Istanbul with its unique synergy, culture, landscape and architecture and wonderful energy has inspired many artists. We have met Istanbul’s magical blend of foreign and familiar, old and modern, Islamic and Mediterranean in novels, poetries, songs and movies, of course. Istanbul’s world-renowned sites, such as the Topkapı Palace Museum, Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar, Eminönü, the Basilica Cistern, Beyazıt and many other locations in the city have showed their hospitality to many filmmakers. We have compiled some “Nostalgic Movie Scenes of Istanbul” in Yeşilçam (Turkish cinema). Now, we will list some new scenes of Istanbul from the Hollywood and the world cinema.
Cinema is the mirror of the city. One of the best ways to familiarize with a city is cinema. İstanbul, with no doubt, is a city of cinema. It has been the main natural plateau of Turkish cinema since the end of 1930s. The first filming in İstanbul was made by a camera located on a boat throughout the golden horn.
If you also enjoy feeling the spirit of a city through the movies such as Roman Holiday, In Bruges or Before Sunrise, let’s look at Istanbul, the city with seven hills, in the eyes of the seventh art. Even, let’s wear the nostalgic glasses and luckily have the chance to look at Istanbul of those times in old movies of Yeşilçam (Turkish cinema).
Coffee means so much to so many people. It’s much more than a drink; it’s a lifestyle. It awakens, revives, refreshes. It is the drink of intimate conversations, the best friend of books, the chosen beverage of artists, and a source of inspiration. Coffee is one of the few drinks to have spawned a related culture. This situation obviously is not confined to Istanbul; coffee has a unique value within the daily life, culture and art of societies around the world. But I wanted to look at the past and present of coffee culture in Istanbul.
Paris without Shakespeare and Company, Porto without Livraria Lello & Irmao, or Maastricht without Selexyz is just “eh”. You should walk not only around the streets of a city but also around the pages of a book from a bookshelf of one worth seeing bookstore in the city. Here is the list of five charming bookstores which are worth to see in Istanbul.
Street vendors are inseparable parts of the harmony of Istanbul streets. Simit, pilav, roast corn, chestnuts, all kinds of fruit, fish sandwich, dürüm, kokoreç, stuffed mussel, and meatball… After soccer games, during the concerts, on the way back home after a tiring workday, after a night out, or in a hunger crisis in midnight… They are always welcoming you: Meatball vans! If you are open trying tasty, local street food, we invite you to a “meatball adventure” on the backstreets of Istanbul.