Forum of Theodosius, Istanbul

Discover Istanbul’s arts & culture scene with exhibition reviews, museums, concerts, interviews with artists, and contemporary art news.

One of the reasons that Istanbul attracts around 13 million tourists per year – aside from its breathtaking landscape, vibrant culture, and incredible cuisine – is the layered history that makes every street a living museum. At first glance the old city seems dominated by Ottoman mosques, bazaars,...

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Bankalar Lokantası, Istanbul

Learn more about Istanbul’s culinary scene. Our reviews answer your “where to eat, drink, and party” questions  with the best restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs in Istanbul.

A nation’s language is a deeper part of its identity than superficial changes in art, music, or fashion. Another cultural constant is food, recipes passed down from generation to generation. So why do Istanbul’s eateries describe themselves with French loanwords such as büfe and restoran – what...

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Find over 2,000 years of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern history in the city’s museums. From Sufism to photography, Istanbul is full of cultural marvels.

We escaped the noise of Istanbul’s European side one rainy afternoon and found ourselves wandering from Kandilli onward, catching a glimpse of the sea from the wrought iron gates of opulent waterfront estates. It was also on this particular day that we happened upon the The Küçüksu Kasrı (Küçüksu...

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Find over 2,000 years of Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern history in the city’s museums. From Sufism to photography, Istanbul is full of cultural marvels.

It is a common occurrence to come upon an inspiring structure while wandering the streets of a city that has been home to many cultural and religious communities throughout the unrelenting fabric of its history. All that matters is a curious spirit and a touch of the exploratory intention and...

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

Contributed by the bloggers behind Istanbul for 91 Days. We're two guys who travel around the world, spending 91 days in each new destination. Currently, we're in Istanbul. With three months to explore the city, we've had time to hit all the major tourist sights, but also have been able to discover...

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