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

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 »

Art galleries in Tophane

Posted on 6 December 2011

 The number of modern art galleries is exploding in Istanbul. In neighborhoods like Nişantaşı and Taksim. But most of all in Cihangir, a hip district where a lot of foreigners live. One of the most cosmopolitan areas of Istanbul. Just south on the downward slope of Cihangir is the Tophane hood. That has become a… 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 »

Pink Amsterdam @ Ghetto Istanbul

Posted on 4 December 2011

 17 December: Pink Amsterdam in Ghetto Pink Istanbul is an Art & Dance event linking the scenes of Istanbul and Amsterdam, for Turks and non-Turks, gays, lesbians and straights, while combining and celebrating art, music, dance, fashion, the old and the new. The event takes place on 17 December in GHETTO Genuine Music Lounge, Istanbul. There… Read more »

Dinner @ Kayıkçı, a gem in Sultanahmet

Posted on 10 November 2011

Istanbul surprises me almost every day. I like to stroll through the back streets of the old city like stray dogs do. And I must confess that I sometimes think I know the old city fairly well. But there are always new discoveries to make. And then I realize again that this metropolis, where as… Read more »