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Congratulations to Istanbul! Tripadvisor users have verified what we already knew.
Istanbul was chosen as the number one destination to visit in the world. This city is the most beautiful one in the world and one of the most exciting ones to visit due to its historical monuments, dynamic vibe and young spirit. 
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Congratulations to Istanbul! Tripadvisor users have verified what we already knew.

Istanbul was chosen as the number one destination to visit in the world. This city is the most beautiful one in the world and one of the most exciting ones to visit due to its historical monuments, dynamic vibe and young spirit. 

http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations-g1-a_Mode.expanded

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Ever felt like anything you look at, can be history?
Well, maybe you have not. But this exhibition at Salt Galata: 'Dismantling the Archive: Representation, Identity, Memory in an Ottoman Family' certainly made us feel like there is history everywhere.
lt all started with some diaries that were handed to Salt Research.
Diaries ot Said Bey, who is described by the French historian Francois Georgion as a caricature of an ‘Ottoman bourgeoisie istanbulite’, date between 1900-1940.
We are talking about a man who writes down anything and everything, from how many candies he bought to how much he spends on his mother-in law’s funeral.
Researched and curated by Phd student Ece Zerman as her Masters thesis; this is a quite intriguing exhibition, rather different than most history exhibits.
Where else can you see an animation of a 19th Century character who visits Berlin for the first time and sees electricity (work of Sait Mingü and Boran Güney)? Or where do you smell lavender as you walk by wedding preparation items?
The exhibition is designed by Future Anecdotes İstanbul and we have to admit that they did a great job!
Make sure you check it out!
Adresse:
Salt Galata
Bankalar Caddesi, No.11, Karaköy

Ever felt like anything you look at, can be history?

Well, maybe you have not. But this exhibition at Salt Galata: 'Dismantling the Archive: Representation, Identity, Memory in an Ottoman Family' certainly made us feel like there is history everywhere.

lt all started with some diaries that were handed to Salt Research.

Diaries ot Said Bey, who is described by the French historian Francois Georgion as a caricature of an ‘Ottoman bourgeoisie istanbulite’, date between 1900-1940.

We are talking about a man who writes down anything and everything, from how many candies he bought to how much he spends on his mother-in law’s funeral.

Researched and curated by Phd student Ece Zerman as her Masters thesis; this is a quite intriguing exhibition, rather different than most history exhibits.

Where else can you see an animation of a 19th Century character who visits Berlin for the first time and sees electricity (work of Sait Mingü and Boran Güney)? Or where do you smell lavender as you walk by wedding preparation items?

The exhibition is designed by Future Anecdotes İstanbul and we have to admit that they did a great job!

Make sure you check it out!

Adresse:

Salt Galata

Bankalar Caddesi, No.11, Karaköy

(Source: istanbulitecom)

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Vault Karaköy is due to open on March 1st, 2014! 
It’s the fourth hotel of House Hotel, the luxurious boutique hotel chain.
Vault is located on Bankalar Caddesi in Karaköy, the former Bank Avenue of the late Ottoman financial center. It is an exciting time for the district which is going through gentrification. The hotel is located very close to Salt Galata, which has become a very important cultural hub in the city. 
Vault is based in a renovated historical building, the former Sümerbank. 19th century building, with its quiet high ceilings and old frescoes, is quiet enchanting. Like the other hotels of the House Hotel Group, this one is also designed with a clean, modern touch. Details like green carrera marble in the bathrooms and contemporary art on the walls, attract attention. Half of the art is from Ulusoy collection whereas the other half is picked by Zeynep Berik Yazıcı and will feature neon art and video art.
The view above, is that of the rooftop of the hotel. Not only is the hotel located in a very central location, she also has one of the finest views of the historical peninsula where the imperial mosques of the Ottoman era and the Topkapı Palace is lighted up in the evening.
Karaköy’s more artsy district with hip cafe’s and contemporary art galleries, is only 5 minutes walking distance away from the hotel.  
Galata Tower and Galata neighborhood, especially Serdar-ı Ekrem street which houses local fashion designer brands, cool cafe’s and unique stores, is only 10 minutes away from the hotel. 
Below is the teaser video, enjoy: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoCQZd_OZzo

Vault Karaköy is due to open on March 1st, 2014! 

It’s the fourth hotel of House Hotel, the luxurious boutique hotel chain.

Vault is located on Bankalar Caddesi in Karaköy, the former Bank Avenue of the late Ottoman financial center. It is an exciting time for the district which is going through gentrification. The hotel is located very close to Salt Galata, which has become a very important cultural hub in the city. 

