım bookshop and headed down Ortabahçe Caddesi. After wandering for 400 metres or so we took a left at the orange shoe shop heading… Read more »

Planeur rock band releases debut album

Posted on 10 January 2012

  Planeur, the rock band formed by musician Onur Ataman and vocalist Serkan Modalı, released their debut studio album, Gelecek (Future), on the music label Avrupa Music. Ataman is one of the finest jazz guitarists in Turkey. He was the first-ever Turkish student to enroll in the Netherlands’ Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he earned his… Read more »

Real Turkish night @ Taşhan Arkat

Posted on 29 December 2011

 A couple of weeks ago we went to a very nice restaurant, Taşhan Arkat, which I can recommend to take your visitors from abroad to. It is a bit touristic, but a real Turkish night is definitively guaranteed! The ambiance is wonderful: in an historic, 800 years old cistern (old water storage) with candlelight. And the… Read more »

Waterpipe cafes burned down in Tophane

Posted on 7 December 2011

A fire broke out this morning in a traditional nargile (waterpipe) café in Istanbul’s Tophane neighborhood, next to Istanbul’s Museum of Modern Art. The fire quickly spread to others burnt down four cafes, rendering them unusable. The fire broke out in one of the cafes early this morning and quickly spread to several others. Firefighting… Read more »