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The Guide Istanbul is an essential guide to the city, offering candid recommendations and expert advice on restaurants and cafés, nightlife, the arts and entertainment scene, as well as design, fashion, touristic sites, and undiscovered places. It helps to simplify choices and make life easier for travelers as well as locals by providing information on select venues and events.

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Gourmet treasure hunt: local farmers’ markets in Istanbul

When hunting for a culinary treat, a visit to the local farmers’ market is a must, and there is no better time to do it than during the summer when…

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Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 10-10-2019

How to trick fate: the long history of the Evil Eye

Understand the 5,000 year old tradition and why millions of people around the world believe in this magical power. Have you ever wished that you could kill with a single…

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Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 08-10-2019

The ultimate guide to Beyoğlu: what to do and where to eat

No other neighborhood of Istanbul reflects the city’s centuries-old, diverse history, better than Beyoğlu. In between the new, yet not necessarily well-executed ideas, it is still possible to find ...
Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 08-10-2019

Seat of the sultans: a complete tour of Topkapı Palace

For 400 years, Topkapı Palace was the center of an empire that straddled three continents. Its historical, architectural, literary, and artistic value cannot be exaggerated. Among all the myths and...
Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 07-10-2019

Unlocking the Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia has served as both a shrine of peace and an everlasting fountain of mystery through the centuries. By Aslıgül Armağan As one of the oldest surviving churches…

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Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 07-10-2019

Know what you drink: popular grape varieties in Turkey

With its ideal climate and historical grape growing credentials, unique grape discoveries across Turkey are pushing wine varietals in an adventurous new direction. By Aylin Öney Tan Photos by Merve...
Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 04-10-2019

What should a tourist visiting Istanbul do? Orhan Pamuk says…

In 1992, the Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk shared with The Guide Istanbul the best ways he can think of to experience his Istanbul vision.  Orhan Pamuk’s most famous stories…

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Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 04-10-2019

The tastes of time: top 7 historical food places in Istanbul

Since many shops and restaurants claim to date back centuries, it is important to recognize the authentic spots that have stood the test of time. Started in 1777 and operating…

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Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 04-10-2019

What’s happening now: city news and event highlights

Event highlights Filmekimi will take place from October 3-14 this year, screening great movies from all over the world. Check out the full program and buy tickets in advance. The 29th…

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Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 30-09-2019

Istanbul’s industrial heritage: museums worth visiting at the Golden Horn

Visit SantralIstanbul, Rezan Has Museum, and Rahmİ M. Koç Museum to understand the industrial and cultural importance of the Golden Horn in the past. By Santiago Brusadin The Golden Horn…
Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 30-09-2019