Ferzan Özpetek
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His latest movie, İstanbul Kırmızısı, brought Ferzan Özpetek back to his hometown of Istanbul, and with all that has changed over the years, he had something to say about it. Words by Caner Kocamaz Photos by Yiğit Eken “Istanbul is changing.” This is a phrase residents of the city have gotten used...

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TGI Food & Drink

Whether you need a residence permit or a taxi to the airport, our practical information builds on 25 years of experience to give you useful tips.

Nothing beats a good travel companion with insider knowledge, but here are some handy digital helpers that will make your Istanbul experience a little more comfortable. TGI Food & Drink (Free, English, iOS) So, you’re looking for a table with a good view, somewhere chic and with a prominent...

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Istanbul layover

Whether you need a residence permit or a taxi to the airport, our practical information builds on 25 years of experience to give you useful tips.

Getting stuck with a long layover sounds about as exciting as a trip to the mall. However, Istanbul offers a lot for those who find themselves with a long waiting period between flights at one of the busiest airport hubs in Europe. Take a look at our guide for the best ways to discover Istanbul in...

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How to get residence permit in Istanbul

Whether you need a residence permit or a taxi to the airport, our practical information builds on 25 years of experience to give you useful tips.

Dear reader, please note that this article is strictly informational . For details we advise you to direct all your questions to the Directorate General of the Migration Management located on Vatan Caddesi No. 64 in Istanbul. They will be able to address all concerns you might have. Most foreigners...

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Haldun Dormen - photo by Merve Göral
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Haldun Dormen received The Guide Istanbul at his museum-like house in Teşvikiye, where he has lived for the past twenty years. Sitting in a room filled with books, vinyl, cassettes, photos, and posters from his plays, the living legend of Turkish theater rose to greet us with unexpected energy....

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Turkish AFAD

Whether you need a residence permit or a taxi to the airport, our practical information builds on 25 years of experience to give you useful tips.

Istanbul is located on the axis of a great fault line, making it a city exposed to a greater chance of an earthquake. If you haven’t had the chance to participate in a professional training preparing you for such emergency, this article covers preparation basics. Preparing in advance is a crucial...

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Rainy day, Istanbul - photo by Merve Göral

Whether you’re local or a newcomer, The Guide Istanbul gives inside information about life in Istanbul. Explore the neighborhoods and get practical information.

When the sun isn't shining on Istanbul, and the idea of strolling around its diverse neighborhoods isn't so appealing, there are still plenty of places to make a dash for. Here are our top 7 rainy day activities in Istanbul (in no particular order). 1. If you happen to be in Istanbul during...

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Kemal Müderrisoğlu, Jean Cesar Reboul, Reboul Pharmacy

Whether you’re local or a newcomer, The Guide Istanbul gives inside information about life in Istanbul. Explore the neighborhoods and get practical information.

Since its humble beginnings on İstiklal Street in 1895, the Rebul brand has been intangibly intertwined with Istanbul’s history, know for capturing the allure of the city and distilling it into a bottle. The original shop, called the Grande Pharmacie Parisienne, was one of Turkey’s first pharmacies...

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Bülent Eczacıbaşı - photo by Muhsin Akgün
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The Eczacıbaşı family’s rise to fame began 100 years ago in İzmir, where Süleyman Ferit gained the surname - meaning head pharmacist - for his high-quality medicines. His grandson, Bülent Eczacıbaşı, is chairman of Eczacıbaşı Holding, one of Turkey’s largest industrial groups. But among many...

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Meriç Vitrin Mankenleri

A handy guide for newcomers or residents to the city’s most interesting, beautiful neighborhoods. Includes useful tips, reviews of the best places to go, and a map.

Although it is only a five-minute walk from Taksim, the Dolapdere neighborhood does not appear in any tour brochure and most visitors will only see it through the window of a bus from the airport. Similar to the nearby Tarlabaşı area, the old Greek and Levantine houses of Dolapdere were abandoned...

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Biking by the Bosphorus or finding a sports club, The Guide Istanbul knows where to go. Learn about the latest classes from Suadiye windsurfing to Cihangir yoga.

Now is the perfect time for you to get out of the confines of your gym and embrace the outside world as your treadmill. As milder weather arrives in Istanbul, running becomes a great way to both exercise and take in the sights of the city. Istanbul's many parks, neighborhoods, and paths make it a...

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Boğaziçi Paws, photo by Merve Göral

Whether you’re local or a newcomer, The Guide Istanbul gives inside information about life in Istanbul. Explore the neighborhoods and get practical information.

You hear them before you make it up the hill. One low bark breaks the idyllic quiet of Boğaziçi University’s backwoods, quickly followed by a rousing, rising chorus. Soon, flop-eared mutts appear in the distance, bounding towards us with mouths open in ridiculous grins. Crowding about our heels,...

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Mario Levi, photo by Merve Göral
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While Istanbul’s overall population has swelled from around 1 million in 1945 to 15 million today, various splits and calamities have caused much of the city’s Christian and Jewish populations to emigrate. Along with this movement, the living memories of old Istanbul have slowly evaporated. One...

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Istanbul ferries

Whether you’re local or a newcomer, The Guide Istanbul gives inside information about life in Istanbul. Explore the neighborhoods and get practical information.

Millions of photos are shared on every channel of social media; moments immortalized by the click of a digital shutter. How far we've come over the centuries. On August 19, 1839, the patent for the first practical photographic process was bought by the French government and announced as a gift "...

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Enstitü, otherwise known as Istanbul Culinary Institute, is a culinary school in Istanbul, founded in 2007 by chef Hande Bozdoğan. Since June 2014, Enstitü has moved from their Tepebaşı location to Kadir Has University Campus in Cibali, near the Golden Horn. The Institute is home to a chef school,...

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This institution started off as Robert College, a school founded by Dr. Cyrus Hamlin, an educator, inventor, technician, architect and builder, and Mr. Christopher Rheinlander Robert, a well-known philanthropist and wealthy merchant from New York. The school officially became Boğaziçi University in...

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Galatasaray University has roots way back in the Ottoman Empire with the first form of it being established in 1481 by Sultan Beyazit II. It was set up under its current name as a state university in 1994 in Ortaköy. Bachelors programs in a number of disciplines including Communications,...

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In 1993, Koç University was founded as a private university in Istanbul. Since its establishment, Koç University has become one of the leading universities in Turkey. In 2011, the university hosted 329 staff members to support teaching, learning and research. With its liberal arts paradigm, Koç...

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The Anatolian Vineyards and Winemaking Company was founded by Jean-Luc Colin, a French wine expert who came to Turkey 18 years ago and is the only foreign oenologist living in the country. Besides specializing in oenology (the study of wine and winemaking), the Company also specializes in...

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