Local expert guides to Istanbul

Food and coffee guides to Istanbul

Local expert guides to Istanbul

Stay.com local experts in Istanbul

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Kith and Kin

Fashion Designer

I’m a fashion designer from Istanbul. My fashion is inspired by the tribes and colors of Africa, and the African spirit is reflected in colorful silk clothes.

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Burcu Basar

Photographer and Lawyer

I am a 33 year old lawyer living in the Tesvikiye district of Istanbul. Traveling and photography are the two most important parts of my life although I also believe lawyering is not necessarily as boring as people think. Instagram: @basarburcu

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Tuba Şatana

Food Expert

Tuba has been in the food industry for 20 years, starting her way from the kitchen, operated many openings, followed by managerial positions in many international companies, corporations, restaurants. She has been sharing food stories, her experiences, and her love of food with her readers on her famed blog istanbulfood.com since 2009. She is also a published food photographer and has worked as local food consultant in many international food shows.

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Ronan Dockery

Pub Owner

Ronan is the owner of the Irish Time pub, located in the heart of Istanbul.

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Sinan Sökmen

Partner at Istanbul Tour Studio

I was born and raised in Istanbul. I live in Taksim and work at Istanbul Tour Studio Travel Agency as partner and managing director. We design and organize special Istanbul tours and experiences such as photography walks, cooking classes, sailing, rowing, bicycle tours, jewelry workshops, street art walks and more.

I like traveling, exploring new cultures and cuisines. Istanbul is my home, my work and also my playground.

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Özge Lokmanhekim

Travel Journalist

My name is Özge Altınok Lokmanhekim. I’m a lawyer, specialized in intellectual property and social media law. I also have a travel blog where I share my travel notes and photos. I write about Istanbul, the city where I was born and currently live. I’m a freelance travel writer for several magazines including Forbes Turkey, Elele, All Decor. I’m a new mother and currently writing about life with kids and travels with kids.

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Cooking Classes

We give travellers the opportunity to get in touch with authentic Turkish food with a hands-on experience in a friendly environment and a homely atmosphere.

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World Traveler

World Traveler | Stay.com Content & Community Manager | Holistic Nutrition | Early Morning Yogini | Vegetarian |

Creator of Stay.com guides focusing on budget trips and health conscious travels.

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Stay Editors

The best movie, music and book spots

And… action!

Your Stay.com editors take you to the best spots from the movies and books. Get the guide and visit the best film and literature locations, all over the world.

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Rıfat Özbek

Fashion Designer

Rıfat Özbek is an award-winning fashion designer from Istanbul, who has worked with princess Diana, Madonna, Cher, Janet Jackson and many others.

Recently he started cooperating with Erdal Karaman and together they designed pillows for Donna Karan, Kate Moss, Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci, Rupert Everett, and Famke Janssen.

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Cooking Alaturka

Cooking Classes

We opened in 2002 as Istanbul’s first Turkish cooking school and thanks to lots of favorable press we have been cooking up a storm since then. Our location is ideal, amidst the city’s major sights. Whether you stay close to us or not, you’re bound to come our way.

We’ll teach you a balanced five-course menu in a group of 2 to 10 persons. And of course I’ll be happy to give you advice on what to see, do, and eat in Istanbul.

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Esra Pencereci

Healthy Foodie & Street Art Enthusiast

Esra Pencereci works in advertising agency and looks for inspiration in every aspect of city.

She is interested in street art and modern art, and is one of the content providers for the Street Art İstanbul App. She is also into yoga, healthy eating and etymology. She looks for the culture and soul of the location rather than quality or fame.

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