Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

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.
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.
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.
Sugar Club Café
The Sugar Club is all about evening fun. Head over there when you're bored of shopping on Istiklal Caddesi to join the (mostly gay) crowd spilling out onto the street for drinks.
Smyrna
Fashionable and relaxed, Smyrma hits all the right notes. Designed with lounging in mind you might go for breakfast and find yourself still there for sundowners.
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.
SALT
Richmond Hotel
The only decent hotel on the entire length of Istiklal Caddesi, this contemporary hotel is ideally located for visitors planning to take in Istanbul's cultural and pastoral pleasures.
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.
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.
Pierre Loti Café
If you've ticked off Sultanahmet's cultural splendours, Nisantasi's chic shopping, Kurucesme's high-octane clubs and Beyoglu's restaurant scene (phew), now's the time to enjoy Pierre Loti cafe.
Nu Club
With a great fusion restaurant on the ground floor, panoramic rooftop bar and basement club, NuPera can keep you occupied for the whole evening.
Nature and Peace
Spiritual home to the doner kebab and lamb köfte, Istanbul has been slow to embrace vegetarianism. Nature and Peace is one of the few places with a meat-free ethos.
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;"
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.
Miss Pizza
A little slice of Italy in Istanbul.
Minyon W Istanbul
Beautiful people and a trendy ambience make this your absolute go-to place for a night on the town.
Mikla
With indoor and outdoor restaurants, a terrace bar and rooftop pool with resident DJ, European restaurant Mikla has much to recommend it. Dress to impress for a relaxed evening out.
Mavra
Galata's hippest hangout comes equipped with free WiFi, funky tunes and delicious cake...
Marti Istanbul Hotel
The Taksim-located Marti Istanbul Hotel offers guests the chance to experience the best of modern Istanbul, including warm Turkish hospitality.
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"
Lokanta Maya
Local fare with a taste of global flavour from superstar chef Didem Senol. Not to be missed if you can help it...
Lokal
Effortlessly contemporary, Lokal is a sparse, minimalist space that gives local German cuisine a fresh reinvention. 
Limonlu Bahçe
Just steps off the rather hectic Istiklal Caddesi, Limonlu Bahçe is more than just a garden cafe it's a haven a peaceful respite from the high-street madness nearby. You might never want to leave.=display:"
Leyla
Part of the Cihangir social scene - think fashionable creative types - the multi-facted Leyla is perfect for a coffee and mid-morning snack or light lunch whilst you're exploring the local boutiques.
Kybele Hotel
A decidedly maximalist design ethos, zany colour scheme and plethora of Turkish lamps set the tone of this charmingly off-beat hotel in Sultanahmet.
Kumkapi Meyhanes
Although popularity with the tourist hordes has taken some of the joy out of eating at the Kumkapi Meyhanes, it is still a fun experience on a warm night. The fish is, as always, delicious.
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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Istinye Park
A random roof design, swathes of designer outlets and Istanbul’s first IMAX theatre – what more could you want from a mall?
Istiklal Caddesi
Long and highstreety shopping on Istiklal Caddesi lacks the charm of the Old Town Bazaars and the style of Nisantasti's chic boutiques, but nevertheless there are some interesting shops.
Ibrahim Pasa Hotel
Located in a late Ottoman house, the Ibrahim Pasa is a charming blend of the traditional and the contemporary - one of the best small hotels in Istanbul.
I’Zaz
Tiny and kooky boutique guesthouse with only four rooms is adored by young creatives.
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.
House Café
Super-slick and ultra-hip chain of cafes filled with immaculately beautiful young things...
Hammamhane
A hotel made up of studios and suites, Hammamhane is a convenient, stylish place to stay right in the heart of Istanbul’s Beyoğlu neighbourhood.
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"
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
Flamm
A modern Mediterranean restaurant, Flamm stands out amidst Asmalimescit's serried eateries. It's a great place to start an evening out.
Faik Pasa Yokusu
Antiques and goodies abound for those who don't mind a rummage.

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