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

Turks drink most tea in the world

Posted on 30 November 2018

Not in China, nor in the United Kingdom people drink most tea in the world, but in Turkey. No less than 3.16 kg per person per year. Tea is part of Turkish culture. Offering a glass tea to any stranger and all guests is a traditional token of Turkish hospitality. Most restaurants offer tea for… Read more »

Street vendors give Istanbul extra charm

Posted on 21 November 2018

One of the many charms of Istanbul is that you still find lots of street vendors, also called hawkers, everywhere. They sell all kinds of merchandise or provide services like shining your shoes. It reminds me of my youth in the south of the Netherlands where I saw them selling sweets, or shoe shine, or sharpening… Read more »

Taxis in Istanbul: do’s & don’ts

Posted on 5 November 2018

Here are my do’s and don’ts when using taxis in Istanbul. Based on my own experiences and those of friends and other visitors who send me their experiences on my site. I have met a lot of nice, helpful and friendly taxi drivers in Istanbul. But there are also cabbies in this city who want… Read more »

Walk in the footsteps of Orhan Pamuk

Posted on 1 November 2018

By Nick Augusteijn Some people know Istanbul from a travel agency advertisement, a website or a newspaper. Others may have seen Istanbul in a movie or saw the city featured in a documentary. Still others know the city from hearsay. Some, on the other hand, know Istanbul from the works of Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk…. Read more »

Useful apps in Istanbul

Posted on 22 October 2018

You want to know where the taxi closest to you is, but don’t see one anywhere? Curious where the growing number of street art is? Or you just want to know what Turkish words you should use? Here are several of the most useful apps in Istanbul. http://www.seslisozluk.net/ Dictionary https://bitaksi.com/ For taxis http://www.streetart-istanbul.com/ Street art More about these… Read more »