Vault is based in a renovated historical building, the former Sümerbank. 19th century building, with its quiet high ceilings and old frescoes, is quiet enchanting. Like the other hotels of the House Hotel Group, this one is also designed with a clean, modern touch. Details like green carrera marble in the bathrooms and contemporary art on the walls, attract attention. Half of the art is from Ulusoy collection whereas the other half is picked by Zeynep Berik Yazıcı and will feature neon art and video art.

The view above, is that of the rooftop of the hotel. Not only is the hotel located in a very central location, she also has one of the finest views of the historical peninsula where the imperial mosques of the Ottoman era and the Topkapı Palace is lighted up in the evening.

Karaköy’s more artsy district with hip cafe’s and contemporary art galleries, is only 5 minutes walking distance away from the hotel.  

Galata Tower and Galata neighborhood, especially Serdar-ı Ekrem street which houses local fashion designer brands, cool cafe’s and unique stores, is only 10 minutes away from the hotel. 

Below is the teaser video, enjoy: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoCQZd_OZzo

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13th Istanbul Biennial started on Saturday, Sept 14th!

One of the interesting parallel exhibitions, is held in Yuvakimyon Girls School, a beautiful 19th century building in Fener that used to be Girls School for Greek children until 1988. 

The school which was abandoned for 25 years, came back to life with Kalliopi Lemos’ exhibition ‘I am, Between Worlds and Between Shadows’.

Important Greek artist, Kalliopi Lemos, who focuses on human rights and women’s issues, has created seven beautiful statues which represent various struggles women face around the world. 

A must-see exhibition! Don’t miss it! 

Adresse: 

Yuvakimyon Rum Kız Okulu, Tevkii Cafer Sokak, No.16, Fener, İstanbul

For further information: 

http://www.kuadgallery.com/exhibition/i-am-i-between-worlds-and-between-shadows/

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Proud to present our Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, 2013 Winner. We would like to thank everyone helping us to get this award.

Best,
Eda & Sinan Sokmen

Proud to present our Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, 2013 Winner. We would like to thank everyone helping us to get this award.

Best,

Eda & Sinan Sokmen

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Ready to fly over Istanbul?
200 year old domes of an inn, cosy terrace of a hip boutique hotel, terrace of ‘historical bank turned into modern art space’ or prison turned into luxurious hotel? Yes, they are all on our list of 'must visit' places when you are on our photography tour ‘rooftops of Istanbul’.
Istanbul is a ‘city of seven hills’ is what is traditionally said. Over centuries the city acquired more than seven hills. Rivers of the past have dried up and created today’s uphill roads.
Mosques, han’s (traditional inn’s where traders used to spend the night), banks, hotels, watch towers have been built on these hills over the centuries. And they provide some of the most beautiful views of the city! 
Put on your walking shoes & come to discover the most beautiful rooftops of Istanbul with us!
For more info: http://www.istanbulite.com/tours/rooftops-of-istanbul

Ready to fly over Istanbul?

200 year old domes of an inn, cosy terrace of a hip boutique hotel, terrace of ‘historical bank turned into modern art space’ or prison turned into luxurious hotel? Yes, they are all on our list of 'must visit' places when you are on our photography tour ‘rooftops of Istanbul’.

Istanbul is a ‘city of seven hills’ is what is traditionally said. Over centuries the city acquired more than seven hills. Rivers of the past have dried up and created today’s uphill roads.

Mosques, han’s (traditional inn’s where traders used to spend the night), banks, hotels, watch towers have been built on these hills over the centuries. And they provide some of the most beautiful views of the city! 

Put on your walking shoes & come to discover the most beautiful rooftops of Istanbul with us!

For more info: http://www.istanbulite.com/tours/rooftops-of-istanbul

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From the Nicolas Murray Exhibition, Pera Museum
Don’t miss this exhibition if you still have not seen it
This is the last 5 days of the beautiful two floor exhibition of Nicolas Murray in the Pera Museum in Istanbul.
We thought spring was here in Istanbul, however winter just came back. So, the best thing to do in this type of weather is to visit interesting exhibitions. 
If you still have not seen it, make sure you see the 1920s photographer Nicolas Murray's exhibition in Pera Museum.
You’ll see many celebrity portraits and colorful commercial product shots. But also you will find out the relationship between Frida Kahlo and Nicolas Murray and see many unseen shots of Frida. 
You can combine this visit with lunch at Istanbul Culinary Institution which is almost right next door.
Pera Museum: 
Adress: Asmalı Mescit Mh., 34430 Beyoğlu/Istanbul Province
Istanbul Culinary Institution:
Adress: Asmalı Mescit Mh.  Meşrutiyet Cd No:59, 34437 Istanbul
Phone: (0212) 251 2214

From the Nicolas Murray Exhibition, Pera Museum

Don’t miss this exhibition if you still have not seen it

This is the last 5 days of the beautiful two floor exhibition of Nicolas Murray in the Pera Museum in Istanbul.

