Places to Visit: Pierre Loti Tepesi / Pierre Loti Hill

Julien Viaud known as ‘Pierre Loti’, a French naval officer and novelist who lived between 1850-1923, made his first visit to Istanbul at the age of 26. He was so enchanted by the Ottoman culture and beauty of Istanbul, he became a regular visitor to the city. During his visits, he was staying at Eyüp district which is by the Golden Horn …

Places to Visit: The Museum of Innocence (Masumiyet Müzesi)

The Museum of Innocence is both a novel by Orhan Pamuk and a museum he has set up. From the very beginnings of the project, since the 1990s, Pamuk has conceived of novel and museum together. The novel, which is about love, is set between 1974 and the early ’00s, and describes life in Istanbul between 1950 and 2000 through …

Places to Visit: Prince Islands (Prens Adaları (Adalar))

The Prince Islands (Turkish: Prens Adaları, from the historic Greek name  Prinkēpōn nēsoi (Πριγκήπων νήσοι), alternatively written as Princes’ Islands in which the “princes” are plural (meaning “Islands of the Princes”); or Kızıl Adalar (“Red Islands”) in Turkish); officially just Adalar (“Islands”), are an archipelago off the coast of Istanbul,  Turkey, in the Sea of Marmara. The islands constitute the Adalar district of Istanbul Province. The mayor of the Adalar district is Atilla Aytaç. They consist of four larger islands, Büyükada (“Big …

What to Do in Istanbul

Take a vessel to the Princes’ Islands In the event that the high temperature and noise of the city get to be a lot of why not take a ship over to the Princes’ Islands? With no autos permitted, the islands are an awesome reprieve from the movement of Istanbul. On Heybeliada, various great fish restaurants line the front, and …

Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge is one of my favourite places to walk and watch the sunset. Lots of foreigners that I’ve been met, told me how they fell in love with this marvellous place too. So I will give you some useful informations about both historical places and social life to save your time through the bridge stretched across the Golden Horn, …

Explore Karaköy: Istanbul’s new trendy neighbourhood

Once a thriving port, Karaköy fell on hard times in the 20th century, and magnificent commercial edifices were divided into workshops. The opening of the nearby Istanbul Modern art gallery in 2004 sparked a renaissance that has gained momentum in the past couple of years. Now, hardware stores rub shoulders with galleries, restaurants and boutiques, creating a dynamic blend of …

Places to Visit: Cihangir

Cihangir is a hip place and located in the Beyoglu district, also nearby the Istiklal Street that can be easily reached in 5 mins from the avenue. Actually, in spite of this closing situation, these places are way too different. Cihangir is a chic place with its elegant cafes, stylish restaurants which provide a wide range of different dinner options, …

Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı)

If you are the type of person who like shopping, discovering or turning upside down the historical places, Grand Bazaar is a perfect place for you. Grand Bazaar is definitely the place that you can loose yourself while you are discovering and shopping inside. It is hauntingly beautiful, enormously big and reflecting the historical bazaar culture with its colourful streets …

Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı) Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar or Misir Carsisi. This is one of the oldest and precious bazaar in Istanbul even in Turkey. It was built in 17th century, located in the Eminonu quarter of the Fatih district. Spice Bazaar is a very popular market both for locals and foreigners because of being second …

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art is Turkey’s modern first museum, hosting modern and contemporary art exhibitions. It was founded in 2004 and located at the shores of the Bosphorus. Istanbul Modern connects world-wide artists and their works to art lovers. Many works of imagination ranging from painting and sculpture to video and installation is …