Talk of the table Best foodie pop-ups in Istanbul

Foodie networks keep the culinary scene vibrant and add some creativeness to the milieu by taking food out of the restaurant and bringing people together on a regular basis. If you are looking to explore new pairings and flavors while meeting like-minded foodies, get a head start with these foodie...

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Çamlıhemşin, Rize - photo by Yalçın Örsoğlu
Travel Çamlıhemşin: finding peace in nature

The vast, tranquil waters of the Black Sea and a land covered in dense verdant forest of the region hug each other at Turkey’s northern district of Rize and offer a wealth of untouched treasures. The region is filled with inspiring vistas, such as Çamlıhemşin, hidden amongst the green. Set in...

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Arts & Culture No LaB: Turkish street culture meets art and design

No LaB first burst onto the Istanbul scene with Modern Africa / A Rainbow Nation , showing a new face of art and design from Africa. Now with their second exhibition, the women behind No LaB, Ala Onur and Zeynep Ercan, believe that Turkish street culture is ready for a contemporary twist. The new...

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Önder Tiryaki - photo by Merve Göral
Wellbeing & Beauty Best makeup artists in Istanbul

If eyes are the window to the soul, the face is it’s finely fashioned gateway. Meet accomplished beauty experts in Istanbul who are leaders in their craft, as adept at high fashion as they are everyday street style. Melis İlkkılıç After two years in the banking industry, Melis İlkkılıç decided to...

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Guitar Player 2003 Oil on canvas 28x37 cm
Art Colombia's unique artistic voice Botero at Anna Laudel Contemporary

Born in 1932, Fernando Botero is the most renowned artist of South America and a cultural icon in his native Colombia. A range of his sculptures, paintings, and drawings is now on display in Istanbul for the first time, brought from a private collection in Switzerland. Called Everyday's Poetry –...

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Arts & Culture Orlando Carlo Calumeno Collection & Archives

Private museums are a major player in Istanbul’s cultural scene, but their owners often make their careers in industries quite different from art. Orlando Carlo Calumeno has done something similar, though on a smaller scale, in his Teşvikiye shop, Orlando Carlo Calumeno Collection & Archives....

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Fritillaria carica
Arts & Culture Discover the rare and beautiful flowers of Anatolia

From the average tourist’s perspective, Turkey might seem to be a Mediterranean country with a landscape and climate similar to Greece. But as you move past the western coast and into central and eastern Anatolia, an array of unique vistas opens up. The many mountain ranges that cross Anatolia...

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Çam Sut Mangal Restaurant
Food & Drink Çam Sut Mangal Restaurant

Located just across a busy intersection from another authentic Korean restaurant, Seorabeol, Çam Sut Mangal Restaurant’s unassuming facade hides a big personality that starts with the banchan . Many say a Korean restaurant can be judged solely on the quality of these small seasonal appetizers that...

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Refik Anadol
Arts & Culture Artificial intelligence turns Ottoman archives into art

Back in 1968, Philip K Dick’s science fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? asked whether intelligent robots could have genuine emotions. Technology is not quite there yet, but the collaborations at Google’s Artists and Machine Intelligence (AMI) program are making potentially...

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In memory of John Freely
Arts & Culture Remembering John Freely, the memory of Istanbul

To anyone who has taken a cursory look at an English-language bookstore in Istanbul, the name John Freely will be familiar. Known affectionately as “the memory of Istanbul”, Freely was one of those cross-cultural wonders who flourish in Istanbul’s fertile atmosphere. Though the city is mourning his...

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Fire of Anatolia
Istanbul with kids Fire of Anatolia dance academy: children of the sun

For most children, touring the world with a renowned dance troupe sounds like an impossible dream. But thanks to the Fire of Anatolia Dance Academy, which has just opened a school at Mall of Istanbul (with branches in İzmir, Bursa, and Antalya soon to come) young artists now have more access to...

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A Wai Lou - photo by Merve Göral
Food & Drink A Wai Lou

It might be the deep frying, a pinch of sugar added to almost every dish, or the balanced carb-protein ratio that make Chinese food the unquestionable king of comfort food. However, if you like to step outside your comfort zone every now and then and try something different, head to A Wai Lou, a...