We thought spring was here in Istanbul, however winter just came back. So, the best thing to do in this type of weather is to visit interesting exhibitions. 

If you still have not seen it, make sure you see the 1920s photographer Nicolas Murray's exhibition in Pera Museum.

You’ll see many celebrity portraits and colorful commercial product shots. But also you will find out the relationship between Frida Kahlo and Nicolas Murray and see many unseen shots of Frida. 

You can combine this visit with lunch at Istanbul Culinary Institution which is almost right next door.

Pera Museum: 

Adress: Asmalı Mescit Mh., 34430 Beyoğlu/Istanbul Province

Istanbul Culinary Institution:

Adress: Asmalı Mescit Mh.  Meşrutiyet Cd No:59, 34437 Istanbul

Phone: (0212) 251 2214

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An exciting exhibition has opened up in Karakoy. As the neighborhood has become the new focal point of art galleries, there is a new exhibition opening up almost every day. 

The first personal exhibition of the young artist Elif Ozer, investigates the new wave of ‘antique’ anticipation that became popular among 20 & 30 somethings that live around Cihangir, Galata & Cukurcuma. 

The exhibition deals with the  relationship between the antique store owners and the objects they collect & the newly created nostalgia about 70s & 80s Istanbul. 

No need to say anything else. Go check it out yourself & end your day with a bloody mary at Unter or Ops Burger at Ops Cafe. 

Name of gallery: art Sumer
Adresse: mumhane caddesi no:67 laroz han karakoy
Telefon: 02122491035
Open from 11am to 7pm Tuesday thru Saturday

An exciting exhibition has opened up in Karakoy. As the neighborhood has become the new focal point of art galleries, there is a new exhibition opening up almost every day.

The first personal exhibition of the young artist Elif Ozer, investigates the new wave of ‘antique’ anticipation that became popular among 20 & 30 somethings that live around Cihangir, Galata & Cukurcuma.

The exhibition deals with the relationship between the antique store owners and the objects they collect & the newly created nostalgia about 70s & 80s Istanbul.

No need to say anything else. Go check it out yourself & end your day with a bloody mary at Unter or Ops Burger at Ops Cafe.

Name of gallery: art Sumer
Adresse: mumhane caddesi no:67 laroz han karakoy
Telefon: 02122491035
Open from 11am to 7pm Tuesday thru Saturday

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Ottoman Burger
Dear friend you are in Istanbul and you have had enough of Turkish food (wait, SERIOUS?) But that’s fine, I understand you. How about a yummy hamburger then? 
Lately I became a huge fan of Mano Burger which is one of the finest gourmet burger houses in Istanbul, located in the very heart of the city right by Istiklal Avenue, Taksim.
With it’s totally Americanized interior design and concept, Mano has something that makes her different than most of the other burger houses. They use typical local ingredients in their burgers such as eggplant puree, hellim peynir(cheese) and whiting(fish) etc.
My favorite is the Ottoman Burger, which has the eggplant puree and the hellim peynir(cheese). 
You can also try the whiting burger or the chicken burger, they all look delicious.
Well as we say in Turkish “Afiyet olsun” (Enjoy your meal)
Website:  www.manoburger.com
Tel: +9002122927542
Address: Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Asmalı Mescit Sokak, No:7 Beyoğlu, Taksim

Ottoman Burger

Dear friend you are in Istanbul and you have had enough of Turkish food (wait, SERIOUS?) But that’s fine, I understand you. How about a yummy hamburger then? 

Lately I became a huge fan of Mano Burger which is one of the finest gourmet burger houses in Istanbul, located in the very heart of the city right by Istiklal Avenue, Taksim.

With it’s totally Americanized interior design and concept, Mano has something that makes her different than most of the other burger houses. They use typical local ingredients in their burgers such as eggplant puree, hellim peynir(cheese) and whiting(fish) etc.

My favorite is the Ottoman Burger, which has the eggplant puree and the hellim peynir(cheese). 

You can also try the whiting burger or the chicken burger, they all look delicious.

Well as we say in Turkish “Afiyet olsun” (Enjoy your meal)

Website:  www.manoburger.com

Tel: +9002122927542

Address: Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Asmalı Mescit Sokak, No:7 Beyoğlu, Taksim

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Best things to do in Istanbul in January: 
Happy 2013 everyone! After a long pause, we are back & blogging about everything and anything about Istanbul! 
January is when istanbulites feel that winter is definitely here! And that’s exactly what we have been feeling for the past week. Istanbul has seen her share of snow for this year, with probably more to come. 
So what can one do in Istanbul at this time of the year?
** Well, you can definitely create a snowman, especially by the shores of the Bosphorus, like the one the staff of Aşşk Cafe in Kuruçeşme have created. (above in the picture!)
** Buy an Orhan Pamuk or Elif Şafak novel that is set in Istanbul and sip your warm ‘winter tea’ in one of the many cafe’s of Karaköy or Cihangir. (Definitely check out Ops cafe in Karaköy and Journey in Cihangir)
** Wander through one of the many exhibitions of the city. 
Check out what’s on in Pera Museum, Sabanci Museum, Rahmi Koc Museum or Salt Galata.
** Try Turkish wine at Sensus Wine Bar in Galata.
** Listen to local musicians jazzing it at Nardis Jazz Club in Galata.
** And finally enjoy the ‘sale’ period in the local designer stores, located on Serdar-ı Ekrem Caddesi in Galata.

