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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.

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.

Hisart Live History and Diorama Exhibition

Hisart Live History and Diorama Exhibition

This exhibition at Akasya Kültür Sanat is a must see for history buffs

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Masters of Cinema in Turkey: Lütfi Akad
Film

Masters of Cinema in Turkey: Lütfi Akad

Istanbul Modern pays tribute to one of the founding directors of Turkish cinema

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The best places to watch a game
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The best places to watch a game

We wanted to partake in the excitement that surrounds game days so we prepared this list of venues to enjoy the game with friends!

Istanbul’s best tattoo parlors
Shopping

Istanbul’s best tattoo parlors

The dozens of tattoo artists in Istanbul, each with their own style, create portable works of art that last a lifetime. Perhaps it’s time to finally get that tattoo you’ve been thinking about for years.

Istanbul's best musical instrument stores
Shopping

Istanbul's best musical instrument stores

Whether you're a virtuoso or an amateur, here are the top places to help you discover your own sound

Istanbul's best places for kids activities
Kids

Istanbul's best places for kids activities

The best activities for kids to spend their holiday break in the city; in fact there are dozens of activities you can enjoy together.  

Explore the culinary side of the city

Istanbul’s best charcuteries
Restaurants

Istanbul’s best charcuteries

Here is a mixed list of the city’s best, old and new, adept charcuteries scattered throughout the city. Enjoying the delicious food at charcuteries is worth paying top dollar for. We compiled a list of the city’s best charcuteries so that you don’t go to the wrong one. 

Istanbul’s best meatballs
Restaurants

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!  

Istanbul’s best buffet restaurants
Restaurants

Istanbul’s best buffet restaurants

Are you full or are you overwhelmed at the sight of all this food? Rows of food and generous portions await! 

Istanbul's best ice cream shops
Restaurants

Istanbul's best ice cream shops

This list includes a scoop of ice cream for everyone, from those in search of unique tastes to those looking for classic flavors.