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ISTANBUL

CANER GOZUBUYUKOGULLARI

Caner Gozubuykogullari is an advertising and marketing professional based in Istanbul. With a wealth of experience in global and local brands' creative campaigns, copywriting and guerilla marketing, he now works as a self-employed senior copywriter. According to him, writing is a passion, photography is an obsession and humanity is religion. He loves photography, music and art.

Straddling Europe and Asia,  the city of Istanbul is the economic, historic and cultural centre of Turkey, offering a unique blend of 'east meets west'. But, as one  of Europe's most populous cities, Istanbul is one busy place.

We asked Caner to filter out  some of his favourite places in the city...

DEFORM MUSIC

Analogue pleasures in the digital age

"If you feel a slight desire to listen to records, you are still not a slave to digital music. DeForm Music is one of  the rare representatives of a world full of records on a  city view street. A special store where you can  stop and take a breath while exploring Çukurcuma neighborhood."

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SETÜSTÜ AREA

Hey babe, take a walk on the sea side

"Setüstü is a special area. It offers a different Istanbul atmosphere with its own cafés and restaurants, parallel to the coastal road that overlooks the Bosphorus. Walking here and drinking a coffee with a sea view definitely relaxes you and feels good."

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URBAN

Good things in Urban life

"Daytime café, nighttime bar. On a hot summer's day you can protect yourself from the sun under the ivy and sip your cold drink. It will give you the concept of  a street bar with its tables spread all over the street. It is also a good urban point to meet local people and chat."

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SALT

Architecturally great!

"SALT explores critical and timely issues in research and experimental thinking. SALT aims to challenge, excite and provoke its visitors. You should check their program and see new exhibitions."

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KRONOTROP COFFEE BAR & ROASTERY

A specialty for coffee

"A nice coffee shop with small but good coffee. They roast their own coffee and offer it in the best way. Trying espresso or Turkish coffee here is the best. You can have a nice coffee here and discover the old  buildings and architecture in this area."

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Follow Caner on Instagram:

@canergozubuyuk

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