7 Design lessons we can learn from Istanbul – Be creative

Lesson 7 – Just be creative

Each time I come to Istanbul I have my own favourite spots to eat or have drinks but I also love discovering new places that never disappoint. In the past years the central area of Istanbul has been filled with boutique designer shops, hip bars and restaurants, underground electro clubs that show you a different side of Turkey, not just of Istanbul.

It proves the great creativity of this people, the Western influence adapted to their own style, the explosion of new artists that this decade has to offer.

There’s no need for recommendation, just leave Istiklal street and lose yourself on the streets around it. You’ll discover the real design right there.


Nikol Galata coffee shop, best hot chocolate in town


Zencefil cafe and restaurant, a real feast for a vegetarian like me

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Rules are made to be broken and lessons to be forgotten. What I’ve learned from this amazing city is that there is one way to stand out from a population of almost 20 million – just be authentic, be creative, be unique.