Chez Galip - photo by Merve Göral

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.

The ease of navigation around a town, that is divided by a river makes visitors adapt to the new location much faster. They quickly learn distinctive markers of each bank, finding the best spots preferred by locals and making them their own. This is the case of Kızılırmak, Turkey’s longest river...

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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.

Dan Brown’s fourth novel in the Robert Langdon series, Inferno , topped bestseller lists everywhere since its publication in May 2013 and, as many are now aware, is partially set in Istanbul. As with two of Brown's previous books, Inferno is now hitting the big screen with Tom Hanks and a new...

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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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Kemer Golf Country Club, photo by Merve Göral

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.

For a sport that allows you to be in close contact with nature, gives you an immense feeling of freedom, and helps build a close relationship with a beautiful animal, look no further than horseback riding. Take up this hobby at any age by starting with the essentials. Children between four and...

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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.

Located in the curving architecture of Kanyon shopping mall , this chic, ultramodern athletic facility is one of the best in Istanbul. The Mars Athletic Facility (MAC) offers sweat-inducing, muscle-stretching, endorphin-rushing activities to meet you every whim, fancy, or need. Get your heart...

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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.

Established by Zeynep Aksoy, David Cornwell, and Rebekka Haas, Cihangir Yoga is a relaxation center and an educational center. Here, a wide range of yoga classes are offered (about 100 per week) and soon-to-be yoga instructors enroll in certified teacher training programs. Yoga classes here include...

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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.

For the harried urbanite, YogaŞala is one of Istanbul’s most aesthetic, economic and professional bodywork studios. Its wide selection of courses includes over six varieties of yoga, mat Pilates and pre-natal classes. Popular with the foreign set, roughly half of the sessions are taught in English...

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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.

Carries a large selection of goods for such activities as swimming, camping, climbing, diving, water sports, and much more.

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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.

Panter is located in one of the oldest buildings on İstiklal Caddesi. Once an English High School during the late Ottoman period, it was later used as a showroom for a variety of foreign fur products. Describing Panter as stationary store would not bring justice to its name. Indeed, Panter carries...

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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.

Hasan Yedek and Deniz Eskisi have been managing this museum-like antique boutique since the 1990s. While their boutique originally opened selling a wide range of objects, over the years they narrowed their focus to nautical equipment and antiques. The majority of their collection is second hand....

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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.

Elio Sedef Restaurant is part of the exclusive private island beach complex on the smallest of the Prince's Islands ; Sedef Adası (meaning Mother of Pearl Island). Largely covered with pine forests and private property, this is one of the two private beaches on the island and offers peace and quiet...

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Located in the curving architecture of Kanyon shopping mall , this chic, ultramodern athletic facility is one of the best in Istanbul. The Mars Athletic Facility (MAC) offers sweat-inducing, muscle-stretching, endorphin-rushing activities to meet you every whim, fancy, or need. Get your heart...

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Managed by Boğazici University’s alumni association, Burç Beach is located on the Black Sea in Kilyos. Also open to non-alumni, this beautiful beach is a great place to relax or enjoy a range of activities that include beach volleyball, kite flying, windsurfing, catamaran, kite boarding, and more....

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For the harried urbanite, YogaŞala is one of Istanbul’s most aesthetic, economic and professional bodywork studios. Its wide selection of courses includes over six varieties of yoga, mat Pilates and pre-natal classes. Popular with the foreign set, roughly half of the sessions are taught in English...

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This is a one-stop-shop wonder for all your baking needs. Housed in the unlikely neighborhood of Tahtakale, move past the traditional aktars , delis, tools and woodworkers and you will find Besan. What ever you wish to use in your kitchen, cafe or bar you will most probably find it here. Besan...

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There are several superhero-themed shops in Istanbul, but Pow is the city's first. The store first opened its doors selling graphic novel along with a few figures. Today, the boutique's collections focus primarily on action figures. While they still sell graphic novels, they also have comic, hero...

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Babylon offers an appealing alternative for the warm summer nights: Babylon Kilyos is the summer equivalent of Beyoğlu's Babylon, located north of Istanbul in the village of Kilyos. The village offers great beaches and gives the perfect excuse for a day at the Black Sea, combined with one of...

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Established by Zeynep Aksoy, David Cornwell, and Rebekka Haas, Cihangir Yoga is a relaxation center and an educational center. Here, a wide range of yoga classes are offered (about 100 per week) and soon-to-be yoga instructors enroll in certified teacher training programs. Yoga classes here include...

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Sedef Adası is the smallest of the Princes' Islands and is still mostly covered with pine forests and private property. One of the two private beaches on the island, Club Ada Sedef offers peace and quiet away from the crowds, as well as good food and service.

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Located next to the marina, this quiet park is a gathering place for locals to relax and meet up. Unique in that it is actually located on an island, this park also provides awe-inspiring views of the Bosphorus and the Historical Peninsula.

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Set in an apartment building in Selamiçeşme, Yoga Rooms has a homely and personal feel. It is one of the best yoga spots on the Asian side and was opened in 2009 by friends and teachers Canan and Ebru. Turkish, American and Brazilian teachers also lead classes in English or a combination of English...

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Sport Soul is a safe haven for all sport-lovers and active-livers. This Bebek shop is one of three throughout Istanbul that house over 35 quality brand names from Adidas and Nike to The North Face to Toms and Vans. The shop hosts a variety of different footwear from cross-country runners to hiking...

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This boutique yoga studio hidden away in the green slopes of Zekeriyaköy offers yoga and pilates classes as well as bodywork, meditation sessions, workshops, and therapies far away from the hectic city center. The weekly schedule overflows with options from children's yoga to Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga...

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For the harried urbanite, YogaŞala is one of Istanbul’s most aesthetic, economic and professional bodywork studios. Its wide selection of courses includes over six varieties of yoga, mat Pilates and pre-natal classes. Popular with the foreign set, roughly half of the sessions are taught in English...

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For the festive excitement of all this holiday season, Vakko will be hosting an ice skating rink in the garden of its Suadiye store.

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Whether you are new to the golfing world or you were a natural-born putter, Golf Store Istanbul is the ideal place to satisfy your golfing needs. The shop carries an array of brands that will suit most budgets. If golfing is a new hobby of yours, you will find the proper beginner's equipment and...

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A former teacher at BAPS, Bilal Işlar is assisted by Burçak who translates for him when necessary. The comfortable, modern facilities are well equipped and have a homely feel that makes sure you get a really personal work-out. He offers private or duet 50 minute sessions.

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Offering a unique fitness option, Upaqua features a special Spa Bike and pool gymnastics that use water resistance to tone muscles and get rid of cellulite. With two visitations per week, half an hour sessions burn up to 400-600 calories, and visible results are visible in about two months.

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Fem Güçlütürk is the woman behind Labofem and has been dubbed an indoor plant specialist. But this wouldn't do her justice. Güçlütürk's boutique is a reporpused Motorcycle garage that now acts in part as a greenhouse, store, and altelier. And yet, her space is more than all of these combined....

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Carries a large selection of goods for such activities as swimming, camping, climbing, diving, water sports, and much more.

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Suadiye Windsurf Club is a water sports facility on the Marmara Sea where you can learn to maneuver sailboards, catamarans, and lazers – not the electromagnetic kind, we promise – and then take them out for a spin! Lessons and rentals are available for both young and old enthusiasts. Ride the...

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