Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

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Topaz
A newcomer that opened in November 07, this classy establishment is already describing itself as the 'jewel of Istanbul'.
Zuma
Feriye
If this fabulous restaurant was any closer to the Bosphorus, it would be underwater. With food and service as befits its grand setting, it is perfect for a special night out.
Kanyon
If you've exhausted the shopping potential of Abdi Ipekci Caddesi, head to Kanyon for a designer fix. A luxe open-air shopping mall home to a range of homegrown and international brands.
Ritz-Carlton Hammam
One of the world's most indulgent spas, this is on the top of our list and a must-try if you're in the area.
Leb-i Derya Richmond
This second Leb-i-Derya is more restaurant than bar. Whilst it shares fabulous city and Bosphorus views with its sister restaurant nearby, this restaurant in the central Richmond hotel is perfect for a romantic dinner. styl
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.
K.V.
In contrast with Beyoglu's uber-cool bars and traditional taverns, the elegant K.V. offers a hint of Old Stamboul with its tasteful mix of Viennese and Parisian styles which once gave Pera its dash.
The Lounge at the Four Seasons
Impeccable tea room at the almost faultless Four Seasons...
Marmara Istanbul
Lokanta Maya
Local fare with a taste of global flavour from superstar chef Didem Senol. Not to be missed if you can help it...
Anjelique
One of the elite super-clubs located in fashionable Kurucesme, Anjelique's fabulous Bosphorus views  are just the start of the club's charms. Dress up to blend in with the Turkish glamorati.
Bentley Hotel
The sleek lines and mod-cons of Istanbul's first design hotel make it a particular favourite of business travellers. Located to the north of Beyoglu, it's near the business district and a short taxi ride to Istanbul's cultural attractions.
Eresin Crown
One of the best small luxury hotels in Istanbul, this boutique 'museum' hotel contains a smattering of items from Istanbul's Archeology Museum. Tucked away behind the Blue Mosque, a drink on its roof terrace is the perfect way to end the day.d=
Sumahan on the Water
The superb renovation of a 19th-century Ottoman distillery has created one of Istanbul's most stylish hotels. With outstanding rooms, great views and one of the best restaurants in town, Sumahan on the Water is a dream come true.yEventWatch
Istinye Park
A random roof design, swathes of designer outlets and Istanbul’s first IMAX theatre – what more could you want from a mall?
Minyon W Istanbul
Beautiful people and a trendy ambience make this your absolute go-to place for a night on the town.
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;""
Poseidon
Located in Bebek, the smart village-cum-suburb on the European shore of the Bosphorus, a trip to this excellent seafood restaurant is something of a pilgrimage.
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.
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.
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.
Haremlique
Head to Haremlique for quintessential Turkish homeware.
Mimolett
Take taste to another level at this epicurean haven...
Pandeli
An Istanbul classic, Pandeli's charm lies in its location - there can be few better places to feel the the essence of Old Istanbul.
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.
Ski
A stone's throw away from Istanbul, head off to Uludag for some heli-skiing action, snowboarding, or just plain skiing amidst a beautiful historic setting.
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.
Simdi
Lovely Illy coffee in an elegant tiled room: what more could anyone ask for in cafe? Simdi has a varied menu and is a great place for breakfast, lunch and all points in between.
Edition Istanbul
Schrager's concept hotel for the Marriott group has proved a hit in Istanbul...
Taxim Suites
An apartment hotel next to the commercial district, Taxim Suites is a favourite with business travellers. Stylish and professional, book the 5th floor penthouses to experience it at its best.
TomTom Suites
TomTom Suites started life as a law court and is part of the rapidly gentrifying Beyoglu scene.
Niantasi & Tevikiye
If the Old City bazaars sound like a panic-inducing nightmare head straight for the smart residential and commercial districts of Niantai and Tevikiye, where Istanbul’s haute bourgeoisie roam freely.
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.
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. 
Çiragan Palace Swimming Pool
The Çiragan Palace's 33-metre-long pool is a spectacular place for a swim, bordering the Bosphorus and separated from it by the thinnest of margins.
Çiragan Palace Hammam
Spoil yourself within the ultra-luxe confines of this majestic hotel.

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