Artists open their studios to the public

Open Studio Days, a non-profit organization coordinated by Juliane Saupe and Deniz Beser, provides an opportunity for visual artists, designers, illustrators, to open their doors and embrace the wider creative community and general public of Istanbul.

Open Studio Days are the artists’ chance to share their work with a curious audience without needing galleries. They will open their studios, homes, spaces and invite people in. With a map in hand, people can wander from studio to studio to explore the vivid labors, work shops and action spaces in Taksim, Cihangir, Galata, Karaköy, Tophane and Teşvikiye, which are normally not open to the public.


Sami Baruh, Gözde Başkent, Deniz Beşer, Şebnem Çakaloğulları, Eda Emirdağ, Defne Güntürkün, Sedef Karakaş, Koff Animation, Erbil Sivaslıoğlu (BittiGitti), Streetart İstanbul İnsiyatifi (Pertev Emre Taştaban // Pet05 Street Projects // Uygar Demoğlu // Akkor), Aslı Şarman Toğulga (Wohha), Gülçin Uzun, Gamze Yalçın, Melike Yavuz (pianneaura) and Şule Yiğit will open their studios for Open Studio Days 2014.

Open Studio: 27th and 28th September, 3 pm- 9 pm 

Click here for the map of the studios.


Argos in Cappadocia: One of the world’s most beautiful hotel


Fodor’s Travel, the leading travel and tourism publication in the world, has named Argos in Cappadocia in Turkey as one of the 100 most beautiful hotels and one of the top 12 small hotels of the world. 

Argos in Cappadocia is located in the heart of Cappadocia in the Uçhisar Village. This cave hotel has a total of 53 rooms and suites with excellent design of modern mixed with traditional, an excavated concert space and its own wine cellar. It stands out with its excellent service and magnificent views over the Pigeon Valley.

Seki Restaurant of the hotel is one of the best restaurants of the country with its great menu, choice of wine and location.

istanbulite offers two tours to Cappadocia, take a look at them on our website here


Istanbul is getting ready for Art International

The Turkish art scene has been on the rise for several years with galleries participating to international art fairs, artist driven initiatives popping up in the city and Turkish artists getting international recognition.

With this hype and interest in the Turkish contemporary art scene, Art International, an art fair only on its second year, is getting ready for its visitors.  

The second year of the fair brings together 78 international and local art galleries to Halic Congress Center. In addition to exhibitions, the program includes screenings, talks, forums, performances and a section dedication to art initiatives called Alternatives. The impressive sculpture terrace By the Waterside along the historic Golden Horn’s waterfront will exhibit works by artist like Joan Miró, Benjamin Appel, Laurent Bolognini and Osman Dinc.


If you’re visiting Istanbul in late September, make sure you visit Art International. In addition to the fair, the local art scene will also be very vibrant. If you want to get a closer look, don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a tour of the leading contemporary Turkish galleries with local artist Seza Bali.  Read more about our Contemporary Art Walk and contact us for any questions.


Art International opening times:

Thursday, September 25:     14.00 – 17:00 (VIP Preview and Press Preview)

Thursday, September 25:     17:00 – 21:00 Vernissage

Friday, September 26:          12:00 – 20:00 Public Opening

Saturday, September 27:      12:00 – 20:00 Public Opening

Sunday, September 28:        12:00 – 18:00 Public Opening



Haliç Congress Center, SütlüceMah., Karaağaç Cad., Beyoğlu İstanbul (www.haliccc.com)

Check out their website for more info: http://www.artinternational.com

Photograph: Saad Qureshi’s sculpture on the sculpture terrace, Art International 2013. Photo credit Honeybunn Photography


New website, new tours

Our third year in business marks the launch of a new website! We hope that you will like our new design as much as we do.


With our new website comes also new tours. We have expanded and now offer tours outside of Istanbul. How about a trip to Ephesus or Cappadocia?

Cappadocia, with its unique geography, cultural and historical features is one of the hottest travel destinations in Turkey. The region is famous for its unusual rock formations created as a result of the eroding rains and winds of thousands of years of the lava-covered plains. There are churches carved into rocks and several underground cities that are open to visit. One of the most popular activities in the region is doing a hot-air balloon ride at sunrise. Float above the fairy chimneys and see the area from a new perspective. Do not forget that the balloon ride ends with a champagne toast with the pilot! 


We offer one day or two day tours in Cappadocia, read more about them on our website.

Ephesus, an ancient Greek city near the southwest city of İzmir, is a popular and historic landmark to visit in Turkey. The city was built in the 10th century BC and to this day only 15% of it has been excavated. The Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World is here and the House of Virgin Mary is nearby. Ephesus is also near Şirince Village, an authentic Turkish village famous for its wooden houses and its local wine.

istanbulite can organize a customized tour just for you, please see our Highlights of Ephesus tour on our website.

