Maiden's Tower, photo by Elif Savari Kızıl

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

With its vibrant lifestyle and natural beauty, Istanbul mesmerizes its visitors all the time. Countless various cultures have been living side-by-side in the city for centuries, and it can be seen in every detail of every street corner. As if just looking at photos of the city were not enough, we...

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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.

“Once a good quality product meets a good story, I think it'll find its place in Istanbul.” Those are the words of TWELV12 founder and designer Yasemin Zamanpur - and we agree. The story of TWELV12 is a simple one, really: what was once a personal whim - a peaceful doodling habit - has been turned...

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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.

No one understands nostalgia better than Orhan Pamuk. In his saga of love and loss, The Museum of Innocence , and in his museum of the same name , all eyes are on the objects which are the symbols of a life which has passed, never to return again. Nostalgia to most conjures up contrived images for...

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From Cunda to Olympos, Turkey’s coastline is full of treasures. Follow our advice for the best places to stay, local cuisines, and adventures off the beaten path.

So, after months (or even years) of planning, you’ve have had the day of your dreams, and everything went swimmingly (apart from the drunk uncle, the eye-opening revelations of the best man’s speech, and an emotional best friend crying into her dress that she’s “always the bridesmaid and never the...

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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 cold breeze has finally made its way into the city as a harbinger of change. A change of seasons that is, and specifically the arrival of different kinds of delectable fresh fish. Which fish do we mean specifically? September : Sardines, Swordfish, Bonito October : All types of fish (migration...

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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.

For some, eating fish in Istanbul calls to mind balık ekmek (fish sandwiches) bought from boats on the Golden Horn. For others, it’s a fish lunch at Anadolu Kavağı, or at a restaurant underneath the Galata bridge. While all of the above are certainly worth trying, they’re hardly the last word on...

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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.

Anyone who’s gone food-shopping in Istanbul eventually runs into the following problem: how do you know that the cucumbers labeled as Çengelköy salatalığı really come from Çengelköy? Or that the anchovies sold at your local fish market really come from the Black Sea? There’s a similar problem when...

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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.

Fishing Responsibly It’s important to fish responsibly, as commercial fishing is currently depleting Turkey’s stock of this precious natural resource. You should pay attention to the size/age of the fish; by throwing back young, immature fish, you will give them a chance to reproduce before being...

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