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Cashmere in Love

Fashion Designer

Graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York. Whether it is Anatolian flowers or Czech cubism, my deep interest in color and shapes finds a medium in cashmere. Travel continues to be a source of inspiration themes drawn from distant places and culture journeys.

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Burcu Basar


I am a 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…!

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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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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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Nisan Agca

Barista Champion

Hi all! I’m the 2016 and 2017 Turkish Barista Champion and I live in Istanbul.

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Zoe Yacht Cruises

Boat Tour Guide

Orla works for Zoe Yacht Cruises, a locally owned and managed Turkish flybridge motor-yacht, ready to take you out on a private cruise around Istanbul, the Bosphorus Strait, Golden Horn, Princes’ Islands, Marmara or Black Sea.

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Idil Mese


Idil is an Istanbul-born singer-songwriter. Her songs meditate on the themes of love and loss, and tell the stories of heart and mind, beauty and truth. She listens to folk music from Ireland, Turkey, USA, Tuva and she is deeply inspired by Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, John Zorn, Bob Dylan and Björk.

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Istanbul Clues

Tour Guide

Serhat Engul is a private tour guide based in Istanbul. He has been working as a licensed guide for the last 12 years.

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Lorenza Mussini

Traveler and Foodie

I’m Lorenza, I’m Italian and I love traveling and eating, but also cooking and trying new recipes. When I travel I like to discover the people and the local culture through food, by talking to people while enjoying a glass of wine or a spicy soup. I love to share the things I see, I taste and I experience – this is why I decided to contribute to this exciting guide!

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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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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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Esra Pencereci

Healthy Foodie

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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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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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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Stay.com's Content Manager

Stay.com Content & Community Manager | World Traveler | Health Coach | Yoga Teacher | Vegetarian

Creator of tons of Stay.com guides focusing on health and budget. Expect juice bars, independent cafes, yoga studios, free attractions and a whole lot more.

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Favorites around the Bosphorus

Favorites around the Bosphorus

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Zoe Yacht Cruises

Boat Tour Guide

Places for a romantic trip. Istanbul is a wonderful destination for a romantic getaway and offers plenty of beautiful places to visit, both on land and on the water. This guide takes you to the best places around the Bosphorus! Hop on a boat and make the most out of your trip to Istanbul with this travel guide.

  1. Zoe Yacht Bosphorus Cruise +Add

    Zoe Yacht Bosphorus Cruise

    Experience Istanbul in style
  2. SuAda 27./28.06.08 +Add

    Suada Club

    “Spend a day swimming by the Bosphorus in the open air pool at ...
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  3. Turkey-1260 - Ciragan Palace +Add

    Ciragan Palace

    “Go for brunch at the Ciragan Palace by the Bosphorus. Enjoy the ...
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  4. Course 6 +Add


    “Renowned fish restaurant almost ‘under the Bridge’ (2nd ...
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  5. Afternoon Tea Rundle Lounge - Tea Pastries +Add

    YALI Lounge

    “Five O’Clock Tea at the Four Seasons Bosphorus! Beautiful garden ...
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  6. Maiden's Tower (Kiz Kulesi) +Add

    Maiden's Tower

    “Visit the Tower and watch the sunset over the Bosphorus and ...
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  7. Rumelian Castle +Add


    “Visit the Rumeli Fortress and have a Turkish breakfast at one of ...
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  8. Bosphorus +Add

    Sehir Hatları

    “Cross the Bosphorus by any Sehir Hatları ferry while drinking tea ...
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  9. SSM Atli Kosk +Add

    Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi

    “Enjoy a walk through the beautiful house and garden, take in the ...
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Zoe Yacht Cruises

Boat Tour Guide. Orla works for Zoe Yacht Cruises, a locally owned and managed Turkish flybridge motor-yacht, ready to take you out on a private cruise around Istanbul, the Bosphorus Strait, Golden Horn, Princes’ Islands, Marmara or Black Sea.