166 Reasons Not to Leave Istanbul

These last months have not been easy. Our hearts ache for the country that has been a welcoming home away from home for so many of us....

Top 10 Forgotten Historical sites of Istanbul

When I first lived in Istanbul for 6 months in 2013, some of my most memorable days were spent simply wandering the old city...

Take 5: Cihangir (A Morning on Başkurt Sokak)

Istanbul arguably doesn’t really have one central district, like a downtown or a city center. It is a city of many centers, each with...

Take 5: Karaköy (Shopping Edition)

Karaköy is a unique neighborhood with a mishmash of art, culture and food all packed into a zigzag of tiny streets and alleys. Although...
Sancaklar mosque

City Highlights: Sancaklar Cami

A friend of mine from the Czech Republic once told me her feelings while she visited Istanbul one year ago. She said that it...

Introducing: Securance – Residence Permit Health Insurance Made Easy

From the advertiser: Dear Guests, For years now, we have been one of Istanbul's leading executive agency insurance companies, promising professional service at a reasonable price...

Take 5: Çengelköy

Coming around a bend on the Anatolian side between the two bridges is the aptly named Çengelköy. The neighborhood, whose name means hook village in Turkish, is...

Romancing the Old City: A Somewhat Cynical Love Note to Istanbul

To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day, All in the morning betime, And I a maid at your window, To be your Valentine. Then up he...

42 Istanbul Resolutions for 2016

1. Find some way to convince our friends & families that we're safe here. 2. Stop going to malls so much... or at all. 3. Use...

Small Projects Istanbul: Emphasizing Education

“They first need to learn Turkish to be better integrated into their Turkish communities -- namely, their schools,” stressed Anna Tuson, the communication manager...

A Walk around Üsküdar

For many people living on the European side of Istanbul, crossing over to the “other side” (the Anatolian side) seems like a trek, especially...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I go when I’m the third wheel...

“Where can I go when I’m the awkward third wheel on a date?” This unfortunate situation has been endured by many, myself included. To make...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I take my friends or relatives who...

“Where can I take my friends or relatives who want to try Turkish ev yemekleri?” If you delve deep into Turkish cuisine, past the kebap...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I go for a non-chocolate dessert?”

“Where can I go for a non-chocolate dessert?” Sometimes chocolate is not the sweet you crave. Maybe you fancy something made with honey, fruit and...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I get my bike repaired and grab...

“Where can I get my bike repaired and grab a cup of coffee?” The idyllic, almost-sleepy neighborhood of Yeniköy is not a place many people...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where’s the best place to break up with someone?”

“Where’s the best place to break up with someone?” There are several specific rules when you're about to break someone's heart in Istanbul. One, don't...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I have a leisurely breakfast and not...

“Where can I have a leisurely breakfast and not be elbow-deep in my neighbor’s menemen?” There are few things more satisfying than waking up late...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where do I take my vegan friend out for...

“Where do I take my vegan friend out for brunch?” Long-time residents of Istanbul have without a doubt been introduced to the joy of a...

Insider Trading: Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam

I am fascinated by hamams. Their architecture (those gorgeous holed domes), their history (the ancient ritual of public bathing) and the leisure (they provide...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I go to enjoy a few beers...

"Where can I go to enjoy a few beers and play pool without having to share a table with guys who own their own...

Weekend Getaway: Lake Sapanca

Like many places in Turkey, there's a story behind Lake Sapanca's name. In fact, it derives from a myth that many locals apparently still...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where do I take my Turkish friend who just...

“Where do I take my Turkish friend who just moved back from abroad out for dinner?” For anyone who loves Turkish food, the approach that...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where should I take my tourist friend who won’t...

“Where should I take my tourist friend who won't admit to being a tourist?” There are two very different types of friends who come to...

Review: Spoken Word Istanbul @ Arsen Lüpen

Three years ago, Merve Pehlivan, an art and writing enthusiast, decided to create a friendly environment where writers, poets, singers and performers of all...

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