Retailers in the city's Beyogly district fear that a planned government clampdown on alcohol sales could threaten livelihoods and personal freedoms.
Shopkeepers and municipal workers began cleaning up Istanbul and Ankara on Sunday after the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years.
Turkish forces have begun to withdraw from a main Istanbul square in an apparent move to end tensions from two days of anti-government protests.
Turkey's police have fired tear gas at demonstrators occupying a park in Istanbul, injuring scores in a violent crackdown on anti-government protests.
The city that remains abuzz from morning until night,leaves you wanting more as it has too much to soak up in a short amount of time.
Owners play new music and translate menus into Arabic amid surge in visitors from Middle East .
Around 10 000 people have bid farewell to Lefter Kucukandonyadis, one of Turkey's top football players, who has died at the age of 86.
Firdose Moonda discovers she has the best boobs in the world, while visiting Istanbul.
A favourite of royals seeking luxury, writers looking for the muse and undercover spies, Pera Palace has reopened after a major facelift.
The global economy is on unsteady legs, the World Bank warned on Friday, saying that 2010 would be "a highly uncertain economic year".
With a smoking ban looming, Barbara Nadel seeks out Istanbul's water pipe salons and laments the end of a 400-year-old tradition.
Heads of state and other dignitaries from African countries and Turkey started a cooperation summit in Istanbul on Monday.
Seventeen people died and 150 were wounded on Sunday when two bombs exploded in a busy shopping district in Istanbul, the city's governor said.
For centuries, Istanbul lured intrepid shoppers with colourful jewellery and carpets which tumbled from shops in the ancient alleyways of the Grand Bazaar. Today, the city's affluent young middle-class is embracing a different kind of shopping experience in giant glass-and-chrome malls.
Formula One title contenders McLaren left Turkey with their confidence up on Monday despite being beaten for the fourth race in a row by champions Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton finished second at Istanbul Park but the 23-year-old Briton described Sunday's race as the best of his career after having to make an extra pit stop to ensure his tyres lasted safely.
Ferrari's Felipe Massa won the Turkish Grand Prix from pole position for the third year in a row on Sunday after tyre concerns slowed Lewis Hamilton's challenge. The Brazilian took the chequered flag 3,7 seconds ahead of the 23-year-old McLaren driver, who ran most of the race on the harder tyres and had to make three pit stops compared with his rival's two.
Double world champion Fernando Alonso was upbeat about his Renault team's prospects after a strong performance in Friday's practice for Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix. The Spanish former world champion was fourth in the morning and ninth in the afternoon, despite not being happy with his car's balance.
Police battled demonstrators in Istanbul as tens of thousands of workers rallied on World Labour Day on Thursday while soaring food prices brought large crowds on to the streets of some Asian capitals. In Istanbul, police used pepper gas and water cannon to disperse workers outside Turkey's main left-wing labour confederation.
At least 19 people were killed and 69 were injured on Thursday when an explosion ripped through an Istanbul building that housed workshops including an illegal fireworks factory. Television footage showed debris from the building strewn through the streets of the industrial district of Davutpasa.
Turkey stepped up pressure on the United States to help curb attacks by Kurdish rebels from northern Iraq as a conference on Saturday of Iraq's neighbours and major powers sought to lower cross-border tensions. The "neighbours' conference", hosted by Turkey, was meant to focus on security inside Iraq but instead it is overshadowed by tensions between Turkey and Iraq.