This is considered to be the heart of modern Istanbul.
Excellent coffee in a chill atmosphere.
Nice place to hang out and read a book.
Special coffee brewing methods on the Anatolian side of Istanbul.
Always has a good exhibition or two showing.
The founder of this Dutch label, Ido de Voos, has an eye for stylish designs.
Scandinavian and Europe-inspired menswear made by local designers.
Cool, young fashion!
From chic to casual, they have something for everybody.
They offer more than 400 designer brands in this store.
A great kebab restaurant with a large open grill.
A lovely hotel with a great terrace that has a view of the Bosporus.
A design hotel in an unbeatable location.
Comfortable, stylish rooms near the water. Located in a very hip neighbourhood.
Great hospitality and a luxurious interior.
A superb fish restaurant with a large outdoor area.
Don’t dismiss this place because of its looks; the food is great (especially the meatballs)!
A great restaurant with an even better view. Perfect for fine dining!
A ‘meyhane’ is a typical Turkish restaurant. Very cozy, small menu.
Delicious Turkish cuisine in a delightful setting.
A stylish restaurant, with excellent drinks and DJs on weekends.
A tiny little place with a fantastic vibe and good music to dance to.
A wonderful rooftop bar where you can have a sundowner and enjoy an incredible view over the old city of Istanbul.
Tired of the city? Head to the wonderful island of Burgazada and take some time off.
This typical turkish restaurant is the big brother of Ciya Kebab and Ciya Kebab 2, which are located on the same street.
Especially the Topagaci area is full of terrific restaurants, cafés and bars in the neighbourhood Nisantasi.
Enjoy an outstanding cup of coffee in this vibrant district.
The House Café has several branches throughout the city and they do everything—breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner. We love to go here for breakfast especially.
Pop in the design store Archive and marvel at their cool interior design pieces.
There’s a lot fantastic art to be had at the Gallery Rooms—pimp your living room!
An authentic and delicious kebab experience. Enjoy!
Pide is a typical turkish flatbread, mostly filled with different vegetables, meat or cheese.
A very centrally located hotel. From here you can already explore a lot by foot!
This restaurant serves marvellous Turkish cuisine. In the summer you can enjoy their delicacies outside on the terrace, with a wonderful view over the Bosporus.
This beautiful little restaurant serves delectable, traditional cuisine with contemporary influences.
Dance to the Minimal and Techno at this hip club.
Go deep at this fantastic deep house music club. Coming here is always a pleasure!
Don’t be frightened by the huge marble lion roaring at you when you enter this cool cocktail bar.
This district has come to life recently and one cool bar after another is opening up. Full of noteworthy hot spots, such as the Alexandra bar!
The perfect place to have an excellent dinner and fantastic drinks in a very hip and laid-back setting. The name is obviously inspired by the Berlin district Mitte where the owner lived for a few years.
Our thoughts about Istanbul
Cultural diversity and dynamism.
The music changes with the tempo of the day. The morning starts out with easygoing tunes, work is accompanied by jazz, and the day ends with heavy beats.
Take a vacation into Our life
We were both born, raised, and schooled in Istanbul. Kerem lived and worked in Amsterdam for five years before coming back. We got married in 2015 and now live happily ever after here. 😉
It can be any second where you make the most of the day. Early morning sunshine is priceless—it gives you a fresh, positive energy in life, while a new day, a new adventure is just beginning.
People, who are trying to improve the quality of life.
Nature, with its silent beauty.
Cities, with a vibrant atmosphere that keeps you running 24 hours.
Art, in all forms.
Music, depending on your current mood.
Positive, active, talkative, with a sense of humour, sometimes ADHD, always on the road.
Sunny, urban, artful, partying, eating (very important!).
Some authors: Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Chuck Palahniuk.
Some magazines: Wallpaper, Time Out, Vogue, Dwell, Kinfolk.
We’re not loyal to any one newspaper. We mainly follow the news online.
Series: Game of Thrones, Vikings, Breaking Bad, Bron, Black Mirror, Entourage.
Fİlms: Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson movies, Green Butchers, Trainspotting, I Origins, Soulkitchen, Ratatouille.
Next to each other, because we love sleeping in aeroplanes.
Amsterdam, Bruges, Barcelona, Berlin, London, New York, and Istanbul.
Hedonistic but cautious.
Mostly weekenders, sometimes a suitcase.
We are animal lovers, we live with our cat Felix.
escaping, meeting, discovering, learning, tasting, experiencing.
a funny puzzle.