If you find yourself wondering around Şişhane with some extra time on your hands, a visit to the two current exhibitions hosted in this charming old part of Istanbul could instantly refresh your thoughts in an intriguing way. They are both very different in style and expression, yet equally inspiring in their own ways.
Istanbul has been enjoying the fame of a glorious shopping city since time immemorial. Jewellery, leather, gold, spices, fabrics and clothes have been attracting shopping enthusiasts from all over the world for decades and centuries. No matter how well travelled you are, the vivid sights and sounds of the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Bazaar will long stay with you, as their centuries long charm enchants everyone.
Over the previous three weeks, a festival of street art and graffiti Mural Istanbul https://www.instagram.com/muralistanbul/ has taken place in several different locations around Kadiköy.
Organized for the first time in 2012 as the first festival of its kind in Turkey, it has turned into an event that has adorned many walls with striking wall art, and made news all across the street art community worldwide.