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The Scene spent the day in Istanbul with fashion designer Hussein Chalayan. Do you have a favorite hangout in the Turkish city? Send us your suggestions and read your comments below.

• From: D. Alexander; Istanbul
• Posted: Jan 18, 2007
• Comment:
These days are exciting times to be living in Istanbul. The dynamic nature of the place and warm, wonderful people lend to a very interesting and rewarding lifestyle.

I enjoyed reading your piece on Hussein Chalayan. He is truly an innovative genius. He is remarkable not just because he stands out as a Turkish designer, but also because he is a leader and inspiration in the fashion industry. His contemporaries are the likes of Alexander McQueeen, JP Gaultier and Junya Watanabe - forward and avant-garde. Look out for him in the years to come!

The fashion world here definitely holds him in high regard. As well, some of his influences can be felt on the street. To see what types of fashions people are wearing these days here in Istanbul, visit: http://www.istanbulstreetstyle.com

• From: pinar barkan; ankara, Turkey
• Posted: Dec 2, 2006
• Comment:
I might be a Turkish citizen, but I've spent my 5 year childhood period in the U.S.A..Combining the American culture with the Turkish culture helped me think, in a way, international and open-minded. That's why I have both an american and a Turkish side...I love Istanbul, actually I'm in love with Istanbul!It's a very unique and special city. It's a city that never ever sleeps(as it's thought of New York). It's a city that gathers up tons of people, tons of culture, tons of opinion...You can both live the Turkish fact and the european fact. It sort of has the antagonism of yin and yang.Tradition and modernity...Black and white...The underground scene Taksim and Beyoglu...The trendy and modern side Kadıköy...The mosques and the churchs...I advice you to see Istanbul.I know Istanbul for 20 years, but I still can't find a name for that magic and beauty. Maybe you can figure what kind of a spell it has...

• From: alem alem; Istanbul, Turkey
• Posted: Nov 12, 2006
• Comment:
Istanbul, the capitol of 3 empires.... It is not just a city, it's a world in itself. See it here:
http://www.pbase.com/alem/istanbul
Go visit it and enjoy it!

• From: gültekin; İstanbul
• Posted: Oct 5, 2006
• Comment:
İstanbul is really a "must" for all travellers. One thing to note though; as most of the commenters have referred to; It is, "Istanbul NOT Constantinople" Mr. Cağlayan. Remember the song?

• From: Dennis; San Francisco
• Posted: June 9, 2006
• Comment:
Istanbul is the best city in the world. It has NYC's energy (I am a native Brooklyner) with San Francisco's beauty. Istanbul doesn't sleep and the views of the Bosphorous sea are simply dazzling. Put a visit to Istanbul on your life's "To Do" list!

• From: Adnan; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Posted: June 1, 2006
• Comment:
Well, I must go there again definitly to catch missed places in Istanbul. 2 days ago I came back from Istanbul, been there for 8 days, and it is definitly not enough to catch it all...if u plan to go there, make a plan of 20 days at least ;)))

• From: Hayal; San Francisco, CA
• Posted: May 8, 2006
• Comment:
Istanbul is an amazing city. Its east meets west, modern meets traditional....Its much more beautiful than any European city I've ever been to, and the people and food are fantastic!! A must see in this lifetime. The Bosphorus, bazaars, mosques, quaint streets, amazing shopping, delicious food...try them all!!

• From: Kyle Kenton; Canada
• Posted: May 8, 2006
• Comment:
Has to be one of the most underrated cities in the world. We were there for 17 days and at the end of every day, we lived life to its maximum taste, love, desire and passion. When I can afford it, I will be visiting very soon.

• From: Ceyhun; Istanbul
• Posted: May 4, 2006
• Comment:
Istanbul looks a small world. there are a lot of nations's people in the city. Istanbul's population is 12million. You must visit Istanbul.

• From: Isil Dogay Jones; Dallas, Texas/Istanbul, Turkey
• Posted: May 2, 2006
• Comment:
Tourists should also consider the modern city as much as the historical district. Nisantasi (Sisli district) has greet cafes and clubs, you can enjoy real western joy after a day in the old oriental part of the city. Bosphorus area's Ortakoy has also an amazing wiev and nightlife, if you get a chance watch Ferhat Gocer live (He's genius). Also the malls are great, leave half of your credit cards in the hotel safe :).

• From: Onur; Istanbul
• Posted: May 2, 2006
• Comment:
i have not seen a beautiful city like istanbul. in addition istanbul is the only city on the world which connect the two continent Asia and Europa

• From: Curtis; Los Angeles
• Posted: Apr. 28, 2006
• Comment:
The most amazing city I've ever seen... history, nature, and social life was awesome.. don't forget to check out the clubs Ortakoy, Bosphorus. You'll love it.

• From: Unal Sakoglu; U.S.
• Posted:
Apr. 28, 2006
• Comment: Words are not enough to describe the beauty and mystery of Istanbul. I think that the top of Galata Tower is the best spot to see the city 360. Bosphorus tour with ferry is a 'must'.

• From: Jude; Swansea, UK
• Posted: Apr. 27, 2006
• Comment:
Go to the Cicek Pasaji (pronounced Chichek Pasaje) for a great evening meal and atmosphere...always warm, friendly and good value...or a fish restaurant in Bebek or Sariyer overlooking the Bosphorus night lights...superb...going back at the end of this month!

• From: Gokhan; Istanbul
• Posted: Apr. 27, 2006
• Comment:
I live istanbul and i love istanbul i can't live anywhere.

