As Istanbulite, not only we take care of your stay in and around Istanbul, but can also arrange an unforgettable evening for you. How about a wedding proposal?!
We had the pleasure to organize a memorable evening for Liz & Ben, a lovely couple from Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
The surprise event took place at the luxurious Çırağan Kempinski Hotel. Their evening started with a private dinner table set in front of the Tuğra Restaurant with views of the Bosphorus. A cellist was playing in the background and the table was decorated beautifully with candles . After their romantic dinner, Ben took Liz towards the historical arch where the surprise was waiting. We were informed that Liz loved gumball machines, and Ben wanted to hide the ring inside one of the prizes in a gumball machine. We set the machine at the foot of the arch and as suspected, Liz ran towards the gumball machine as soon as she saw it, flipped the handle and got her pize. What a prize was that! Immediately Ben got on one knee and proposed to his beautiful lady, who of course exclaimed YES! After hugs, kisses, music (which Ben selected) and fireworks the couple got on board on a private yacht where a bottle of champagne was waiting for them. The celebrations continued into the night at the popular club Angelique where their friends were wating for them. To make sure the couple would never forget this special night, we video recorded the events as they unfolded.
We were honored to be part of this couple’s important event and wish them a happy and healthy life together.
Congratulations Liz & Ben!
Street cats. Seagulls. Ferries. Street vendors. Fishermen. Crowds. Lights. Minarets. Old and the new. Bosphorus. Panoramic views.
These are only some of the subjects you can photograph in Istanbul. Imagine discovering more during a photography tour led by the local photographer Seza Bali, who is represented by Elipsis Gallery and has exhibited at art fairs such as Contemporary Istanbul. On this tour, you can see panoramic views from the top of the Galata Tower, get lost in the rich smells and colors of the Spice Market and explore the charming Fener and Balat neighborhoods.
Don’t forget your walking shoes and be ready to see Istanbul’s many faces.
Istanbulite continues to offer unconventional tours to make sure you will have a unique experience during your visit.
Imagine getting a sneak peak into the creative minds of designers. You may even have a chance to meet them personally and learn about their working process, inspirations and new projects. On our Fashion tour you will discover local fashion and jewelery designers and learn more about the Turkish fashion scene. The tour, led by a local fashion designer, Asu Aksu gives you an insider view to the world of designers and is sure to leave you inspired.
Some of the designers we might visit are:
Özlem Ahıakın, Zeynep Erdoğan, Ayşe Deniz Yeğin, Asu Aksu as well as the collaborative designers showroom Room Teşvikiye.
With several new exhibitions opening up every month, Istanbul now holds a strong place on the international contemporary art market. Today many Turkish galleries and artists are recognized around the world, exhibiting ground breaking works and participating at international art fairs.
Beyoğlu district, the heart of the city, is home to creativity. Many artist studios, design boutiques and galleries reside in this district. Spend half a day with a local Turkish artist and walk through the neighborhoods of Cihangir, Karaköy and Tophane visiting several exhibitions.
Our Contemporary Art Walk, led by Seza Bali, will start with a cup of Turkish coffee with a brief explanation of the art scene. After visiting the galleries we will end our tour with a delicious lunch at Karaköy Lokantası.
* Please note that this tour is not available on Sundays and Mondays.
To read more about the Turkish art scene and the up-and-coming Karaköy neighborhood, check out these articles:
The Istanbul Art-Boom Bubble, New York Times
In Istanbul, a Spray of Style, New York Times