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

Shopping for antiques in Çukucuma

Posted on 15 May 2019

 A very authentic neighborhood to shop for antiques is Çukucuma. Old furniture and other outdated stuff from elderly people who leave their houses in the neighboring districts of Cihangir and Beyoğlu is here to be found. A quiet hood with lots of conservative and pious migrants from villages and little towns of Anatolia. According to… Read more »

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 »

Walk through trendy Cihangir

Posted on 27 July 2011

This is the district of the old bourgeoisie, built in the 19th century, has an atmosphere that reminds us of Paris. Writers, reporters, artists and foreigners live here who work for diplomatic missions, at schools and foreign companies. An area that overlooks the Bosporus, the old city and the Golden Horn. You will enjoy the boutiques,… Read more »

Grand Bazaar celebrates 550th birthday

Posted on 15 June 2011

Istanbul’s famous historic marketplace, the Grand Bazaar, will celebrate its 550th birthday this year with a series of cultural events. The Covered Bazaar was constructed upon an order by sultan Mehmet II the Conqueror in 1461. The Kapalı Çarşı, as the bazaar is known in Turkish, is one of the oldest and largest covered markets… Read more »

Enjoy shopping paradise Istanbul

Posted on 7 March 2011

“I think I am going to have a problem from now on, because once you are used to Istanbul, everything else just disappoints”, an expat partner told me recently. “Can you imagine a better ‘shopper’s paradise’ than Istanbul? I never buy anything in other countries anymore. When I go shopping for clothes, the selection is… Read more »