Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

Sortie
When it comes to glittering, conspicuous consumption, Istanbul's super-clubs in Kurucesme rival St Tropez, albeit with a less international clientele. Look like a model or millionaire to ensure entry.
Ulus 29
A glamorous alternative to Sunset, Ulus 29 is also located in Ulus Park. Dress to impress to join the smart crowd of Istanbulli professionals for great cocktails and well-executed Turkish dishes.=display:none;""
Galata House
A former prison Galata House may not have the happiest history, but homely furniture and some comfort food from the Crimea have long dispelled any negative vibes.
Four Seasons at Bosphorus
The Four Season's second property in Istanbul has panoramic views stretching out over the Bosphorus.
Motus Wellness Club
Your health and fitness neighbourhood spot for a morning of pampering and exercise, to fit in before the bouts of sight-seeing begin.
Galata
Within Beyoglu, Galata houses boutiques with some of the most up-and-coming international designers.
Dogztar
It's laid back with a down and friendly rock vibe reminiscent of our school years. If experimental music is your thing, then this is quite a discovery.
The Sofa Hotel
One of the new breed of design hotels in Istanbul, the Sofa expertly combines personal service, excellent facilities and a wonderful central location, which sets it apart from the competition.
Borsa
A perenntial favourite despite its unprepossessing location, join the smart Nisantasi crowd at this chic 500-seat restaurant for some of the best Turkish cuisine in town.
Cuppa
Healthy juice shop and cafe to leave you glowing...
Ceyazir
Occupying what used to be an Italian school, Ceyanzir is the very epitome of laid-back Istanbul cool...
Leb-i-Derya
Stunning panoramic views and crisply contemporary styling make Leb-i-Derya a hit with Istanbul's fashionable crowd. The bar comes into its own as the evening wears on so it's perfect for post-dinner drinks.=display:n"
Beymen Brasserie
THE spot for lunch on Abdi Ipecki Caddesi, the spiritual home of fashionistas and label addicts, Beyman is the perfect watering hole for Manolo-wearing shoppers.
Ca’D’Oro
'Cafe' doesn't do this chic, minimalistic eatery justice. Expect tremendous food, whether it be brunch, lunch, or dinner.
Tokyo
Located just off Beyoglu's buzzing thoroughfare Istiklal Caddesi, the smart contemporary Tokyo is perfect for a quick sushi lunch. Pop in here before taking on the antiques shops of nearby Faik.
Mimolett
Take taste to another level at this epicurean haven...
Haremlique
Head to Haremlique for quintessential Turkish homeware.
Nardis Jazz Club
Istanbul's most popular jazz club is tucked away behind Galata Tower. Jazz buffs should book a table at the front and dine in the club, or there's always the nearby Galata House.
Sunset Grill & Bar
Well worth the taxi ride to Ulus Park, Sunset's enduring popularity with the smart crowd is due to its fabulous terrace with Bosphorus views, excellent varied menu and well-stocked wine cellar.
Pera Museum
Classic and contemporary art gallery that puts on some amazing exhibitions...
5 Kat
Tucked away on the fifth floor and roof-terrace near Taksim Square, this slightly-out-of-the-way bar is a real find. The plush and eccentric furnishings make 5 Kat perfect for drinks all year round.
Sapphire Bosphorus
Large? Chic? Good looking crowd? If that sounds familiar, it's because Sapphire Bosphorus is virtually interchangeable with Kurucesme's other clubs.
Bej Kahve
One of the cosiest cafés in this increasingly gentrifying neighbourhood...
Cok Cok
Beyoglu's chic favourites, Wanna and Lokanta, face stiff competition from this stylish newcomer. Cok Cok serves up Asian food culture and design with cosy intimacy.
Frankie Istanbul
When it comes to making a splash, restaurants should take notes from Frankie Istanbul, the restaurant quickly becoming one of the city’s most popular hangout spots. 
Pera Palace
Once a favourite of the rich and famous, the Pera Palace has history and anecdotal interest in spades. In its heyday the Palace hosted every visiting star and dignitary to Istanbul.
TomTom Suites
TomTom Suites started life as a law court and is part of the rapidly gentrifying Beyoglu scene.
Edition Istanbul
Schrager's concept hotel for the Marriott group has proved a hit in Istanbul...
Edition Espa
It's the ultimate spa-playground. Rich in ambience and a palette of sensory excess, this haven for beauty is one that will make you squeal with hedonistic delight. 
SuAda Swimming
Su Ada (it translates as ‘water island’) is a swish open-air swimming and general loafing joint housed on a pontoon floating in the Bosphorus.     
Seasons
If you are not fortunate enough to be staying at the excellent Four Seasons hotel in Sultanahmet, a trip to the Seasons Restaurant is a good substitute if you are in the mood for fine dining.
Tugra
Tugra's private yet elegant location makes it one of the best places to take in spectacular views of the Bosphorous while enjoying a sumptuous meal.
Kino Garden
This tiny, trendy Asmalimescit bar attracts a different cool crowd to the glamorati that frequent Leb-i-Derya and 360o - Kino is popular with younger creative types with slightly less cash.
Yakup 2
One of the most authentic of Asmalimescit's meyhanes, Yakup 2 has a traditional earthly feel reminiscent of days gone by. Nightclub Babylon is just round the corner to dance off the meze.
Reina
To truly experience Reina in all its glory, arrive by yacht thus bypassing the queues and instantly elevating yourself to membership of the elite. Just remember to leave the deckshoes at home.
Swissôtel Spa
An extensive menu of services at this award-winning spa will have you coming back for more and more...and more.
Çukurcuma Hamam
A go-to hammam for the gay crowd in Istanbul.
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Müzedechanga
Cuisine and culture are perfectly fused at this Museum-restaurant from the Changa team. With a wonderful terrace overlooking the Bosphorus, there is no better place for a light lunch or romantic dinner.=display:none;"
Körfez
A must for guests of the A'jia hotel (also in Kanlica) Korfez attracts diners from across the city. Take the restaurant's water taxi across the Bosphorus for a memorable evening of excellent fish in a beautiful setting. sty

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