Istanbul food feature in the New Yorker

I would like to draw your attention to an article in the New Yorker by Elif Batuma about Turkish food. The piece focuses on Turkish chef Musa Dağdeviren and his restaurant Çiya Sofrasi, which happens to be my favorite restaurant in the city (see Mapplr review of Çiya Sofrasi). Çiya Sofrasi is not in the main […]

Travel Guide to Istanbul

This travel guide to Istanbul comes just in time for spring when many are planning their spring and summer holidays. I’ve been getting many inquiries about Istanbul so I decided to write this travel guide to collect all of my recommendations — currently spread over several posts — into one article. To see all of […]

TomTom Suites: elegant suites in a boutique hotel in Istanbul

If you are planning a trip to Istanbul, I recommend that you stay in either the Cihangir or Beyoglu district, not in Sultanahmet (too many tourists, cheap hotels and fast food joints). I already recommended the Witt Istanbul Suites and now I will add this one: TomTom Suites. It is close to the Witt and […]

Uniqotel: unique personally run hotels worldwide

Uniqotel is a network of small, stylish hotels and apartments run by people who believe in good design and personal service. It’s hard to believe that there aren’t more of these networks around, but I guess getting small hotel and B&B owners together is like herding cats. Uniqotel’s first three members are Miniloft Mitte (Berlin), […]

More favorite restaurants in Istanbul

I have just returned from a trip to Istanbul and am adding more restaurants below to the original list of favorites I posted last year.  I will be posting a detailed Istanbul travel guide shortly with tips on where to go, where not to stay, what to do and more. Refik Meyhane Sofyali Sokak 10/12 […]

Ciya Sofrasi: fabulous Turkish food in Istanbul

The title of this post seems redundant and silly because there’s so much good Turkish food in Istanbul. But after eating in several restaurants over five days in this beautiful city, I have to single out Çiya Sofrasi as my favorite place. Strictly speaking, Çiya serves Anatolian food: red lentil soup, purslane with barley and […]

Witt Istanbul Suites: fabulous boutique hotel in a trendy neighborhood

Istanbul is one of those cities you must visit at least once in your life. At the crossroads of the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, there’s no shortage of historical monuments: the Aya Sofia mosque (formerly the basilica of Constantine), the grand Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the underground cisterns near Aya Sofia, the […]