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

All things pickled in Kadıköy bazaar

Posted on 3 December 2014

Özcan Turşuları is my favorite shop with all things pickled in the neighborhood bazaar of Kadıköy. Look around in this shop and you will be amazed by the huge and colorful collection of pickled vegetables, ranging from gherkins, red beets and white cabbage to garlic, green tomatoes and carrots. Everything here is made using traditional… Read more »

Discover remarkable Istanbul

Posted on 7 May 2012

Explore the many layers of history that make up the fabric of Istanbul while strolling through the back streets of Istanbul’s ethnic neighborhoods and historic districts. TAKSIM AND BEYOĞLU. This district is the symbol of modern Istanbul, with a lot of Ottoman, multi-cultural flavor from the time that Istanbul was still Constantinople. CIHANGIR. The cosy neighborhood of the… Read more »

Discover Taksim and Beyoğlu

Posted on 15 December 2011

  Taksim, also known as Beyoğlu, is the modern part of Istanbul and the symbol of modern Turkey. It was always the district where most non-Muslim foreigners lived since Ottoman times. Here you find most pubs, restaurants and trendy shops; most live music venues and art galleries. And the biggest catholic church of Istanbul. In… Read more »

Manço’s mansion is now a museum

Posted on 5 November 2011

Barış Manço, the late popsinger, composer, song-writer and musician, remains one of the most popular public figures of Turkey. One of the ferry boats on the route between Kadiköy , on the Asian side of Istanbul, and Karaköy, on the European side, is named after him. In the Moda neighbourhood, where he had a mansion,… Read more »

Walk through trendy Cihangir

Posted on 27 July 2011

This is the district of the old bourgeoisie, built in the 19th century, has an atmosphere that reminds us of Paris. Writers, reporters, artists and foreigners live here who work for diplomatic missions, at schools and foreign companies. An area that overlooks the Bosporus, the old city and the Golden Horn. You will enjoy the boutiques,… Read more »