Istanbul’s top 10 cafés
If you’re in search of a hearty salad or just a cup of coffee the solution lies in a café. We have complied a list of the best cafes in Istanbul.
The best burgers in the city
Calorie bombs they might be, but the burger is one of those indulgences we can’t seem to give up, no matter the time of year. Check out our list of the top 10 burgers in the city so you’ll know exactly where to go the next time you get a craving
Interview with Simon Pegg, the writer of Star Trek Beyond
It's been like losing a friend, seeing Simon Pegg go Hollywood over the years. Or like seeing an ex with a richer, more attractive new partner. Pegg has given up drinking, he’s slim and fit, he’s BFFs with Tom Cruise, he hangs out with Chris Martin. He’s got nice teeth, he drinks sparkling water, he probably has a weekly chia-seed-and-kale enema. It used to be so different. He was the quintessential English everyman in the 2000s. He was the one holing up in a pub in Shaun of the Dead, the guy smoking weed on his couch instead of getting a job in Spaced. He was one of us. A mate. And now he’s changed. Before meeting him, I expect the Hollywood to shine through, the arrogance to prevail. But it turns out he’s lovely. Infuriatingly lovely. Pegg rose from playing independent British comedy bit parts to writing one of the defining sitcoms of the past 20 years. A few years later, he was writing and starring in Shaun of the Dead before making the leap to Hollywood stardom. And if that wasn’t enough, he then went on to get cast as Scotty in Star Trek and got to feature in the latest Star Wars – both the stuff of bucket lists for any self-respecting nerd. Now, he’s only gone and co-written a Star Trek movie. That’s some serious dream-come-true shit, right there. Yet Pegg is in reflective mood when we meet, unsure of his next steps, nervous about the future, worried about reactions to his nerdy baby. He may have gone all Hollywood, but he’s still got a proper
Black Sea guide
The eastern shore of the Black Sea is full of wooden cabins, lush valleys and invigorating highlands where you can enjoy the most eco-friendly vacations in Turkey. Check out our tips on where to stay, eat and visit before you head off on the road
The 2016 edition of Elgiz Museum’s Terrace Exhibition series features outdoor sculptures by Levent Ayata, Arif Çekderi, Hande Şekerciler and many others.
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This month’s must-see art exhibitions
An artist who’s a familiar figure for Istanbul Biennial visitors, Ahmet Öğüt explores the themes of injustice and resistance via sculpture, installation and video works. We recommend visiting before the month’s end to see Öğüt’s installation While Others Attack before it’s replaced in September with the two-channel animation United, which will be screened concurrently at the 11th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea and on the YAMA screen atop The Marmara Pera Hotel in Istanbul.
Unmissable events of the month
From Crafts to Design at Istanbul Modern
The first project by the Istanbul Modern Platform for Crafts, Art and Design, 'From Crafts to Design' focuses on five materials: bone, copper, wood, glass and mother of pearl. This new initiative highlights nearly forgotten handicraft customs by bringing together craftspeople with artists and designers to put a modern spin on materials that have been shaped using traditional methods thus far. What makes the project even more fascinating is that the artists used materials they hadn’t worked with before. In theory, furniture designer Adnan Serbest teaming up with master woodcarver Sezgin Yalçın makes sense, but the result of their collaboration is far from predictable: the wooden bowl designed by the duo, 'Fraxinus', is an impressive piece for a designer with no prior experience creating decorative objects. Perhaps the most notable member of 'From Crafts to Design' is Fatma Ayran, the only female mother of pearl crafter in Turkey. Despite her young age, Ayran has already mastered the art of working with both mother of pearl and bone. Her contributions to the project include the mother of pearl cufflinks created with painter Ekrem Yalçındağ as well as the bone shaving brush named 'Blackcrow' created with fashion designer Hatice Gökçe. Other must-see works include the glass napkin rings created by Camekan Glassworks cofounder Gamze Araz Eskinazi and sculptor Seyhun Topuz as well as the copper tray crafted by designer Atilla Kuzu and coppersmith Battal Yakut. These items will rem