We look forward to hosting you on your next trip to Turkey!


Istanbul is hosting The Moving Museum


Istanbul will be home to an exciting art project from August until October. The Moving Museum, an artistic institution that creates projects through a traveling program of contemporary art exhibitions, is launching its newest project at Art Kültür in Istanbul’s Cihangir neighborhood. The project is a three-month long artist residency that will host 38 international artists, including 12 Turkish artists.

Currently painter Mai-Thu Parret is apprenticing in the art of kilim in the eastern city of Van and NY based artist Rafaël Rozendaal is hosting an interactive YouTube party inviting visitors to bring their laptops to the gallery.

The works created during the residencies will culminate in an exhibition at the end of October. If you’re visiting Istanbul in the next two months, make sure to check out their projects.

Read more about The Moving Museum here.


A very special proposal


As Istanbulite, not only we take care of your stay in and around Istanbul, but can also arrange an unforgettable evening for you. How about a wedding proposal?!

We had the pleasure to organize a memorable evening for Liz & Ben, a lovely couple from Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

The surprise event took place at the luxurious Çırağan Kempinski Hotel. Their evening started with a private dinner table set in front of the Tuğra Restaurant with views of the Bosphorus. A cellist was playing in the background and the table was decorated beautifully with candles . After their romantic dinner, Ben took Liz towards the historical arch where the surprise was waiting. We were informed that Liz loved gumball machines, and Ben wanted to hide the ring inside one of the prizes in a gumball machine.  We set the machine at the foot of the arch and as suspected, Liz ran towards the gumball machine as soon as she saw it, flipped the handle and got her pize. What a prize was that! Immediately Ben got on one knee and proposed to his beautiful lady, who of course exclaimed YES! After hugs, kisses, music (which Ben selected) and fireworks  the couple got on board on a private yacht where a bottle of champagne was waiting for them.  The celebrations continued into the night at the popular club Angelique where their friends were wating for them. To make sure the couple would never forget this special night, we video recorded the events as they unfolded.

We were honored to be part of this couple’s important event and wish them a happy and healthy life together.

Congratulations Liz & Ben!


See Istanbul in a new perspective

Street cats. Seagulls. Ferries. Street vendors. Fishermen. Crowds. Lights. Minarets. Old and the new. Bosphorus. Panoramic views.

These are only some of the subjects you can photograph in Istanbul. Imagine discovering more during a photography tour led by the local photographer Seza Bali, who is represented by Elipsis Gallery and has exhibited at art fairs such as Contemporary Istanbul. On this tour, you can see panoramic views from the top of the Galata Tower, get lost in the rich smells and colors of the Spice Market and explore the charming Fener and Balat neighborhoods. 

Don’t forget your walking shoes and be ready to see Istanbul’s many faces.



Istanbulite’s latest tour lets you discover Turkish fashion in a unique way


Istanbulite continues to offer unconventional tours to make sure you will have a unique experience during your visit.

Imagine getting a sneak peak into the creative minds of designers. You may even have a chance to meet them personally and learn about their working process, inspirations and new projects. On our Fashion tour you will discover local fashion and jewelery designers and learn more about the Turkish fashion scene. The tour, led by a local fashion designer, Asu Aksu gives you an insider view to the world of designers and is sure to leave you inspired.

Some of the designers we might visit are:

Özlem AhıakınZeynep Erdoğan, Ayşe Deniz Yeğin, Asu Aksu as well as the collaborative designers showroom Room Teşvikiye.


Discover the Turkish art scene with Istanbulite!

With several new exhibitions opening up every month, Istanbul now holds a strong place on the international contemporary art market. Today many Turkish galleries and artists are recognized around the world, exhibiting ground breaking works and participating at international art fairs. 

Beyoğlu district, the heart of the city, is home to creativity. Many artist studios, design boutiques and galleries reside in this district. Spend half a day with a local Turkish artist and walk through the neighborhoods of Cihangir, Karaköy and Tophane visiting several exhibitions.  

Our Contemporary Art Walk, led by Seza Bali, will start with a cup of Turkish coffee with a brief explanation of the art scene. After visiting the galleries we will end our tour with a delicious lunch at Karaköy Lokantası.

Please note that this tour is not available on Sundays and Mondays.

To read more about the Turkish art scene and the up-and-coming Karaköy neighborhood, check out these articles:

The Istanbul Art-Boom Bubble, New York Times

In Istanbul, a Spray of Style, New York Times

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Congratulations to Istanbul! Tripadvisor users have verified what we already knew.

Istanbul was chosen as the number one destination to visit in the world. This city is the most beautiful one in the world and one of the most exciting ones to visit due to its historical monuments, dynamic vibe and young spirit.