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Historic tram on Istanbul’s İstiklal Avenue back in operation

The historic tram connecting Istanbul’s Tünel Square and Taksim Square was reopened on Dec. 30 after a year of renovations on İstiklal Avenue. Rides on the tram will be free for one week, after which a ride will cost 2.6 Turkish Liras for a full fare and 1.25 liras for a discounted fare
Q&A with Robyn Eckhardt, author of ‘Istanbul and Beyond’

Eckhardt and her photographer husband, David Hagerman, set out to uncover a more complete story of Turkey, its people, and food in their new book, “Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey.” The recipes, stories, and photos they have collected reflect more than 20 years and

Why the Istanbul gay scene is under threat

It’s New Year’s Eve in Istanbul. Usually the city’s gay clubs — from grimy dives to overpriced VIP lounges — would be rammed with drunk, happy people grinding to Girls Aloud. But this year, many are staying in: scared of terror attacks, like the one last year that tore through the Reina nightclub on the

The 38 Essential Istanbul Restaurants

Few cities have the immense, intense character of Istanbul. It has been home to many nations, ethnicities, and cultures, all of which are reflected in the city’s cuisine. The dining options are infinite in their variety, from classic street carts to mind-blowing rooftop fine dining, a strong cup of Turkish coffee to

Istanbul moms bring a taste of home to city’s professionals

Istanbul moms bring a taste of home to city’s professionals. A new food delivery service in Istanbul is connecting mothers across the city, looking to make some extra money, with busy professionals missing a taste of home. Emily Wither reports from Istanbul. TRANSCRIPT +. A new food delivery service in

Blockbuster Da Vinci exhibition opens in Istanbul

A comprehensive exhibition featuring the works of Renaissance painter Leonardo Da Vinci has opened at UNIQ Museum in Istanbul’s Maslak area. Artworks including mechanics devices, original handwritten manuscripts and paintings, and drawings based on Da Vinci’s original sketches are displayed

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