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

Orient Express nostalgia in Pera Palas

Posted on 22 October 2019

The legendary Pera Palas Hotel is getting more attention again. Not only because the old grandeur is back after undergoing a major renovation and restoration project (2006-2010). Also because of a great book that has just been published Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul, by Charles King. I loved reading it. It is… 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 »

Bosphorus Spot to Warm the Culinary Heart

Posted on 4 February 2019

Friday night frolicking began with a walk down memory lane. (Literally way down a huge decline and through a dark laneway.) A pre-dinner night time stroll through Ulus Park, where you can breathe in perhaps the best view in Istanbul at night (too amazing to capture on film), reminiscing and working up an appetite were… Read more »

‘The Hood’ a welcome addition to Istanbul’s foodie scene

Posted on 23 January 2019

Hovering like a big blue monstrosity over the Kadıköy skyline sits the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. Not the most glamorous sky scraper but none the less, a part of the skyline with an uninterrupted view of the Bosphorus, literally the best view on the Asian side of Istanbul. All set to release their new restaurant… Read more »

Turkish Wines Sommeliers’ Selection

Posted on 28 February 2017

Question: Where would you find 179 different wines, 40 Turkish wine producers, 2 Master Sommeliers, 1 Timeout award winning Dutch chef, 4 tasting rooms, a wine tasting Master class, Turkish cheese galore, Derun sourdough, many ‘would be, could be’ wine experts, 1 Dutch journalist and Foodie Frolics? Answer: At the Sommeliers’ Selection Turkey this past… Read more »