Things to Do

Events, places and people to get you in-the-know

Istanbul’s best pools
Sport and fitness

Istanbul’s best pools

As summer approaches our soul heats up. While planning a vacation full of sea, sun, and sand is great for some, it is torture for those who have to spend their whole summer working in the city. If you don’t have the time to head to the beach this summer, enjoy Istanbul’s best pools. 

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Istanbul’s best terraces
Restaurants

Istanbul’s best terraces

An indispensable list for those who want to enjoy a view of the city away from the crowds, in peace accompanied by delicious food.

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What's on in Istanbul

Yoga at the Museum
Things to do

Yoga at the Museum

Whether you’re a seasoned yogini or just looking for an opportunity to get started, SSM, in collaboration with Cihangir Yoga, invites you to experience outdoor yoga in the Museum’s garden with weekly lessons.

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Planète Football
Art

Planète Football

Commencing on the same day as Euro 2016, this exhibition presents soccer-related images from Magnum Photos’ archives. You’ll find notable photographs ranging from Marilyn Monroe making a kick to Guinean kids laughing heartily as they chase after a ball.

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P&G Olympics Exhibition
Attractions

P&G Olympics Exhibition

Sports fans won’t want to miss this exhibition! On display by the north entrance of the Akasya Shopping Mall, the selection features must-see artifacts from Olympics history such as Muhammad Ali’s signed boxing gloves and Michael Jordan’s shoes.

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From Crafts to Design at Istanbul Modern
Things to do

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

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The best of Istanbul

Istanbul’s best outdoor cinemas
Film

Istanbul’s best outdoor cinemas

We usually associate outdoor cinemas with summer and even though there aren’t that many in the city we have listed the best ones. Here’s to hoping more open up… 

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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.

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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.  

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Istanbul's best beaches
Sport and fitness

Istanbul's best beaches

As you relax on the beach looking out to the sea peaceful thoughts occupy your mind, like whether or not you applied your sunscreen evenly. Isn’t life better in the summer? You can enjoy the summer season in Istanbul as long you head to the beaches we’ve listed. 

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