Istanbul, Turkey

West Hidden in East Tour

with Güney K.

Güney K.

Especially after Gezi Protests, foreigners seemed to notice something clearly: Istanbul is neither West nor East.

It is virtually so East and so West that sometimes even Turks get surprised. This, for a contrast lover like me, is a bona fide treasure.

With this tour, I'll show you around in my favorite spot in Istanbul: Tophane.

With the information I'll give you and art scene, food, cafes, sisha places and architecture you'll be exposed, you'll gain pretty much a very healthy perspective on this city and eventually, the country.

This won't be a tiring tour. It will just be mind-blowing if you're interested in Istanbul.

-Art galleries
-2 cafes/patisseries
-1-2 sisha places (special coffee that you won't be offered in touristic spots, on me!)
-A walk tour around the neighborhood
-Street food
-Backstreets
-Chat on Anatolians. (that's my response to 'Do you feel European or Middle Eastern?' question. I feel Anatolian.)

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$35
per person
for 4 hours


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Güney K.

I am currently a student and doing my major on Comparative Literature. What I'm good at apart from books is basically organizing events, making things come together and making sure everything runs smoothly. I guess this is the case because I'm good at communication. I know how to handle people from different walks of life. On top of that, I love showing "1st"anbul to people. I've already had millions of foreigner friends who visit me every now and then. Art, history, nightlife and most importantly, distinctive energy of 1stanbul made me love this city the moment my brain started perceiving things. A Brazilian friend of mine said: "Dude, you don't choose Istanbul. Istanbul chooses you." I'm not of a person to rely on quotations. However, this one does reflect my point of view: "The person I haven't met is a book I haven't read." Full profile Leave a Review


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