Contact:
Ops cafe, Karaköy:
Mumhane Cad. 45/B, Karaköy - Beyoğlu / ISTANBUL
(0212) 245 0288 
http://opscafekarakoy.com/

Journey, Cihangir: 
Akarsu Yokuşu No.21/A, Cihangir - Beyoğlu / ISTANBUL
0212 244 89 89
http://www.journeycihangir.com/indexfl.html

Pera Museum: 
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65 Asmalımescit, Beyoğlu / ISTANBUL
0212 334 9900
http://en.peramuzesi.org.tr/

Salt Galata: 
Arap Camii Mahallesi, Banka sokak, No.11, Karaköy, Beyoğlu / ISTANBUL
0212 334 2200
http://www.saltonline.org/en/42/salt-galata

Sabancı Museum: 
Sakıp Sabancı Caddesi No.42
0212 277 2200
http://muze.sabanciuniv.edu/homepage

Rahmi Koç Museum:
Hasköy Cad. No.5 Hasköy, ISTANBUL
0212 369 66 00
http://www.rmk-museum.org.tr/english/index.html



Sensus Wine Bar: 

Bereketzade Mahallesi Büyükhendek Caddesi No.5, Kuledibi, Beyoğlu / ISTANBUL
 
0212 245 56 57

http://www.sensuswine.com/



Nardis Jazz Club: 

Kuledibi Sokak No.14 Galata, Beyoğlu / ISTANBUL


http://nardisjazz.com/

Best things to do in Istanbul in January: 

Happy 2013 everyone! After a long pause, we are back & blogging about everything and anything about Istanbul! 

January is when istanbulites feel that winter is definitely here! And that’s exactly what we have been feeling for the past week. Istanbul has seen her share of snow for this year, with probably more to come. 

So what can one do in Istanbul at this time of the year?

** Well, you can definitely create a snowman, especially by the shores of the Bosphorus, like the one the staff of Aşşk Cafe in Kuruçeşme have created. (above in the picture!)

** Buy an Orhan Pamuk or Elif Şafak novel that is set in Istanbul and sip your warm ‘winter tea’ in one of the many cafe’s of Karaköy or Cihangir. (Definitely check out Ops cafe in Karaköy and Journey in Cihangir)

** Wander through one of the many exhibitions of the city. 

Check out what’s on in Pera Museum, Sabanci Museum, Rahmi Koc Museum or Salt Galata.

** Try Turkish wine at Sensus Wine Bar in Galata.

** Listen to local musicians jazzing it at Nardis Jazz Club in Galata.

** And finally enjoy the ‘sale’ period in the local designer stores, located on Serdar-ı Ekrem Caddesi in Galata.

Contact:

Ops cafe, Karaköy:

Mumhane Cad. 45/B, Karaköy - Beyoğlu / ISTANBUL

(0212) 245 0288 

http://opscafekarakoy.com/

Journey, Cihangir: 

Akarsu Yokuşu No.21/A, Cihangir - Beyoğlu / ISTANBUL

0212 244 89 89

http://www.journeycihangir.com/indexfl.html

Pera Museum: 

Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65 Asmalımescit, Beyoğlu / ISTANBUL

0212 334 9900

http://en.peramuzesi.org.tr/

Salt Galata: 

Arap Camii Mahallesi, Banka sokak, No.11, Karaköy, Beyoğlu / ISTANBUL

0212 334 2200

http://www.saltonline.org/en/42/salt-galata

Sabancı Museum: 

Sakıp Sabancı Caddesi No.42

0212 277 2200

http://muze.sabanciuniv.edu/homepage

Rahmi Koç Museum:

Hasköy Cad. No.5 Hasköy, ISTANBUL

0212 369 66 00

http://www.rmk-museum.org.tr/english/index.html


Sensus Wine Bar: 
Bereketzade Mahallesi Büyükhendek Caddesi No.5, Kuledibi, Beyoğlu / ISTANBUL
 
0212 245 56 57

Nardis Jazz Club: 

Kuledibi Sokak No.14 Galata, Beyoğlu / ISTANBUL