• Adventure Issue is OUT NOW

    Adventure Issue is OUT NOW

    The latest issue of The Guide Istanbul is an adventure issue, stuffed full of adventure sports in Turkey to appeal to the secret adrenaline junkie in all of us. The July / August issue of The Guide Istanbul is available to buy in stores now.
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  • 22nd Istanbul Jazz Festival

    22nd Istanbul Jazz Festival

    Jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca will perform as part of the 22nd Istanbul Jazz Festival, accompanied by the Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara. We catch up for a pre-performance conversation on fusion music and inspiration.
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  • Rumi's heirs

    Rumi's heirs

    Find out what Elif Shafak has to say on Sufism and how Rumi has inspired her.
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  • Off the Beaten Path

    Off the Beaten Path

    The island of Burgazada, sprinkled on either side by pretty red-roofed houses, is home to Hristos Tepesi, or Hill of Christ, with unrivalled views of Istanbul and the Marmara Sea.
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  • Opulent iftar tables

    Opulent iftar tables

    Istanbul's high-end hotels and restaurants are getting ready for the fasting month of Ramadan.
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Restaurants & Cafes

What's in season: cherries

Hanging from Turkey’s 8 million cherry trees, the heart-shaped fruits are nature’s popsicles and a delicious herald of the summer ... Read More »

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The Globe
The Globe restaurant, which in its first year of operations served more than 200.000 dishes, is a ... Read More »

Classic fish restaurants on the waterfront

Food doesn’t get much simpler than the winning combination of fish and a glass of ice-cold, cloudy rakı . The two are very good friends, so ... Read More »

 

Sofra London
The Sofra London Karaköy restaurant represents something of a homecoming for Hüzeyin ... Read More »

Hotels

Narköy: the friendly farm

Even sprawling, gargantuan Istanbul, has its limits, and beyond these limits was where we were going, the three of us squeezed into a car with our ... Read More »

New In Our Listings

Banker Han
Housed in the renovated historic Banker Han, the hotel offers 36 stylish yet playful guest rooms ... Read More »
Régie Ottoman Istanbul
Set in a renovated 150-year-old Ottoman building, Régie Ottoman Istanbul is located on ... Read More »

Nightlife

Talking jazz with Roberto Fonseca

Having played with the legendary Buena Vista Social Club around the world, pianist Roberto Fonseca is a national star of Cuban music. The personal ... Read More »

New In Our Listings

SUPA Suriye Pasajı Salon
Located in the heart of the city, SUPA, the Suriye Pasajı Salon is an event space managed by ... Read More »
Luzia
Arnavutköy may once have counted as a sleepy village on the outskirts of the city, but those ... Read More »

Arts & Entertainment

Summertime* at Galerist

Most Western teenagers will have been exposed to this classic from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John: "Summer loving, had me a blast, summer ... Read More »

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Jingledak
Jingledak is a musical composition and production company. The company specializes in music for ... Read More »
DiArtPrints
DiArtPrints is a gallery created with the aim of providing art enthusiasts with a place where they ... Read More »

Shopping

The Guide Istanbul July / August 2015 Issue Is Out Now!

Dear Readers,    Last year we met with base jumper Cengiz Kocak in our office. During our conversation, I mentioned that I was ... Read More »

New In Our Listings

Turkuaz Ceramics
The variety of ceramics Turkuaz owner Tarkan Özbudak has amassed in his three narrow ... Read More »
H&M
The opening of H&M on the Asian side in Istanbul took place in Spring 2015.  The Asian ... Read More »

Lifestyle

Spirituality in the city

We are alive in curious times. Is it any wonder, then, that more and more of us are asking ourselves some fundamental questions? Privately, we ... Read More »

Istanbul101

Off the beaten path: Christos Metamorphosis Monastery

As you approach the island of Burgazada , it rises up out of the sea, its green summit (of 170m) that slopes smoothly down on either side ... Read More »

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