Istanbul

Tips and Articles in Istanbul

Gypsy mackerel and fresh walnuts are in season when I arrive in Istanbul. As my plane rattles along the runway I flash back to the most bewitching meal of my life: breakfast on an Istanbul commuter ferry. A single cucumber and a fistful of olives....
Ever dreamt of sailing the Neva to visit the czars' summer palace?Or cruising the Rhine, stopping for tastings at vineyards all along the way?Somewhere between traveling by land and by sea lies a blissful medium. It's now possible to sail Europe's...
Q: Can you suggest an easy long-weekend getaway spot on the East Coast with an old-world feel? —Ron Wilensky, Orlando, Fla. A: Here are three small towns that offer history and local charm. In New York’s Finger Lakes region, Skaneateles’s downtow...
See our slideshow of Great Affordable City Hotels. What would you expect to pay for accommodations in a palatial, elegantly decorated suite in one of London’s most famously posh neighborhoods?One that occupies an entire floor of a regal Victorian...
Rome The Tour Food and Fun. Perfect For Gourmands. Highlights You’ll sample handmade salami at the 139-year-old Volpetti via della Scrofa delicatessen; fresh fish at Testaccio, a lively open-air market; and pizza bianca made at the Roscioli baker...
Asmalimescit, part of Istanbul’s central Beyog?lu borough, reached a peak of glamour and sophistication in the 1920’s, but became rundown in the ensuing decades. Now it’s in the midst of a colorful renaissance. Lively restaurants and music venues ...
Nisantasi Gonul Paksoy A favored destination for Japanese royalty and Gulf princesses, this boutique—named for its owner—sells peerless, one-of-a-kind dresses inspired by Dervish silhouettes. Made from refined, antique Ottoman-era cloth, Gonul’s...
See our slideshow of Europe’s Top Family Run Restaurants. Running a restaurant is truly a labor of love, so it only makes sense that some of Europe’s purest and most soulful dishes come from a family hearth. Fortunately, of course, kin cooking is...
The ancient capital of Byzantium has been a magnet for dealers selling kilims—tribal flat-weave rugs with vibrant geometric patterns—since the days of Alexander the Great. Hunting in the shadow of the Blue Mosque, while muezzins issue their call t...
I was going to Istanbul, and I wanted to visit a real Turkish bath, the kind Ingres painted in his Orientalist cheesecake fantasy, Le Bain Turque; the kind that intrepid 18th-century traveler Lady Mary Wortley Montagu wrote about in her letters fr...
Here, five new properties to shake up Europe's hotel scene. BRIGHTON The 71-room Alias Hotel Seattle (Brighton Marina, England; 44-1273/679-799; www.aliasseattle.com; doubles from $170) brings crisp modernity to the hip Brighton Marina. Rooms ...
Living up to its moniker Istancool, Turkey's capital has a trio of stylish new places to stay. Channel your inner sultan at Hôtel Les Ottomans (68 Muallim Naci Cad.; 90-212/359-1500; lesottomans.com; doubles from $1,641), where there's enough shim...
World music just got a lot more sultry with the release of "City Series: The Sex, the City, the Music." The CD collection, created by Sydney-based Petrol Records (www.petrolrecords.org), features top indigenous dance music and global grooves from ...
VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, gilded mirrors, boldly graphic wallpaper, and ch...
Quadrant by quadrant, proceeding counterclockwise for a decade, artisans on 180-foot scaffolds have been resurfacing the domed ceiling at Hagia Sophia. Its mosaics of saints, in millions of glass tesserae fused with gold, have been applied and rea...