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.

Superstitions are strange indicators about one's culture. No matter which country you find yourself in, there will always be strange phrases, idioms, and stories that the locals tell with enthusiasm. In Turkey, there are almost too many to count! Here is a list of some of the most common Turkish...

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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.

No doubt about it, now is the perfect season to be sipping a steaming bowl of hot soup. Luckily for us, Istanbul is full of diverse, stomach-warming options to bolster our souls against the cold. Here are a few of our favorites. Kapta Soupasta You can’t go wrong with the healthy options here, like...

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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.

Whether you admire the beauty of a crystal’s intricate geometry, the way in which it cascades rainbow light across the room, or its potential to channel certain energies, there is a crystal for you on this list. Tohum by Verda Alaton: These award-winning designs aim to celebrate the inherent beauty...

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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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A short walk from the bustling Ali Suavi Sokak, referred to by locals as “The Artist’s Square,” Art Sequoia is a newly opened ceramics studio that adds another layer of creativity to this neighborhood. Walking down the street, bright and eccentric ceramic pieces immediately capture your attention and it is impossible not to peek inside to see the hand-crafted personality and details of these objects. Rabia Özdemir Tokat, the owner of Art Sequoia, characterizes her space as a not only a shop but also a workshop space and art gallery. Her motivation for opening the store is to reach people who seek to use art as a form of rehabilitation or therapy, and she invites anyone to participate in one of her ceramics workshop sessions.

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