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Turkish fashion designers on the rise
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Turkish fashion designers on the rise

With Istanbul on its way to cementing its status as an international fashion destination, we take a closer look at five young Turkish designers with a promising future

The best places to drink tea in Istanbul
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The best places to drink tea in Istanbul

The top places where you can enjoy a simmering pot brewed down to a tee

Rabia Turgay: “The choice of shirt can make or break an outfit”
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Rabia Turgay: “The choice of shirt can make or break an outfit”

The creative force behind local designer label Marble & Co. on drawing inspiration from nature

Interview: The Away Days
Music

Interview: The Away Days

We caught up with the Turkish dream pop band ahead of the release of their debut album

Heba Amin: “Nowadays art is more important than ever”
Art

Heba Amin: “Nowadays art is more important than ever”

The Egyptian artist talks about her two-part art project

The best of the city

Istanbul’s top 10 cafés
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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. 

Istanbul’s best boutiques
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Istanbul’s best boutiques

We define Istanbul street fashion! We found the best boutiques to cater to your unique style and show off your fashion sense to the rest of the city. 

The 10 best Turkish street foods
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The 10 best Turkish street foods

Istanbul might be a goldmine of culinary variety, but it’s no secret that dining at the city’s most fashionable restaurants can leave a hole in your wallet. Whether you’re in a hurry to fill your stomach or your funds are running a bit low, this list of the best street food is sure to come in handy the next time you’re looking around the corner to find a meal.

Istanbul’s best meatballs
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Istanbul’s best meatballs

Dozens of different techniques, meatballs each more delicious than the other. Get ready to go on a meatball journey to find the one you love the most!  

Unmissable events of the month

Jake & Dinos Chapman: In the Realm of the Senseless
Art

Jake & Dinos Chapman: In the Realm of the Senseless

Jake and Dinos Chapman have made a career out of shocking audiences with their works – think skeletons piled on top of each other, mannequins with phallic noses and rifles in their hands, and Ronald McDonald crucified… The Chapman brothers’ first show in Turkey is one of this season’s unmissable events.

Masters of Cinema in Turkey: Lütfi Akad
Film

Masters of Cinema in Turkey: Lütfi Akad

Istanbul Modern pays tribute to Ömer Lütfi Akad, one of the founding directors of Turkish cinema, with an exhibition featuring set photos, original screenplays, film frames and movie posters from Akad movies such as Vurun Kahpeye (Strike the Whore, 1949), Hudutların Kanunu (Law of the Border, 1966) and Vesikalı Yarim (My Prostitute Love, 1968).

Cold Front from the Balkans
Art

Cold Front from the Balkans

This group exhibition features works by contemporary artists from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Feyhaman Duran
Art

Feyhaman Duran

The Sakıp Sabancı Museum's new show brings together an astonishing selection of 1000 works that pay tribute to the life and art of Feyhaman Duran, who left his homeland in 1911, during the final years of the Ottoman Empire, to study painting in Paris under the influence of Impressionist painters. In addition to paintings by Duran, the selection also includes a life-sized replica of the home he shared with his wife Güzin Duran, who was also a painter. You’ll also get to see replicas of both artists’ studios, complete with their old paintbrushes and palettes.

HARBOR
Art

HARBOR

The exhibition relies on curatorial research with a focus on the cultural and social life that developed around harbors from the 19th century to the present. You’ll find works by more than 30 of Turkey’s leading artists, among them Nevin Aladağ, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Abidin Dino, Burhan Doğançay, Feyhaman Duran, Ara Güler, Nuri İyem and Gülsün Karamustafa, to name only a few. The exhibition also pays tribute to the origins of the building, which formerly served as a dry cargo warehouse before it was converted into a modern museum.

Latest restaurant reviews

Nuran Karaköy
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Nuran Karaköy

Karaköy's new meyhane took over the space formerly occupied by Lokanta Maya

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Son Topağacı
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Son Topağacı

The new hip neighbourhood hangout in Topağacı

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Gram Kanyon
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Gram Kanyon

The new eatery by Didem Şenol, winner of our 2010 Eating & Drinking Awards for Best Chef

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Daire 1
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Daire 1

Veteran restaurateur Lal Dedeoğlu’s homey new venue

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars