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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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Amethyst magic: Judas trees in Istanbul

In April while strolling through Istanbul, it is impossible not to spend at least a few moments gazing up at the Judas trees and contemplating their association with the city…

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Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 17-04-2019

Artichoke: the Goddess of all veggies

By Caner Kocamaz rtichokes (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…

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Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 15-04-2019

Mystical blooms: tulips in Turkish marbling

Spring has sprung, and the legendary Istanbul Tulip Festival is fast approaching. Dive into the mystical beauty of these springtime blooms by learning their place in the ancient art of…

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Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 15-04-2019

A connoisseur’s guide: Istanbul coffee culture and the best cafés

With its incomparable historical and cultural heritage, and plentiful cafés both old and new, you can find traces of each stage of coffee development in Istanbul; from Ottoman culture, to…
Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 09-04-2019

From Hopa to Kars: explore Turkey’s eastern borders

The path through the Georgian Valley from the Black Sea to Kars is a long and winding one, full of historical riddles, narrow passes, and vistas of awe-inspiring beauty. All…

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Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 02-04-2019

What’s happening now: city news and event highlights

Event highlights Balkon – Orhan Pamuk exhibition, displaying 600 photographs taken by the Noble Prize winning novelist, is taking place at Yapı Kredi Cultural and Art Center until April 27. April 3...
Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 01-04-2019

Baltalimanı Japanese Garden: Spring in Bloom

Cherry blossoms on full display at Istanbul’s Japanese garden. In a few skillfully crafted words, this haiku by Edo-era poet Masuto Basho embodies what spring in Japan is famous for: sakura, or…
Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 01-04-2019

From Berlin to Khorasan: seeking the roots of saz music

Starting from Berlin, crossing Anatolia, and ending in Iran, musician Petra Nachtmanova and filmmaker Stephan Talneau went on a road trip in search of the roots of saz music. Charting…

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Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 27-03-2019

Slow travel: unfold the mystery of Cappadocia

he relationship between man and nature is, by default, a story of imbalance. While nature in general remains indifferent to human presence, people constantly try to manipulate it, changing the…
Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 20-03-2019

Istanbul after dark: best clubs and live music venues

Among all the clubs and musıc venues ın ıstanbul, some places guarantee a late night well-spent. Follow them on Instagram for the latest information. Where to find live music Babylon…

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Author: The Guide Team
Posted: 15-03-2019