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Artichoke, photo by Merve Göral
Flavor Factor Artichoke: the Goddess of all veggies

Artichokes (Cynara scolymus in Latin) are a heavenly green that even have a place among the stars of Greek mythology. A story goes that Zeus fell in love with Cynara, a mortal, and took her to Olympos. However, the beauty missed her life on earth, and one night Cynara snuck back to her hometown....

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Food & Drink Mittag

The city’s gentrifying neighborhood of Reşitpaşa is slowly evolving, and Mittag is one of the coolest restaurants to emerge so far. After working at one of Istanbul’s most highly-lauded restaurants, Mikla, MSA-alumni Fatma Yıldırım decided to open up her own place and that’s how Mittag arrived on...

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Göztepe Parkı, photo by Caner Kocamaz
Culture & history Why is Turkey crazy about tulips?

The Istanbul Tulip Festival is taking place on April 1-30 this year, when the city’s parks and squares will be beautified with thousands of colorful flowers. Everyone can appreciate what is known as “the world’s largest carpet of tulips” in Sultanahmet Square, as well as the rainbow blooms in...

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Yelkovan - Ömer Necipoğlu
Culture & history The many lives of Istanbul's birds

“Isn’t it something of an adventure, the joy of millions of birds liberated outside of mosques, synagogues, and churches, the joy of people, for hundreds of years? I know that one day someone pleasant, intelligent, pure-hearted will arrive to write a beautiful, joyful, hopeful history of Florya’s...

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Kösem Sultan
Culture & history Kösem Sultan: Magnificent Century continues

After the massive success of the series Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Magnificent Century), centering on Hürrem Sultan ’s life in the harem of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, the world has been eagerly anticipating a sequel. By becoming the first official wife of an Ottoman sultan and starting the period...

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Fashion Where to find the best designer evening wear in Istanbul

The Turkish fashion scene has been gradually grabbing international attention over the past decade. Blending modern designs with homage to the country’s deep-rooted heritage, designers are creating stunning collections that are made for the spotlight - whether you’re on a red carpet or at a high-...

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Avlu Yeniköy
Food & Drink Avlu Yeniköy

Istanbul has seen many neighborhoods become the trendy spot one for time. Asmalımescit was the place to go for drinks, then it handed that status off to Karaköy. Now, Arnavutkoy is the hip area to go, but could Yeniköy be next? If places like Avlu populate the streets of this waterfront...

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Alican Akdemir, Turkey's first water sommelier - photo by Merve Göral
Talk of the table A water sommelier? Turkey’s first explains

To introduce yourself as a water sommelier is to constantly have to explain your job. The relatively nascent profession is just beginning to take root around the world and, as Turkey’s first, Alican Akdemir often has to deal with people’s incredulity. He says the first thing people usually ask him...

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Florart Workshop
Lifestyle New season, new hobbies: pick up a new skill for spring

You may no longer be in school, but that’s no excuse to stop learning. Take the changing seasons as extra incentive to pick up a fun new skill. Glass blowing Children and adults alike will love learning how glass goes from sand to gorgeous works of art. Cam Ocağı has daily or 3 days workshops for...

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Martinez Istanbul, photo by Merve Göral
Food & Drink Martinez Istanbul

As central as it can be, located inside Akmerkez, Martinez Istanbul is far from your everyday shopping mall eatery. The sleek restaurant is another venture by UKA Life group, the same name behind Hudson in Arnavutköy. Although there are some resemblances in its interior and on the menu, Martinez...

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Seasons & Stories, photo by Merve Göral
Shopping Seasons & Stories

We have all been there looking for the perfect accessory to complete an outfit. Well, the search is over. That crucial piece to elevate your style is sitting and waiting for you at Seasons & Stories. Opened late last year, this elegant store is a venture by Ahmet Gencehan Güneş, former brand...

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Eşşekhelvası, photo by Merve Göral
Flavor Factor What’s in season: Aegean wild greens

Foraging and eating wild greens has long played a part in Mediterranean culture and cuisine. It’s said that in the Turkish Aegean region though, the use of ege otlari (Aegean wild greens) was massively influenced by the Cretan Turks who returned to Turkey in 1923 with such a strong love of these...

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