A school of schools

The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial which has been organized by The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts( İKSV) since 1987, will be activated at 6 different influential cultural institution venues which includes , Akbank Sanat, Yapı Kredi Kültür Sanat, Arter, Pera Museum, SALT Galata and Studio-X Istanbul all located within walking distance of The House Hotel Karakoy.

The opening program A school of schools : Orientation, will be held from 22 September to 4 November 2018, and will see practitioners, educators and thinkers from Turkey and around the world converge for a biennial conceived as a public space for dialogue, provocation and production. The Istanbul Biennial prefers an exhibition model that enables a dialogue between artists and the audience through the work of the artists instead of a national representation model.

The most comprehensive international art exhibition organized both in Turkey and throughout the geographical sphere, the Biennial plays an important role in the promotion of contemporary artists not only from Turkey but also from a number of different countries in the international arena.

Hayata Sarıl Restaurant

Hayata Sarıl Association was established for people who are homeless and disregarded by society. Hayata Sarıl Association’s first project is Hayata Sarıl Lokantası, which reached out to the homeless and marginalized individuals and psychological as well as employment support is provided. In addition, every evening they give free dinner service to their guests who live on the street. The House Hotel Karaköy welcomes Hayata Sarıl Restaurant’s team to prepare together lunch and dinner at the Kasa Roof Lounge on Tuesday, February 6th. We look forward to seeing you at The House Hotel Karaköy.

Table for one, dining solo in İstanbul!

Where to eat alone in Istanbul?

You’re on a business trip in Istanbul, hungry and in possession of a company credit card!
But here is the dilemma – you want a decent meal, but you don’t want to sit in the middle of some buzzed-out restaurant hogging a whole table with only an iPhone for company.
What you need is a counter, preferably with a view or a bar or open kitchen, where you can drink your martini and have a taste of some amazing Turkish delicacies.
To give you a head start, we have selected for you the best places to dine solo….


Bomontiada is fast becoming an oasis of creative calm in the city. Probably one of its best features is Kilimanjaro, opened in January 2016. The restaurant’s concept comes from a jazz club the owners once visited, and as far as we’re concerned they’ve pulled off that sense of laid-back cool. With interiors designed by Istanbul’s Autoban studio and a menu based on seasonality and abundance, Kilimanjaro is the kind of place that will attract a dedicated following.

Duble Meze Bar

Through the narrow streets of Pera, the glittering views of the Golden Horn are stretched out before you. Duble, which adds a new interpretation to the concept of mezes, features two separate floors with a dining area and a lounge area. Duble resembles tapas restaurants in Barcelona with its 10 meter long bar on the right, wide wooden tables, and spacious atmosphere. The date and honey shakshuka, sea bass ceviche and samphire with crispy shrimp are both familiar and unusual. The half-baked raw meat entrecote served with oyster mushrooms can seduce anyone. For your first visit to Duble we recommend trying the smoked pepper borani with yogurt, pers rice, smoked grilled tongue served with mustard sauce and oyster mushrooms, and paçanga börek with goat cheese.

Ahali Teşvikiye

Ahali Tesvikiye, further revives one of our favorite neighborhoods. Whether you want to sit in the open kitchen where you can watch chefs on the preparation or if you prefer you may sit in the backyard … Ahali Tesvikiye, an appetizer bar, will present you with new interpretations of the pieces you are accustomed to in the 90s Turkish language songs. Are you looking for pink berry dusted eggplant dumplings, truffle meat pie, atom kokorec firing on wood fire … Ahali Tesvikiye will surprise you and make your feast.




Vibrant Neighbourhood Bomonti

Bomonti neighbourhood is a cosmopolitan area of the city where Armenians, Jews, and Greeks have historically dominated. It’s an area where you can find mosques, synagogues, and churches of all denominations a stone’s throw apart. Not only that, but here too are culinary specialists who have been perfecting their trades over generations, making it a foodie’s paradise.

Feriköy / Bomonti Organic Market is located next to The House Hotel and Residence Bomonti and Bomontiada. It runs every Saturday and, as its names suggests, only sells organic goods.  The market sells more that fruits and vegetables. They have opened their arms to all that is organic from dairy products, grains, beauty and cleaning products. The wide selection of entirely organic products has a growing community and like any good market. Like most markets there is a corner that sells delicious gözleme and freshly squeezed juice.  A flea  market is set up at the same location every Sunday.

