About & Contact

When you’re born in one place and then continue to move to another every three to four years, a sense of belonging is not something you’re imbued with. It has its pros and cons. I was born in Austria, grew up in Germany and America, and spoke Turkish at home. After spending more than seven years honing my writing and editing skills at American universities, I returned to my roots by moving to Istanbul in 2011 and landing my dream job writing about the city’s gastronomy, culture and nightlife scenes for one of the its oldest English-language magazines.

By 2015, I decided to work freelance, having grown weary of office-life-limitations, and began sharing my accumulated Istanbul knowledge under my own name. I’ve written for publications such as Kinfolk, Brownbook, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and am the author of my own comprehensive guidebook, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Istanbul.

This website is a showcase of my favorite work from over the years and is updated regularly as I continue to write about the people and places defining contemporary culture in Turkey and the Middle East.

*You can contact me via e-mail at: fyalav@gmail.com

*Follow me on Instagram: @fyheck

 

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