ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Zeynep Şen, Writer, Translator and Literary...

Juggling an excess of professional responsibility while still finding the time for your own creative pursuits can be especially daunting. By any measure, Zeynep Şen has taken...

The Last Round: Boxing, Martial Arts, and a Social Conscience

In the dead of this past winter, I ran into a friend in Cihangir who seemed uncharacteristically ecstatic. I told him as much and...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Meltem Şahin, Illustrator, Animator and Educator

Meltem Şahin is an illustrator, animator, and educator with an extensive array of projects in her portfolio. A Fulbright scholar, her exhibition "Negative Pleasure" late last...

In Conversation with Sinem and Murat of The Hobbit House

I think as often as we get caught up in the never-ending hustle and bustle of Istanbul that we sometimes forget to break outside...

#Reshape Your City – Istanbul’s Urban Thinkers Summit

After the success of the Social Impact Summit in December, Istanbul&I, a volunteer youth community dedicated to social impact is organizing another summit -- this time about...

Awkward Tales from the ‘Bul #3: On Teaching English

On my first day of teaching English in Istanbul, I was thrust into the classroom without so much as a book or a clue. I...

The 12th Istanbul Tulip Festival in Full Bloom

The tulip is a flower long rooted into Istanbul’s history and life. It can be found in Ottoman era paintings, clothing, mentioned in poetry...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Çiçek Kahraman, Co-Founder of UKA Film

UKA Film is the multifaceted collaborative effort of co-founders Çiçek Kahraman and Can Kılcıoğlu. With a scope that compliments their skill sets and covers various...

Awkward Tales from the ‘Bul #2: On Cleanliness

A few years ago, on a freezing, snowy day, my roommate and I climbed our way up one of Istanbul's steep hills and hopped...

A Glimpse into Müz Botanik Kafe

During my first few days in Istanbul, I happened to pass Müz Botanik Kafe by chance. I was in a hurry, but the little...

Expat Spotlight Recap: #1 & #2

Expat Spotlight, in collaboration with ATÖLYE, is our monthly series showcasing the inspiring contributions being made by Istanbul’s diverse international community to the city’s...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Lesia Petrovska, Interior Architect

Being an interior architect is a detail-oriented and challenging profession, certainly magnified when the typical project worked on is over 1,000 km away. Lesia...

Awkward Tales from the ‘Bul #1: On Residence Permit Applications

Every yabancı has at least one tale of woe and regret when it comes to residence permit applications in Istanbul. I am no exception. After passing...

BU Paws: Boğaziçi University’s Dog Sanctuary

Istanbul is a city more than a little renowned among those in the know as a city of cats. Less well-known is the ancient...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Oki Kasajima, Freelance Designer

Going on a four year honeymoon isn't really the type of thing you plan for, but it's exactly what happened to freelance designer Oki...

Review: Red Axes Midnight Session @ Babylon Bomonti

For those who were at Bomontiada on St. Patrick's Day, you'll know it was a sloppy, high-energy affair for nearly everyone present. The holiday...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Emre Erbirer, Communications Coordinator

In their influential role as one of the city’s foremost creative hubs, ATÖLYE has launched a number of ambitious projects focused on guiding the local community...

Take 5: Vefa

When most people think of the "Old City" of Istanbul, Sultanahmet usually springs to mind. Yet perhaps one of the most interesting areas historically,...

Come what may, Spoken Word Istanbul is here to stay

“There are just three rules: No Racism, no sexism, and no homophobia.” Rules? I thought this was an open-mic event. There shouldn’t be any rules. “You...

The Away Days Return Home @ Salon IKSV

The Away Days don’t sound like your average Istanbul band, but then again, how does an “average Istanbul band” even sound? With a city...

ATÖLYE Spotlight: In Conversation with Carla Lemgruber, Design Consultant & Freelancer

Carla Lemgruber traveled quite a distance from Rio de Janeiro in pursuit of love so that she could set roots here in Istanbul. A...

Büyülü Fener: A Magic Lantern to Istanbul’s Past

A middle aged man passes under a vivid yet rustic sign that reads BÜYÜLÜ FENER, which fits like a puzzle piece among the colors of...

Introducing ATÖLYE: A Community for Creatives

Istanbul lends itself to being a city of infinite potential and countless ideas, reinforced by the numerous creatives one comes across focused on turning...

Top 10 Craft Beer Destinations in Istanbul & Brew Breakdown

The Turkish craft beer scene has been on the march for the last two or three years, and despite rising alcohol prices, 2016 was an...

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