Istanbul like you’ve never seen it before

No matter how well you know the city, you’ll be amazed by these photos.

For an entirely new perspective on Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks, head over to Aydın Büyüktaş’ mind-bending photography website or Instagram. The visual effects artist from Ankara moved to Istanbul after dropping out of a Tourism degree university course and ventured into photography, 3D effects and animation.

His Flatland series allow us to experience the density of Istanbul in an almost nauseating way. Dreamlike cityscapes bend and twist around the horizon, completely ignoring the laws of physics. His aesthetics call to mind the famous dream manipulation scenes of Inception, the Christopher Nolan movie that successfully set new visual standards and paved the way for Gravity among others.

Dive in and see Istanbul the way it’s maybe meant to be seen: a kaleidoscopic cluster of buildings that transcend reality.

All images courtesy of Aydın Büyüktaş,

7 questions for street style photographer Emircan Soksan

SPOT: His passion for people with striking outfits and effortless grace turned into a full-time occupation and brought him as far as New York, Milan and Paris already, but today we want to know all about Emircan Soksan’s Istanbul favorites.

Best neighborhood to live in Istanbul?
Kalamış on the Asian side, Emirgan on the European side.

Best bar or club?
For a casual night out with friends: Geyik in Cihangir or Alex’in Yeri in Asmalı Mescit, for special occasion Mikla on top of Marmara Pera Hotel. For dancing the night away, the best clubs are Indigo and Gizli Bahçe.

What’s your favorite place when hungover?
Wherever i can have the best homemade burger! Nowadays my favorites are Dün in Moda and Burger Lab in Karaköy.

Best gallery?
One of the gallery that always inspires me is Arter in Beyoğlu. A recent favorite is newly opened The Pill in Balat.

Favorite local artist or designer:
Candaş Şişman, who does incredible installations, mapping and video projects, and Refik Anadol, who does a lot of multi-media site-specific art.

Best view point?
Public spot: The campus of Bosphorus University from where you can overlook the northern shores of the Bosphorus. And Topaz Restaurant in Beyoğlu offers insanely beautiful views on the Bosphorus Bridge and Üsküdar over on the Asian side.

What do you miss most about Istanbul when you’re traveling?
The variety of delicious food and the city skyline.

Follow Emircan on Instagram @emircansoksan or check out his blog at
All images courtesy of Emircan Soksan.

Istanbul’s hottest DJs right now

These three local beat authorities will make you dance until dawn

If smooth deep house is what you’re after, Kerem Önger serves you an irresistible mix of fine tunes at the upscale restobar Madeo in Karaköy. Rub shoulders with the city’s well-heeled party crowd underneath mirrored ceilings and crystal chandeliers.


Izmir-born DJ and producer Doruk Güralp is known to rump-shaking locals as a member of the Lust DJ team that bestowed many sweaty trap and hip hop nights onto us already. As a solo DJ, he works his way through house, techno, and electronic, always aiming for that atmospheric beat that keeps you dancing until dawn. Best enjoyed at Istanbul’s latest hotspot Klein in Harbiye.


Mr. Sür, the mastermind behind the now defunct Wake Up Call club in Taksim and the newly opened Hütte in Asmali Mescit, is providing his audience with crisp house and techno tunes at various clubs and bars around town, the nightlife institution Mini Müzikhol in Cihangir being just one of them. With a distinctive nod to Turkish classics, disco and world music woven into his super addictive sets, he never fails to surprise.


Why Moda is the place to be this weekend

The already popular neighborhood of Moda will be injected with an extra dose of urban cool, starting this weekend when Red Bull is taking its Art Around project to the hip Asian side district. The art festival that had left its colorful marks on Karaköy last year will now take on Moda as its next open air venue to showcase the interactive works of contemporary Turkish artists.

Curated by Amira Akbıyıkoğlu, the Red Bull Art Around Moda festival aims to open a dialogue between the urban texture of the popular district, its residents and visitors, and the fascinating site-specific art installations. Among the contributing artists are Onur Atay, Özge Topçu, Berk Çakmakçı, Hacer Kıroğlu, Plankton Project, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Esk Reyn, Cem Dinlenmiş, Nihat Karataşlı, İrem Günaydın and Lara Ögel.

Works range from murals to sculptures, sound installations and performances, with each participating artist interpreting and intervening via their specific medium. Akbıyıkoğlu herself will give guided tours through the neighborhood. Get ready to discover a whole new side of Moda!

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New opening: Hütte

When the popular and very well programmed Istanbul club Wake Up Call closed its doors forever due to extensive renovations in their building, they not only left a big gap in the city’s nightlife but also left their founders with a lot of time and energy for new projects.

One of these has now actualized itself in the space formerly occupied by Umumi in Asmalı Mescit. Amidst rustic interior, open brick walls, wood paneling and an impressive mounted ibex on the wall, Hütte serves eclectic tunes by local and international DJs. Their motto “Tanz, Liebe, Schabernack” translates to “dance, love, shenanigans”, and with a backdrop of deep house and tech house the bar is a second home to many of the city’s flamboyant nightlife fixtures and long-standing DJs and producers. When bar-hopping in Asmalı Mescit, this spot should definitely be in your list!