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Istanbul
25hrs with Solardip
Electro-indie trio

Imagine tunes that are a ‘little wild’, a ‘little trash’. Solardip is just that, an electro-indie trio consisting of Yiğit Gürcihan, Emir Arkman and Duygu Aba whose stated aim is beyond four-to-the-floor head-bashing—they prefer the full-scale obliteration of your record players. Since 2009’s debut EP ‘Dip Inside’, Solardip have made waves with their cut n’ splice disco vibes in their hometown of Istanbul, and further afield too, with fests such as Serbia’s EXIT and Bulgaria’s Spirit of Burgas calling on their talent. Wild, trashy, pretty young things. Who better to take you on a tour of the ‘bul?

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    Tepebaşı is one of Beyoğlu’s up n’ coming areas with brand-new hotels, cool restaurants, chic boutiques and cafes constantly opening. Kauf is one of our favorite places there, especially with its charcuterie section—it’s got the best breakfast to help you through your hangover! Everything is fresh and so delicious. Then, make sure you do some grocery shopping there; they even wrap stuff in paper with a candyskull on it—pretty cool!

  • The House Cafe Caddebostan House Rules

    The Asian side of Istanbul is generally never included in guides, but since two of our members live on this side, we decided to include this part of the city with our favorite restaurant/cafe/bar; The House Cafe. It is by the sea, and after a shopping session on Bağdat Avenue, enjoying a cup of coffee with the Princes’ Islands view is simply the best.

  • Eleos Yeşilköy It's all greek

    One of our favorite restaurants is Eleos Yeşiköy, where, if you long for seafood, you won’t regret your visit. Yeşilköy is a small & warm neighbourhood with many restaurants but Eleos is a unique one—one you definitely must try. It’s a traditional Greek Restaurant specializing in fresh seafood, Greek appetizers, desserts and offers a charming atmosphere to boot. Don’t forget to try their delicious entrees.

  • Milk Gallery No use crying over spilt ink

    A stroll through Galata will take you through one of Istanbul’s historically most diverse neighborhoods, Yüksek Kaldırım. Milk Gallery, which exhibits a genre of works influenced by graffiti, street art, illustrations and comics is our favorite gallery of the ones that are located around here, with great monthly exhibits.

  • Indigo Weekend staple

    Clubs are always opening and closing in Istanbul but Indigo, one of the oldest, is the one that holds the most meaning for us. We’ve both played gigs there and had many incredible nights partying there since 2004—particularly in our university days! On a narrow street surrounded by little dynamic pubs, the location is attractive too. If you’re asking for Istanbul’s premier electronic venue, that’s Indigo.

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