• From: Ahmet ; Taipei, Taiwan
• Posted: Apr. 25, 2006
• Comment:
Every cities has own smelling , Istanbul has spicy and algae mixed smellings go and see how looks like greetings from Taipei to Istanbul I missed you my city

• From: Kemal; Geneva, Switzerland
• Posted: Apr. 25, 2006
• Comment:
The Galata tower has an amazing view of the city. A must (as far as I am concerned)... going on the 'Kiz Kulesi' with a boat (5 minutes) is also cool. Know the island with one one olf building on it in the James Bond with Sophie Marceau... Best tip: go their, get lost, meditate, find yourself.Ha, one more thing: drink water from bottle too.

• From: Bahadir; Texas
• Posted: Apr. 17, 2006
• Comment:
Ships that cross the Bosphorus

• From: Arif, Adana, Turkey
• Posted: Apr. 10, 2006
• Comment:
adana is very good city. i like it very much. yes i really like. i like.

• From: Frank Ayata; Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S.
• Posted: Mar. 28, 2006
• Comment:
Istanbul... words are not enough to illustrate the beauty of the city. The unity of civilizations, unity of times igtites in Istanbul.

• From: Rosemary Butler; Scotland
• Posted: Mar. 23, 2006
• Comment:
istanbul...the best city in the world!modern as a european city but much more beautiful than any one of it!mixes amazingly past and present and future!amazing to walk on the same way with constantine,justinianus and the others.one should see istanbul before he dies!!

• From: Aysegul Uysal; Adana
• Posted: Mar. 23, 2006
• Comment:
istanbul,one of the most splendid cities in the world.(i have been to some such as london,paris,birstol,manchester,budapest..)you are totally enchanted when you are in istanbul.past hugs future.modern and antique,amazing and wonderful,iwth friendly people manybe the best palce for holiday.also amazingly beautiful mediterranean climate

• From: Akif Unal; Toronto
• Posted: Mar. 23, 2006
• Comment:
By far the best and the most authentic city in the world

• From: Ilhan; London
• Posted: Mar. 20, 2006
• Comment:
i think istanbul is international city and democratic country and muslim country very nice country

• From: Elvan; France
• Posted: Mar. 8, 2006
• Comment:
Istanbul ankara izmir antalya.. every city of Turkiye has a unique beauty..

• From: Ilyas; Atlanta
• Posted: Mar. 6, 2006
• Comment:
What a good city ISTANBUL. Every part of ISTANBUL smells history. You can go Europe and Asia Continent at the same time in Istanbul. Ayasofya, Dolmabahce, and Extremely Beautiful Bosporus all of them are in ISTANBUL. It is not too late to visit...

• From: Berna; New Jersey
• Posted: Mar. 3, 2006
• Comment:
it is so nice and historical city Everybady should visit Istanbul..Turkish people are very kind.There are a lot of good restraunt and good taste...

• From: Leticia Ortiz; Monterrey, Mexico
• Posted: Mar. 3, 2006
• Comment:
I love Istanbul so nice place

• From: Bedirhan; Turkey
• Posted: Mar. 3, 2006
• Comment:
"Enjoying the taste of Istanbul..." Sounds good? So, this is the right place you are looking for!

• From: Deniz Sevki Kayabay; Istanbul
• Posted: Feb. 15, 2006
• Comment:
Besides the wonderful historic features of Istanbul, one thing may also attract people to her. Istanbul is a heaven for shopping. Not only oriental values but the newest technologies and gadgets are to be found all around as well as textile with quality.

• From: Ann Uysal; Istanbul
• Posted: Feb. 15, 2006
• Comment:
Corrections & additions:

AyaSofya should be written as Haghia Sophia

The Blue Mosque's proper name is Sultanahmet Mosque.

5.inci Kat (5th Floor) is a favorite gay hangout, which might be worth pointing out

Photo #3 shows Suleimaniye Mosque from the 16th century not the Blue Mosque

Photo 4 misspelling of Bosphorus.

Favorite Hangout: Symrna Cafe in Cihangir/Beyoglu

LebiDerya - Kumbaraci Yokusu, Beyoglu

• From: Carolina; Tucson, AZ
• Posted: Feb. 15, 2006
• Comment:
Don't forget day trips to the Princess Islands and the wonderful street vendors with offers of what to Americans might be considered fajita burritos, but are way better!

• From: Serdar; MA
• Posted: Feb. 15, 2006
• Comment:
Not a bad description of Istanbul, although many more could be added such as Dolmabahce Palace etc. But only one mistake I felt I need to correct is that Galata Bridge does not link Europe and Asia. It is Bosphorus or Fatih Bridge. Thank you...

• From: Hakan Boyraz; U.S.
• Posted: Feb. 15, 2006
• Comment:
Ayasofya was a chuch during Byzantium, then it was a mosque during Ottoman Empire and currently it is a museum not a church or mosque.

• From: Hakan Boyraz; U.S.
• Posted: Feb. 15, 2006
• Comment:
Ayasofya was a chuch during Byzantium, then it was a mosque during Ottoman Empire and currently it is a museum not a church or mosque.

• From: Bernie Stone; Kansas
• Posted: Feb. 15, 2006
• Comment:
Hagia Sophia not a must see??? This list is flawed.

• From: Dale Jackson; Montgomery, Alabama
• Posted: Feb. 15, 2006
• Comment:
Was very informative.I lived in Istanbul for 2 years while working on the new American Consulate and have been to all the places mentioned. My wife would live there the rest of her life. The people are very friendly also

• From: Linda K Cingilli
• Posted: Feb. 14, 2006
• Comment:
I noticed that you didn't mention Dolmabahce Palace or Sulemaniye Camii as places to see. I have been to Istanbul 4 times and am planning my fifth trip for 2007. I think these places ARE Istanbul and visitors should be aware of them. I agree with the addition of Haci Abdullah to your places to eat. I think it is a great place to eat.



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