Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

Basileus Hotel
The Basileus Hotel is a charming hotel within walking distance of some of Istanbul’s best sights, including the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace.
Marti Istanbul Hotel
The Taksim-located Marti Istanbul Hotel offers guests the chance to experience the best of modern Istanbul, including warm Turkish hospitality.
Adahan Istanbul
Set in a listed apartment building from 1874, Adahan Istanbul is an elegantly restored hotel in the Beyoğlu area with its own rooftop bar and restaurant.
Raffles Istanbul
Raffles Istanbul is a luxurious, modern Turkish hotel, found in the downtown area, offering high-end rooms, a spa, and numerous bars and restaurants.
House Hotel Galatasaray
Found in the artistic Çukurcuma district, the House Hotel Galatasaray is an elegant place to stay for those looking for style and substance.
Mama Shelter Istanbul
Mama Shelter Istanbul, the younger sibling of Mama Shelter Paris, has an enviable Beyoğlu location and bold, whimsical interiors.
Cibalikapi
Intimate and low-key, this sweet seafood restaurant is a local favourite.
Tarihi Selim Usta
Another meatball specialist (that sounds much better in Turkish), this elaborately named restaurant is one of the best places in town to experience köfte at their zenith.
Galatasaray
Arguably the biggest side in Turkey, Galatasaray hold the record of Turkish League titles and Cups. Locked in an intense city rivalry, they now play home games at the Turk Telecom Arena.
Indigo
Foodies flock in their droves to Indigo Restaurant with a reservations book that's always fit-to-bursting with high-profile names...
Kahve Dunyasi
If the Modern's cafe doesn't appeal, pop into the charming bustling Kahve Dunyasi for a chocolate fix.
The House Apart
Chic and cheap serviced apartments dotted around the city, the brain child of a slick chain of Istanbul cafes.
Assk Kahve
With a waterfront location and good looking clientele, there's much to love about the Assk Kahve. In daytime, pop in for a coffee and to soak up the general ambiance.
Witt Istanbul Suites
Witt Istanbul professes to provide home comfort in a boutique hotel ambiance, and indeed it does, but only if your home is an Autoban-designed interioristas paradise located in a trendy arty district. =display:"
Balikci Sabahattin
Some of the best fish in Istanbul is served in this charming simple restaurant in the Old Town. Balikci Sabahattin is particularly recommended in summer for its pretty outdoor dining.
Carnival
Good for breakfast and healthy lunches, refuel here before heading back onto the main thoroughfare to shop for sunglasses, denim and cheap and cheerful clothing.
Bebek Hotel
Located in the smartest village along the Bosphorus Shore, the charming Bebek hotel, with its great rooms and terrific views, is a perfect place to escape the hubbub of Istanbul's centre.
Vogue
As you would expect from the name, glamour is the order of the day here. Well-designed and slick decor complements the well-dressed crowd enjoying the international cuisine.
Lush
Colourful, small-ish hotel with a low-key atmosphere that is rare in this bustling party area of Istanbul. Stylish and modern yet cosy and welcoming, the Lush hotel is capturing a niche market so book in quickly. =di"
Approach to the city by water
Approach Old Istanbul as visitors over the millenia would have done and feel the years roll away...
Galata Bridge Bars
The many indistinguishable Galata Bridge bars, though tacky, present beautiful views of the Bosphorus if you're looking in the right direction (away from the bridge), especially at dusk.
Whirling Dervishes
Undeniably uber-touristy, we nevertheless recommend that you give in to your urges to watch the Dervishes whirl away... 
Ansen Suite Hotel
Pleasantly informal, the Ansen Suite Hotel is a welcome addition to the more traditional hotels in the Pera district of Beyoglu. The hotel is within walking distance of the buzzing streets around Istiklal Caddesi.=d"
The Kilisli Palace
Emirgan might be quite a trek out of the central pleasures of Beyoglu and Sulanahmet, but it's home to an increasing number of travel-worthy venues, including the wonderful Kilisli Palace.
Lokanta Maya
Local fare with a taste of global flavour from superstar chef Didem Senol. Not to be missed if you can help it...
NuBlu East
A more sophisticated music policy - think groove reggae and disco rather than cheesy euro-pop - sets NuBlue East apart from its Kurucesme neighbours.
Addres
Istanbul stimulates and excites the interior design gene in all of us and will leave you keen to take a little piece home. Head to Addres to fulfill this desire.
Zarifi
More of a restaurant than a club, join large groups of Istanbullis for a raucous night of unashamed Turkish fun. As the meze get cleared away and the raki goes down the volume goes up and the dancing starts. =d"
Haci Abdullah
Universally good food and service are the secret of Haci Abdullah's longevity. Easily surpassing the myriad of competitors on Istiklal Caddesi, this large, warm restaurant is a perennial favourite.d
Hamdi
Delicious kebabs have engendered a loyal following among locals and visitors alike. Just a stroll away from the Egyptian Bazaar Hamdi is perfect for a restorative lunch before taking on the Grand Bazaar.=display:none"
Refik
To dine at Refik is to tap into the traditional tavern scene. Join Istanbul's political intellectuals for some top quality meze and put the world to rights (if you're Turkish is up to scratch).
Asitane
Tradition with a twist. This stylish restaurant, tucked away in the basement of the unremarkable Kariye Hotel, serves up excellent Ottoman cuisine in an elegant setting.
I’Zaz
Tiny and kooky boutique guesthouse with only four rooms is adored by young creatives.
The James Joyce
Despite a scandalous lack of Guinness, no other Irish cliche is overlooked in the James Joyce pub. Pretty, casual and popular with English speaking ex-pats.
Istinye Park
A random roof design, swathes of designer outlets and Istanbul’s first IMAX theatre – what more could you want from a mall?
Urban
Not quite as 'urban' in design as the name might imply, this charming Parisian-style bar is perfect for an early evening drink.
Dulcinea
Sleek, cool decor attracts sleek cool customers to this popular bar just off the Taksim end of Istiklal Caddesi. To keep with the stylish set, head over to nearby fusion-restaurant Changa for dinner.
Minyon W Istanbul
Beautiful people and a trendy ambience make this your absolute go-to place for a night on the town.
A’jia Hotel
Located in the Asian Shore village of Kanlica, the sleek contemporary A'jia hotel is an excellent option for style-conscious travellers.
Badehane
Located in lively Asmalimescit just off Istiklal Caddesi, Badehane offers simple often raucous fun. Join the studenty 20-something crowd of Istanbullis for beers and a spot of spontaneous dancing.di

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