The Şakirin Mosque

There are more than 3000 active mosques in Istanbul and, in terms of architectural style, they can generally be categorized as either Byzantine (ancient...

Insider Trading: Nigerian Food in Istanbul

I have been trying for years to find any sort of African restaurant in Istanbul. It certainly would seem that the immigrant population is...

Tipping in Turkey

Certain things that are second nature at home can be a minefield abroad. Etiquette in all of its various forms is especially tricky. Despite...

Insider Trading: Journey

Being English, one of the foods I miss most from home is a good scone. A good scone, baked to perfection, served with butter, jam...

The Yabangee Contributor’s Guide to New Year’s Eve in Istanbul

As New Year's Eve draws closer, the pressure is increasing on how to best ring in the new year. We've asked some of the...

Dancing for Haydarpaşa

Sunday, 8 December had Haydarpaşa Station hosting a danceathon like no other. The tango, swing and salsa communities of Istanbul staged what can only...

Christmas in Istanbul: 5 Last Minute Ideas

Some of you may already have your flawless Christmas plans in place; spending all day in your tiny Istanbul apartment kitchen, trying to recreate...

Cast Away: Istanbul’s Rüzgar Casting Agency

When I came to Istanbul seeking fame and fortune as a writer, little did I imagine that I would also be a star. A...

Insider Trading: Umeyoga

Umeyoga takes its name and its essence from the large plum tree growing in the courtyard. Ume means plum flower in Japanese and the...

Insider Trading: Bargain Hunting @ B. SS, D Designers on Sale

Bargain hunting is a mythic activity in New York City, which is filled with historical temples of fashion (Loehmann’s), teeming bazaar-like meccas (Century 21)...

Big News: Turkey to have a permanent venue in the Venice...

Turkey is obtaining a long-term venue in the Venice Biennale, one of world's leading contemporary art and architecture events. The allotment of 20 years (from...

Istanbul’s First Second-Hand Shopping Guide

This article was adapted from Yesilist.com. Don’t you just adore the colorful display windows of second-hand shops? Even more so, the quest for second-hand treasures...

Istanbul Toy Museum: Blast from the Past

Nestled deep in the back streets of Göztepe lies the Istanbul Toy Museum. The lovely white house is guarded by two giraffes ready to...

Cappadocia: Just Go Already!

By Tas Anjarwalla So, thousands of years ago two volcanoes erupted and created two layers of malleable rock in central Turkey. The rock slowly eroded...

Organic Farming in Turkey

What began as demand from EU countries for organically-grown traditional Turkish dried fruits and nuts soon developed into a growing phenomenon. Today, organic produce...

Permaculture: A Growing Trend in Istanbul

By Abdelrahman Mahmoud Permaculture. Does the word ring any bells? If yes, and you are already well acquainted with the concept, then hold on a minute...

Turkey’s Pickle Culture

For a long time there has been a culture struggling to make itself known, to have its voice heard. Often relegated to the sidelines,...

Weekend Getaway: Edirne

With the Children’s and Youth holiday coming up on 23 April and warmer weather upon us, many of you may be wondering where to...

Müslüm Gürses and The Rise of Arabesk

“Çilesiz bir günüm olmadı gitti Bilmedim ömrümün suçu ne usta Allah'ın gücüne gider mi bilmem Verdiği bu candan ben bıktım usta My carefree days never came I don’t know,...

Camel Wrestling in the Land of the Efe

Camel wrestling is, in a word, raucous. Smoke permeates every inch of the earthen amphitheater, so much so that it is difficult to make...

Tribute to Ayran: An Expat Love Story

Writing about the allure of ayran has been on my agenda for over a year now. Every time an expat informs me that they...

Where to Live in Istanbul: Your Guide to the Neighbourhoods

Whether you're moving to the city for the first time, or are looking to try a new area, we've compiled a guide to the...

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