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

Street vendors give Istanbul extra charm

Posted on 14 October 2019

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 »

Kumpir: Turkish baked potato

Posted on 5 October 2019

Photos: Slawomira Kozieniec Kumpir is the Turkish name for a baked potato with various fillings. It is one of my favorite fast foods in Istanbul. They are made with big – I mean really big – potatoes that are wrapped with foil and baked in special ovens. The potatoes are cut straight down the middle… Read more »

Taxis in Istanbul: do’s & don’ts

Posted on 29 September 2019

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 »

My top 10 of favorite restaurants

Posted on 25 August 2019

By foodie Wendy Serter ROOF 16 – SWISS HOTEL ROOFTOP (only open in summer season) Swiss Hotel The Bosphorus, 16th floor. Tel: 0212-326 11 00 Most fabulous view of Istanbul. All food are culinary art. Great cocktails. Vibrant atmosphere with live DJ. One of the best places to spend your nights in Istanbul. 2. KISS THE… Read more »

Useful apps in Istanbul

Posted on 22 August 2019

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 »