Bomontiada, developed inside Bomonti’s Historic Brewery (Tarihi Bomonti Bira Fabrikası), Bomontiada offers a perfect mix of culture, art, music, and food – all under the same roof. A safe bet when it comes to live music and entertainment in Istanbul, Babylon has opened a new branch in Bomontiada.

Following the concept of ”gastropub”, The Populist has a wide choice of craft beers and appealing dishes. Another food spot is Kiva, where you can have Anatolian specialties for lunch and enjoy traditional meze in the night. If you feel like eating around the same table with different people and making new friends, Delimonti, with its Turkish food and a big ”community table”, is the place to go. For a relaxing break at any time of the day, Bookstore offers comfortable couches and a variety of coffee choices from early mornings to late nights. With its ”family size” portions and its preference for natural, local produce, Kilimanjaro is the new bar and restaurant project by Pozitif. When the evening comes, the atmosphere warms up with live DJ sets.  Art and design aficionados will find their meeting point at ATÖLYE İstanbul, the local branch of a global community of artists, designers, architects, and innovators in general.


Ai Weiwei on Porcelain

Ai Weiwei’s first exhibition in Turkey is opened at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Istanbul on 12 September 2017. Inspired by Turkey’s historic connections to China through the ‘Silk Road’, the exhibition, entitled ‘Ai Weiwei on Porcelain’, focuses on Ai Weiwei’s wide-ranging practice in the medium of porcelain.

The evolution of Ai Weiwei’s practice in porcelain is presented through the display of many of his iconic works in this material. Presenting a contemporary message through the language of traditional Chinese craft, Ai Weiwei’s art practice provides the viewer with a unique perspective on the paradoxes of our times. The exhibition features over 100 art works and span more than 40 years of Ai Weiwei’s practice. With its wide-ranging and extensive selection of porcelain artworks the exhibition offers visitors one of the most unique explorations into this singular artist’s work.

The exhibition runs from 12 September 2017 until 28 January 2018.
Source: Lisson Gallery

Is a good neighbour to much to ask for?

The 15th Istanbul Biennial, entitled a good neighbour and curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, opens to the public on September 16, 2017.

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) since 1987, the 15th Istanbul Biennial brings together more than 150 artworks by 56 artists from 32 countries, all addressing different notions of home, belonging and neighbourhood. The 15th Istanbul Biennial can be visited free of charge until November 12, 2017.
Elmgreen & Dragset: “The 15th edition of the Istanbul Biennial presents multiple artistic practices, which together become a tribute to diversity. Historical art positions and emerging ones compliment each other and offer a transhistorical continuity. Of the 56 participating artists, 30 have made new projects for the Biennial. a good neighbour can be experienced as an experiment in co-existence. Divergent and sometimes even conflicting statements exist side by side—for a while, they become neighbours—and function together by encouraging dialogue, reflection and continued discussion.”
The exhibition takes place in six nearby venues within walking distance:

  • Galata Greek Primary School
  • İstanbul Modern Museum
  • Pera Museum
  • Ark Kültür
  • Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam


Source: e-flux

These gadgets will make your life better in 2017

Our 3 favorite innovations, not just for travelling.


A super-smart wristband to measure your daily activities

We predict the Fitbit Blaze to become the next ultimate wearable after the Apple Watch. This handy (and stylish) piece of high-tech comes with an app and keeps track of your heart rate, daily activity and sleep patterns, alerts you about incoming texts, monitors your workouts and gives you detailed instructions how to improve your performance. All you need to do is get going…


An alarm clock that wakes you with your favorite smell

Rumor has it, some people can actually jump out of bed with the very first ring of their alarm-clock. If that sounds slightly suspicious to you, and if the snooze button is your best friend, you might want to switch from sound to scent this year. Instead of interrupting your slumber with rude noise, the compact Sensorwake alarm clock promises to gently wake you with your favorite scent. Whether that’s freshly brewed coffee or a bar of chocolate is entirely up to you.


In-ears to literally turn down the volume

Whether you’re tired of your desk neighbor yelling the latest gossip into their office phone or you cannot stand the sound of Friday evening traffic, Dubs in-ear plugs set out to improve your life by quietening down surrounding sounds. Instead of blocking noise, these miracle gadgets function as smart filters that reduce volume without affecting the quality of sounds.