Hi, I’m Elif


Hi, I’m Elif

I’ve lived in Istanbul for 27 years

I speak English

I am Historian


Hey there! I'm Elif, your friendly local host here in the heart of Istanbul. Istanbul holds a special place in my heart, especially for its vibrant street food scene – those inventive and mouthwatering recipes never fail to surprise and delight me. When I'm not busy exploring the city's hidden gems, you can find me cruising down the Bosphorus on a ferry, soaking in the breathtaking views. And as the night falls, you'll likely catch me at a milonga, losing myself in the rhythm of the dance amidst the lively neighborhoods of Beyoğlu, Fatih, Üsküdar, Kadıköy, and Şişli. I'm your go-to for everything from its rich history to the trendiest rooftop bars and restaurants. Whether you need tips on navigating the city or want to dive into inspiring architecture, I've got you covered. So, let's make your Istanbul experience unforgettable – together!

My knowledge & interests

Hosts graduation History Hosts expertise Food Hosts expertise Arts Hosts expertise History Hosts expertise Architecture Hosts expertise Culture & customs Hosts expertise Music
Street food Local cuisine Desserts Food markets Fine dining Unique & unusual foods Cinema Art galleries & museums Street art Parks Gardens Scenic routes Political history Economic history Social history Architectural history Religious history Cityscape photography Street photography Modern architecture Classical architecture Wine Third wave coffee Local beers Artisanal tea High-end fashion boutiques Department stores Vintage shops Street markets Handicrafts & souvenirs Traditional culture Popular culture Religious customs Lifestyle culture Rituals & ceremonial customs Alternative or underground culture Gourmet food Vegetarian food Vegan food Local speciality drinks Traditional drinks Japanese sake Painting Sculpture Traditional art Folk art Indigenous art Contemporary art Art history Bookstores Music stores Antique shops Post-modern architecture Gothic architecture Baroque architecture Ottoman architecture Ethnic culture Pop music Rock music Traditional music Folk music Electronic music Hip-hop

Experiences I love to host