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

Roasted chestnuts as a snack

Posted on 19 October 2018

First there is the smoke from a distance. Coming closer to the source of the smoke you smell something that reminds you of barbecue. But this is different. It is roasted as meat, but in a more gentle way. ‘Kestane kebab’ (roasted chestnuts) shouts the street vendor. With a small metal grip he is putting… Read more »

Flea market impressions in Feriköy

Posted on 12 October 2018

Nightlife at The old brewery is not the only entertainment in the Bomonti hood of Istanbul. Sunday mornings are worth spending there as well. Istanbul is full of new structures and experiences, but the flea market in the Feriköy district of Bomonti offers a unique time travel through the cultural heritage of the city and… Read more »

Guidebook writer Pat Yale on my e-book

Posted on 10 October 2018

Published in: Time Out Istanbul English Marc Guillet has just published a walking guide to Istanbul. Fellow guidebook writer Pat Yale follows him around Kadıköy. “What do you think this used to be?” I’m standing with Dutch journalist Marc Guillet in front of the Kadıköy branch of the chichi small-chain bakery Komşufırın and my eye… Read more »

“Ottomania” is everywhere, even in burgers

Posted on 4 October 2018

The first thing that struck me visiting Istanbul again in the summer of 2006, after having spent seven years in the U.S., was the fast changing face of the city. Many squatter’s houses (‘gecekondu’ in Turkish and translated as ‘built overnight’) in shanty-neighborhoods had been destroyed or were gradually demolished and replaced by modern mass-housing compounds developed by the… Read more »

Oldest graffiti artist adores Atatürk

Posted on 28 September 2018

You will find his work on many walls in Istanbul. On the European as well as on the Asian shores of the Bosporus. I saw him once around 11 PM drawing on exactly this spot in Kadıköy, where the Roma women are selling their flowers. He is retired and in his 70ties. He draws always the… Read more »