• Nazars for Baubles: The Best Festive Gifts in Istanbul

    Nazars for Baubles: The Best Festive Gifts in Istanbul

    Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Yule, this is the season to shower presents on your nearest and dearest.
    Read more »

  • Best New Year's Hotels for 2014

    Best New Year's Hotels for 2014

    Live music, sumptuous banquets, festive parcels, and stunning views are all on offer from these selected locales.
    Read more »

  • Taking The Air at Atatürk Arboretum

    Taking The Air at Atatürk Arboretum

    Willows weep their feathery branches into lily pad-covered lakes, and terrapins swim in the slipstream of gleaming white ducks.
    Read more »

  • Through the Looking Glass: Istanbul's Meyhanes (Part 2)

    Through the Looking Glass: Istanbul's Meyhanes (Part 2)

    The majority of meyhanes today are but shadows of those that were once the heartbeat of Istanbul.
    Read more »

  • İşte Benim, Zeki Müren

    İşte Benim, Zeki Müren

    Turkish classic music icon Zeki Müren's life and career is re-visited through letters, photos, garments, documents, poems and much more owned by the musician, exhibited by the Yapı Kredi Cultural Center.
    Read more »

Restaurants & Cafes

Travel the Silk Road of the Tongue at Go Meso

Much has been written about the Silk Road, the legendary trade route stretching from the Far East to the gates of Europe via Anatolia – but ... Read More »

New In Our Listings

Go Meso
The concept of Go Meso is to ‘journey to the origins of food’, focusing on the ... Read More »

Forno Balat Reinvents the Lahmacun

Situated on a quiet cobbled street almost within sight of the Rum Orthodox Patriarchate, Forno Balat is a real treasure in a district that has kept ... Read More »

 

Minoa Bookstore & Cafe
Constantly on the look out for great new bookstores in Istanbul, and on our travels to bring you ... Read More »

Hotels

Best New Year's Hotels for 2014

Whether visiting the city from abroad or simply wanting to bring in the new year with a dose of luxury, Istanbul's hotels are glorious venues to ... Read More »

New In Our Listings

10 Karaköy
Located in the heart of Karaköy on the busy main road the tram hurtles along, adjacent to ... Read More »
Istanbul Marriott Hotel Asia
Part of the world-renowned Marriott Hotel chain, this hotel offers the best of Istanbul's Asian ... Read More »

Nightlife

Best Places to Drink Beer in Istanbul

Even though rakı  is the popular choice of drink in Istanbul, a few notable pubs and bars have opened their doors to beer enthusiasts. See our ... Read More »

New In Our Listings

U2 Istanbul Irish Pub
A particularly small pub that is often raved about for its cozy atmosphere by its frequenters who ... Read More »
James Joyce Irish Pub
A pub that receives mixed reviews but is nonetheless  flocked to by expats  for a beer ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment

Accessible, Original Art: Art50.net

Following hugely successful online art platforms like Artsy and Paddle8, where some of the biggest names in contemporary art are being sold via the ... Read More »

New In Our Listings

Bstart
Bstart is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Turkish art scene ... Read More »
Art50.net
Launched in April 2014, Art50.net is an online shopping and communication platform for ... Read More »

Shopping

Istanbul Christmas Food Shopping

Hosting a dinner party can be stressful – especially if it’s for one of the most anticipated days of the year: Christmas. But relax, ... Read More »

New In Our Listings

Yastık By Rıfat Özbek HK
A cushion is a luxury; a reminder of a journey, a memory of a dream. Yastik, which means cushion ... Read More »
ECNP Gallery
ECNP Gallery, dating back to 1989, has moved to a new exhibition space. With a wide collection ... Read More »

Lifestyle

Doğu Orcan

Doğu is one of the founders of the music and nightlife news portal Play Tuşu (play button) and a member of the Club Bangkok DJ team, a pillar of ... Read More »

Istanbul101

Through the Looking Glass: Istanbul's Meyhanes (Part 2)

Towards The Modern Times with Meze The majority of the so-called ‘traditional’ meyhanes that we know of and frequent today in ... Read More »

Receive Newsletter

Sign up to our newsletter to receive weekly updates. Please check your input Subscription successful

Follow Us



Subcribe to The Guide Istanbul