• Where to find us this week end? Café Babel's guide to Istanbul'un hafta sonlarisi

    By on March 10, 2016

    Sometimes the (self)-(r)evolution is just around the corner - could it actually be this week end? Insights of a week end in Istanbul.

  • Mustang: Five Sisters Against the World

    By on Jan. 15, 2016

    Franco-Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven first presented a preview of her debut film Mustang at the Institut Français d’Istanbul on the 20th of October 2015. Now, it has been nominated for the 2016 Oscars for best foreign language film. It is powerful, troubling, engaging, feminist, and above all infused with hope.

  • The Political Signifance of the Turkish Moustache

    By on Nov. 26, 2015

    There is one thing that seems to never go out of style in Turkish men fashion: facial hair. But here, the moustache is not just a fashion accessory! The symbolism of a particular moustache style is powerful to an extent that an unknowing foreigner would never guess. With a moustache, men can express their political preferences. An interesting phenomenon worth taking a look at!

  • Dutch PEGIDA leader wants people to stop eating kebab

    By on Nov. 16, 2015

    My Turkish friend urged me to write an article about the recent Pegida demonstrations in The Netherlands. The news about how Pegida leader, Edwin Utrecht, encourages his fellow Dutch man to stop eating kebab and boycott Turkey as a holiday destination reached all the way to Turkey. Who is Pegida and what do they want to accomplish? 

  • Mike tries for you: hitchhiking from Turkey to Greece!

    By on Nov. 8, 2015

    The category ‘Mike tried for you’ will show you around the Istanbulian jungle. Two weeks ago, our Mike went on a trip to Greece. Mike loves exploring new places, whether these are restaurants, cafés, cities or countries. This time, Mike tried out for you to hitchhike from Istanbul to Thessaloniki! 

  • How to Survive as a Vegetarian in Turkey  

    By on Oct. 28, 2015

    During my Erasmus semester in Istanbul, I grew to love Turkish cuisine. Turkey has a reputation of being a meat-loving country – and it is! – but many people don’t know that it can be a great place for vegetarians too. My experience as a vegetarian in Istanbul have led me to discover some spectacular meat-free Turkish foods.

  • Karaköy'ün Sırrı

    By on Oct. 20, 2015

    Karaköy Limanı ve Galata çok çok uzun yıllardır farklı bölgelerden ve farklı kültürlerden gelen insanlara ev sahipliği yapmış ve onların hikayelerini saklamıştır. Karaköy’de yer alan dört çatı kilisesi ve lojmanların müdavimleri de bu hikayelerin bir kısmını saklamaya devam ediyor. 

  •  ‘I am not writing an article about football!’

    By on Oct. 18, 2015

    A few weeks ago, during Cafebabel’s first meeting, many topics to write about were discussed. It being a popular topic among European and Turkish youngsters, one of them was football. Someone suggested that the article should be written by a girl. Because that would be fun, it was said. I tried to warn them: ‘I am not going to write an article about football!’, but with no success.

  • [Know how to] succeed in finding your Couchsurfing host in Istanbul

    By on Oct. 17, 2015

    If you want to have every chance to succeed in finding the temporary home of your dream on couchsurfing, you will have to follow scrupulously a few basic rules.

  • Cafébabel Istanbul'a hoşgeldiniz!

    By on Oct. 15, 2015

    Two weeks ago cafébabel Istanbul appeared in your Facebook timelines, promising you access to off-beat and critical information starting from October 15th. This long awaited baby, the city blog, is born today. But what exactly is cafébabel Istanbul? Why and how was this project created?