The most interesting neighborhood to visit in Istanbul is Tarlabasi. It is being gentrified fast, and much of its former charm will soon have vanished…
Hip, underground Turkish music means Kolsuz Kahraman Wang Yu. This guy’s music provides satirical humor on nationalists and Islamists by mixing Anatolian Turkish Rock from the 1970s and 80s with old school Turkish cinema.
For an interesting foray into the world of contemporary Turkish Literature, check out Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s quirky new museum based on his 2008 novel, “The Museum of Innocence.” (Visit it here.)
Turkey’s most nuanced and artistic director is Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Check out his “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” co-winner of the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Consistently voted one of the best restaurant’s in the city, Istanbul’s culinary shrine Çiya Sofrasi (visit here) is an essential Istanbul experience if you find yourself in Kadiköy.