Over the past five years, Istanbul has been the only place I have found myself returning to again and again. For the culture, the beautiful landscapes, the food and I can’t forget the people.
One of them is Sinan Sökmen. His company, Istanbul Tour Studio, is the reason I discovered so many different sides of the Imperial City and one of the main reasons I keep coming back.
It was thanks to him that I found myself rowing the calm waters of the Golden Horn in the early morning before rubbing shoulders with hard-working locals away from the breakfast spots overrun with tourists. Why I discovered wooden Ottoman houses and fell in love with the fishing village of Arnavutköy. And how I learned forever – and I mean still – trust Zübeyir Ocakbaşı servers. Basically, I wouldn’t have seen or eaten half of what I have in Istanbul without his expert help and local knowledge.
And now, in collaboration with Turkey’s leading travel editor and journalist, Seda Domaniç, travelers can have the same experience for themselves with the beautiful new guide, Monday to Sunday Istanbul.
Under Domanic as editor and with Sökmen as curator, the duo have also brought in international travel writers, talented photographers and a creative management team that strives to give a new angle to a city thousands of years old. to share more than 110 unique experiences in Istanbul.
Monday to Sunday Istanbul offers a beautifully curated look at Istanbul, breaking down the city into seven carefully selected routes for each day of the week, perfectly suited to the specific time of day.
For a city that has been written about and covered by guidebooks and travel publications to death (guilty as well as indicted), this is a refreshing new look at the city not just through their eyes, but also through the eyes of the chiefs. , artists, documentarians, academics, designers, journalists, entrepreneurs and architects who live and work there.
It is through these interviews and associated with seven days of immersion in Istanbul’s culture, history, art, design and gastronomy that the true taste and soul of the city is felt, even through the pages.
Find your footing in the sights, smells and sounds of the “The Imperial City” and Sultanahmet, Eminönü and the Golden Horn on Monday.
Drag the “Glam Bosphorus” alongside ferries, fishing boats and luxury yachts on Tuesday.
Take a walk on “The Asian Side” and embrace the bustling street culture of Kadıköy and its cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries on Wednesday.
Free your heart on the “The Princes’ Islands” and treat yourself to live music, caviar and dancing on Thursday.
Soothe your soul with the “Art, Antiquities and Activism in Beyoglu”, the beating heart of Istanbul’s cultural life and home to the city’s thriving arts scene, on Friday.
Stage “In the creative heart of the city” and stroll along the alleys and between the old neoclassical apartment buildings of Nisantasi and Bomonti, admiring the grand entrances and facades, on Saturday.
And, finally, relax watching “Towards the Black Sea” and a day of escape from the hustle and bustle of central Istanbul as you find refuge in the neighborhoods of Yeniköy, Sarıyer and Kilyos on Sunday.
Monday to Sunday Istanbul can be found in bookstores in Istanbul or ordered online here.