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

How to drink Turkish coffee

Posted on 18 January 2019

Photos: Slawomira Kozieniec Modern coffee bars like Starbucks and Turkish counterparts like Kahve Dünyası and Mado, where a range of Western coffees are sold, are found in Istanbul’s tourist and upscale westernized districts. In most restaurants bars in the old city they have all kinds of western style coffees too. Elsewhere in the city, the… Read more »

Spicy vegetarian snack: çiğ köfte

Posted on 13 December 2014

Most friends look at me with suspicion when I introduce them to an unfamiliar kind of Turkish snack, çiğ köfte, and translate it into English: seasoned raw meatballs. You see them thinking: ‘no raw meat for me, because that has been sitting around in the sun breeding bacteria; I don’t want to spoil the rest… Read more »

Eat like a local on the streets of Istanbul

Posted on 8 December 2014
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Snacks can be enjoyed anywhere on the streets of Istanbul. There is a big variety. From stuffed mussels to roasted chestnuts. And roasted or boiled corn on the cobs to sesame pretzels (simit) and all kinds of roasted nuts, roasted intestines (iskembe), and sandwiches with grilled fish. Here are some examples from photographer Slawomira Kozieniec.