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Shopping in Istanbul

Shopping in Istanbul

Located on the antique Silk Road, trade has been an essential part of life in Istanbul since ancient times. Quality fabrics, gold, silver, jewellery, leather goods, silk scarves, rugs of all sizes, teas, fake goods…shopping in Istanbul is an adventure and her shops won’t disappoint. more ...

The best markets in Istanbul

The best markets in Istanbul

Markets in Istanbul come in all stripes, and will sell you everything and anything. The wealth of markets in Istanbul is one of the things that makes the city so vibrant. It’s here, more than anywhere else, where the hackles will rise on the back of your neck in an indication that you are witnessing the truly exotic... more ...

All you need to know about Museums in Istanbul

All you need to know about Museums in Istanbul

I’m really tired of using the same old worn out clichés when introducing Istanbul. You know the ones I mean, if you don’t I’ll give you a few examples, ready, where East meets West, the city spanning continents, where the magic of the orient meets the modernity the West, Europe meets Asia, you get the point. So avoiding clichés today’s post is about museums in Istanbul, of which there are lots and you can probably guess the reason why, yep you guessed it, East meets West. more ...

Istanbul Shopping Fest 2012

Istanbul Shopping Fest 2012

If shopping in Istanbul is big business, the Istanbul Shopping Fest 2012 is set to be huge. With a growing economy and investment of 50 m lira from Turkish airlines, the 2012 edition of the Istanbul Shopping Fest is sure to be a wallet-busting success. more ...

International Istanbul Music Festival 2012

International Istanbul Music Festival 2012

Calling all musicians! Which is more resonant: a full-piece orchestra or just a single person and their instrument? Find out in the International Istanbul Music Festival 2012, this coming June. more ...

Apartment of the week in Istanbul: the Kempinski 6

Apartment of the week in Istanbul: the Kempinski 6

Our recommended apartment this week, the Kempinski 6 apartment, features cosy exposed-brick details, a breakfast bar, floods of natural light and comfortable beds to make it a real Turkish home for up to four people. It also offers you the priceless opportunity to wake up every morning and have breakfast in front of the view of the Bosphorus that the large windows offer, meaning you can both relax at home and be involved with the goings-on of the city at the same time. more ...

Istanbul Nightlife

Istanbul Nightlife

Istanbul straddling two continents is where east meets west; history and modernity sitting side by side. During the day lose yourself amid the hustle and bustle of the markets, step back into history and admire the magnificent Islamic architecture of the mosques and palaces from the byzantine and ottoman empires and when the sun goes down leave old Istanbul behind and step into the glitz and glamour of the Istanbul nightlife. Discover where young and young at heart go to party the night away with our guide to the Istanbul nightlife… more ...

Visit a Hamam in Istanbul

Visit a Hamam in Istanbul

What once formed the fabric of life during the Ottoman Empire has become a must for anyone visiting Istanbul. A place where you can step back in time, experience the Istanbul of old, leave the daily stresses at the door and indulge yourself with some luxurious pampering. We are of course talking about a visit to one of the city’s famed Hamams. The ritual of visiting a Hamam can be quite daunting for the uninitiated so before stepping through the door let’s go through the ritual or what you can expect. more ...

Visiting the Princes’ Islands in Istanbul

Visiting the Princes’ Islands in Istanbul

Step back in time, to a place where there’s no cars and no traffic. The only sounds are the birds, the holidaymakers, and perhaps the occasional horse-and-cart trotting past. Open your eyes. Where are you? Surprisingly few people would have guessed the answer: the Princes’ Islands, Istanbul. more ...

The most typical dishes of Turkish cuisine

The most typical dishes of Turkish cuisine

We’re sure you’ve gobbled down a tasty kebab from the corner bar more than once, but if you’re going travelling to Istanbul in the near future and your knowledge of typical Turkish food can be reduced to döners and pita bread, we recommend you have a look at this article. more ...

Istanbul Gay Guide

Istanbul Gay Guide

A large percentage of Turkey’s population is Muslim, but as with alcohol the attitude towards gays is much more relaxed than other Islamic cultures. Pride has been celebrated in Istanbul since 2003, and brought together more than 100,000 people in 2013 a far cry from the 50 at the inaugural Pride celebration. Despite this, the LGBT collective is far from visible so a certain amount of discretion is recommended. more ...

The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar

Hand-painted ceramics, jewels, antiques, carpets (might any of them be magic?), coloured lamps, the scent of spices and leather, the rumble of the stallkeeper’s conversations… the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is one of those incredible places which makes you feel as if you’d walked into a tale from the Thousand and One Nights. more ...

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