Gaye Cevikel's Istanbul
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Moving through time, from the historical artistic references of the Ottoman Empire to today's progressive and international urban lifestyle, we take our readers on a unique journey through the buzzing streets of enchanting Istanbul. A modern yet traditional place, Turkey’s largest city comes under the spotlight in our second edition of City Barometer, bringing you a curated sneak peek of what this unique metropolis has to offer.

And to match the vibrancy of this intense place, who better than Gaye Cevikel, founder and CEO of award-winning design house Gaia&Gino, to share with Esensual Living what she loves about living in Istanbul — or “Istancool”, as she puts it? “I love chaos and Istanbul is chaotic and unpredictable. It’s full of surprises. I love the view and different colours on the Bosphorus every morning, I love Begonvilles every spring, and the snow in my garden,” says the designer. “I love to look at Galata Tower at sun set, the view of golden horn from Pierre Loti, the small fish restaurants in Anadolu Kavagi...” Read on for more of her treasured Istanbul hotspots.

EL Describe life in Istanbul?

GC I love chaos and Istanbul is chaotic and unpredictable. It’s full of surprises. I love the view and different colours on the Bosphorus every morning, I love Begonvilles every spring, and the snow in my garden. In summer, I escape to Princess Island to unwind.

EL Your favourite view of the City?

GC I love to look at Galata Tower at sun set, the view of golden horn from Pierre Loti, the small fish restaurants in Anadolu Kavagi.

EL What is your life philosophy ?

GC Have fun in whatever you do!

EL What are you reading at the moment?

GC Sunset Park by Paul Auster

EL What is luxury to you ?

GC Today, this moment.

EL What can’t you live without ?

GC A piece of bread.

 

“ I FIND INSPIRATION FOR MY WORK FROM PEOPLE ”

 

EL What are your beauty and well being rituals ?

GC Manicure every week, pedicure every two weeks, blow dry twice a week, facial every month, highlights every 6 months.

EL Your home esensuals ?

GC Beautiful white linens such as the Venise bed linen from Turpault, scented candles by WOO, soft white towels.

EL Where do you find inspiration from for your work ?

GC From people

EL Your three Essentials for a desert island ?

GC Sun cream, lip balm, and a lover

EL If life could resemble any film ?

GC Sliding Doors. A film by Peter Howitt. It illustrates the importance of making choices in life and how circumstances sometimes decide for you. 

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Gaye Cevikel
Courtesy of Gaia&Gino
 
CITY GUIDE - ISTANBUL
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Emek Kafe
 

BREAKFAST

Emek Kafe in the beautiful neighborhood of Yeniköy. This is one of the oldest traditional Café by the Bosphorus. My favourite dish is their scrambled egg with turkish sausage.

Köybasi Cd Daire SK n°17/1, Yeniköy, Sarryier, Istanbul 

 

LUNCH

Ioki sushi in Istinye. For me, the best sushi in Istanbul.

www.ioki.com.tr

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Ioki Sushi
 
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Changa
 

DINNER

Changa in Taksim, I love the owners, the interiors, the food, the location, and the service !

www.changa-istanbul.com/

 

CAFÉ

Molka Cafe in Yeniköy. I go there for the unpretentious atmosphere, lovely food and people.

www.molkacafe.com

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Molka café
 
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museum
 

MUSEUM

It is a magic place with exceptional 13th century Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. A cultural must. 

 

GALERI NEV

One of the first contemporary art galleries in town and, for me, one of the best. 

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arzukaprol
 

BOUTIQUE

Beautiful clothes I love and a great space extremely well designed. Both contribute to a lovely shopping experience.

www.arzukaprol.com

 

BAR

The bar of vogue restaurant in Akaretler. I love the view, decoration and the cocktails are amazing !

www.louisiana.dk

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Louisiana
 
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FLOWER SHOP

In the 'Grid Vase' designed by Jaime Hayon for Gaia&Gino is my favorite flower, the Black Cala. Ceremony, run by the super creative Irem, is my favorite flower shop.

www.ceremony.com

 

HOTEL

I go there for the incredible service, the decoration, the view, the pool. They also have a wonderful Spa.

www.swissotelliving.com

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Swiss hotel living
 
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Pasafirini
 

PATISSERIE

Pasafirini in Yeniköy by the Bosphorus for their dark chocolate and pistachios
Location : Gul Hatmi Sokak N°6, Yeniköy, Istambul

 

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