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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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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British Consulate, 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.

Argentina Askerocağı Caddesi No.6 Süzer Plaza 16/F, Elmadağ; T: (0212) 243 11 70​ Australia Askerocağı Caddesi No.15, Şişli T: (0212) 393 85 42​ Austria Köybaşı Caddesi No.42-46, Yeniköy; T: (0212) 363 84 10​ Azerbaijan Sülün Sokak No.26, Levent, T: (0212) 325 80 42-43​ Belgium Sıraselviler Caddesi...

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Blue Mosque, Sultanamet

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.

The recent attacks on Istanbul are a saddening tragedy. But if such cowardly attacks convince people not to visit Istanbul, that will be another tragedy. The city has been the capital of three major empires – the Romans, the Byzantines, and the Ottomans – and many agree that Istanbul is one of the...

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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.

Let’s assume that you know zero Turkish. Firstly, that’s probably not true – if you’ve ever eaten yogurt, if you’ve tried baklava or worn a balaclava, if you’ve visited a kiosk or eaten pastrami, if you’ve read about shamans or stayed in a yurt, then you already known some Turkish words. But this...

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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.

The highly prestigious Mutfak Sanatları Akademisi, the only culinary school in Turkey officially recognized by the Ministry of Education, is located in Maslak. Founded in 2004, the school offers both professional training for aspiring chefs and workshops for amateur food lovers. Related Content...

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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.

The International Wine & Spirits Academy in Şişli is situated in the Key Plaza skyscraper. The IWSA is a chic inner sanctum with all the facilities a professional bartender and maitre d' could hope for to take them to the next level of expertise and luxury hospitality service. Boasting a...

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Discover Istanbul’s gourmet boutiques, speciality shops, and Turkish designers. Learn about Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar, and the city’s largest shopping malls.

Located in the historical neighborhood of Eminönü, under the shadow of the historical Yeni Cami, Urfa Pazarı carries the rich selection of foodstuffs so typical to Turkish cuisine. From seeds to spices to salça (paste), these goods present the best that each region of Turkey has to offer. More than...

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Discover Istanbul’s gourmet boutiques, speciality shops, and Turkish designers. Learn about Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar, and the city’s largest shopping malls.

Across the way from one of the more prestigious schools in Istanbul (and its history), lies a magical place with less frills but just as much history, and just as much respect. You can locate the Balık Pazarı (Fish Market) on İstiklal by its iron arch with the named welded in it, or by the shouts...

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Discover Istanbul’s gourmet boutiques, speciality shops, and Turkish designers. Learn about Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar, and the city’s largest shopping malls.

To the right of Mısır Çarşısı (Spice Bazaar) are colorful streets filled with shops and delicatessens that are never empty. Here you can buy everything you need from fresh produce to meats and cheese to party supplies and stools. Instead of walking into the entrance of Mısır Çarşısı, go around the...

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The highly prestigious Mutfak Sanatları Akademisi, the only culinary school in Turkey officially recognized by the Ministry of Education, is located in Maslak. Founded in 2004, the school offers both professional training for aspiring chefs and workshops for amateur food lovers. Related Content...

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Cevahir AVM (shopping center), accessed through the Şişli metro, is one of Istanbul's largest shopping centers. The store carries popular brands from every department, from some of the largest Koçtaş es and Migros es to Intimissimi to a whole floor dedicated to footwear. The shopping center is big...

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A combination of luxurious and affordable brands come together in this shopping mall which also has a food court to take a break. Related Content Article Sapphire: The Third Eye of Istanbul ; by Talya Arditi

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In this Kasimpaşa pazar (market), seasons are not determined by months but by produce. That is the first sign of autumn isnt the first fall of leaves but when these vendors display their famous collections of wild mushrooms and chestnuts. In fact, Istanbulites travel from throughout the city to...

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Terrzi is an upscale men’s tailor located in Hilton Istanbul. It is known for its computer-based technology, which duplicates the shape of a person’s body on the first fitting session thereby eliminating the need for further fitting sessions. Terrzi also provides one-day delivery services....

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The inviting smell of fresh baked goods will whet anyone's appetite. So, it's no wonder that you'll usually find a line spilling out of this bakery and on to the sidewalk - it moves fast, though. Tarihi Harbiye Fırını opened its doors in 1948 and continues to be the main fırın (oven) for Pangaltı...

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La Misura originally opened as a tailor specializing in custom-made shirts. Today, the boutique spans over four floors of the Levent building, which includes a show room to showcase the final products and a lounge for the convenience of the client. The over experience is one that is truly luxurious...

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The Culinary Arts Center (YESAM) was founded to research various aspects of Turkish food culture from past to present, to preserve the rich tapestry of foods and the traditions surrounding them in areas populated by Turkish people and within Turkey itself, to ensure that this culture is handed down...

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AREL School is a private institution located in the residential neighborhood of Bahçelievleri. The school has a primary, middle and high school. They also offer an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program (MYP) in Turkish. These programs are known for their...

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Marmara Eğitim Kurumları manages private and co-educational schools located in the neighborhood of Maltepe. In addition to offering educational services and extra curricular programs, the Marmara İlkokulu (primary school) offers an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) while the...

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The International Wine & Spirits Academy in Şişli is situated in the Key Plaza skyscraper. The IWSA is a chic inner sanctum with all the facilities a professional bartender and maitre d' could hope for to take them to the next level of expertise and luxury hospitality service. Boasting a...

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Capitol shopping center was built in 1993, however it continues to update itself to compete with other centers like Zorlu and Istinye. Like other shopping malls you will find nearly everything you need from home and kitchen to children’s wear to electronics. The brand names they carry also range...

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First conceived as a glass studio, the Glass Furnace Foundation has burgeoned into a hub of international glass artistry, production, and instruction. Hosting world-renowned artists, the foundation hopes to foster excellence among its students as well as contribute to Turkey’s developing glass art...

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The Yeşilköy Çarşamba Pazar (Wednesday Market) located in the Bakırköy district of Istanbul, sets up shops spanning over 7 or 8 streets. Like other markets, it is not easy to miss it; vendors are shouting amidst of a traffic jam of people and cars are beeping within an actual traffic jam. If you...

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Reşat Balık Market has been serving seasonal and prepared fish at the heart of Galatasaray Balık Pazarı (fish market) since 1941. And it's no wonder that among the many tourists passing through, Istanbulites continue to return. If, like many, you are not entirely sure what buy or how to tell what...

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Celal Bey deals with the restoration and maintenance of antique gold-leaf frames and mirrors, which are made brand new in the atelier in the basement. Antik Varak also has a location in Cihangir if you don’t want to cross to the Asian side

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As Turkey's first bar caterer, Alcoholoco provies bar service and rental, cocktail workshops, barmen shows and coffee services for the event of your choice. Catering anything from a wedding to a product launch, Alcoholoco and its bar service is sure to add some flavour and excitement to your...

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Tarlabaşı Community Center is a social support center run by the Tarlabaşı Community Support Association. It provides social, psychological, and educational support for residents of Tarlabaşı, an area close to Taksim that is undergoing urban renewal. The center is open to volunteers in various...

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Eyüboğlu Schools are private educational institutions located in the neighborhood of Ataşehir. The school has a primary, middle and high school. They also offer an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP). These programs are known for their academic vigor that has carried them to a...

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Özel Acarkent Doga Anadolu Lisesi is a private and co-educational school located in the neighborhood of Beykoz. In addition to offering educational services and extra curricular programs, they also offer an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (DP) in English. These programs are known for...

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