21, Stylist, Artist & Columnist, Istanbul - Turkey
Discover the exotic yet erotic, aesthetic yet messy, modern yet historical, Western yet Oriental city of Istanbul... all through the eyes of someone who shares your passion for contrast. Selim Köroglu is the man behind the mask of Marshata and a well established blogger, painter and stylist in his own rights. Follow in his footsteps and get lost in his dream of this most inspiring and intriguing city.
Whether you’re a worldly traveler, native weekender or plain-old adventurer, SuB Karaköy is a true paradise of energy and creativity. An absolute must on any itinerary. The hotel lies literally in-between the old and the new city, making you a part of both worlds.
Cafe Lumière offers a full-on Anatolian breakfast with loads of local specialties and international delicacies to choose from. You can enjoy your breakfast in their wonderful garden, this is the place to be whether you want to start the new day afresh or just recover from the old one.
- Monday–Sunday 8.00am–11.00pm
The best way to discover this eclectic and alluring quarter of Istanbul, is to literally lose yourself in its narrow streets, winding alleyways and charming squares. You’ll see why this is a favorite haunt of many of the city’s art and expat scene. Make your way to Çukurcuma Square and branch out from there, picking up all manner of antiques, curiosities, artworks and artifacts along the way.
- Monday–Sunday 9.00am–8.00pm
Looking to experience the old and the new Istanbul both at once? Take the historic tramway to Istıklal Avenue and then drop into the Arter gallery. Two worlds that happen to be right next to each other could not be further apart! Contemporary art pieces are being displayed in this extensive art space. Check out the intriguing mix of local and international exhibitors!
- Tuesday–Thursday 11.00am–7.00pm
- Friday–Sunday 12.00pm–8.00pm
This impressive venue used to be the headquarters of the Imperial Ottoman Bank back in the 19th century. Today, it is a vibrant and multidisciplinary venture known as Salt. Stop by and soak up the creative and artistic energy of this place on a spontaneous visit en route for Galata tower or plan ahead and attend one of the many fascinating workshops.
- Tuesday–Saturday 12.00pm–8.00pm
- Sunday 12.00pm–6.00pm
This is what a traditional Turkish lunch is all about. Standing in the shadow of the impressive Galata tower, the location is also as Turkish as it gets. I’m a sucker for their delicious kebabs, washed down with a tasty glass of ayran.
- Monday–Thursday 8.00am–12.00am
- Friday–Saturday 8.00am–1.00am
- Sunday 8.00am–12.00am
How much vintage fashion, one-off accessories and other classic paraphernalia can you fit into a single store? I can spend hours in Binbavul perusing the shelves of this tucked away gem in the heart of Tünel, finding accessories for my creations and old shirts to wear. It has everything to tempt the nostalgic at heart, from the swingin’ 20s to the happenin’ 70s.
- Monday–Sunday 11.00am–9.00pm
While you’re waiting for the ferry to take you across, grab one of the best Turkish coffees in town at this up-beat café with its gorgeous tiled interior. Served, of course, with all manner of sweets for which the Turkish are famous. I also just love to sit here and draw all the afternoon long.
- Monday–Friday 8.30am–10.00pm
- Saturday–Sunday 9.30am–10.00pm
Getting from Europe to Asia has never been easier... The ferry steams away from Karaköy and on its journey treats passengers to fine views of Topkapı Palace, Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque and Haydarpaşa train station. Before reaching the Kadıköy district on the Asian side, the ferry makes a quick stop at the beautiful train station. This journey helps to clear your mindset.
- Monday–Sunday 6.00am–12.00am
If you’re venturing across the Bosphorous then be sure to stop at this streetwear paradise. A legend in its own right on the Asian side of Istanbul. Gargamel is the temple for "pop culture" accessories and the place to find trendy bags, shoes, skateboards and t-shirts.
- Monday–Friday 10.00am–8.00pm
Friendly, vibrant, cheap and gooooooood… this is fast food Turkish style! A real hit with the younger crowd and the perfect way to lay down some solid foundations before or in between a night out drinking.
- Monday–Sunday 1.00pm–2.00am
Arka Oda is surely one of the highlights of Istanbul’s already vibrant nightlife, located in Kadıköy’s lively street Kadife Sokak. Frequented by many of trendsetting locals, it is a good spot to meet Turkish eclectic crowd and to discover the Turkish alternative music scene.
- Monday–Sunday 5.00pm–3.00am
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Photography by Maneki Neko