Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

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...
Mia Mensa
Located along the Bosphorus in Kuruçesme, home to super-clubs Sortie Angelique and Reina as well as the trendy Assk Cafe, the lovely Mia Mensa is in good company.
Kiva Han
In the surprisingly cafe-empty area surrounding the mysterious Galata Tower, Kiva Han has found itself the perfect niche; the perfect spot for a quiet brunch in the open air.
Kubbeli Saloon Tea Lounge
An exception to the Fawlty Towers-esque feel that pervades the Pera Palace Hotel, the Patisserie and Terrace Bar are a charming option for a cake and slice of high Victorian grandeur.
Underground Cistern
Not the most important of cultural attractions, the Underground Cistern nevertheless has a rather zen charm...
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.
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.
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=
I’Zaz
Tiny and kooky boutique guesthouse with only four rooms is adored by young creatives.
Marmara Istanbul
Guests at the hotel receive free usage of facilities with day passes and monthly membership also available. Marmara Taksim also offers the full spa experience.
Nuteras
Around sunset on a summer's day, there are few places better than the sleekly modern Nuteras. Located on the 7th floor of a Pera building it is perfectly aligned with the setting sun.
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
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.
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.
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.
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;""
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.
Ghetto
With a mélange of upbeat world music, Ghetto sparks a full blown party ambience for a well-heeled crowd.
Galata
Within Beyoglu, Galata houses boutiques with some of the most up-and-coming international designers.
Mangerie
Home to some of the world's best marzipan, there are many reasons to visit the smart Bosphorus village Bebek. High up that list is this lovely cafe-restaurant.
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.
Ceyazir
Occupying what used to be an Italian school, Ceyanzir is the very epitome of laid-back Istanbul cool...
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.
Develi
This excellent Anatolian restaurant overlooking the Sea of Marmara is perfect for frustrated mariners, as the large terrace allows a birds eye view of the Bosphorus' maritime traffic.y
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.
Taps
Located just a few streets away from the fabulous shopping on Abdi Ipecki Caddesi, men might like to retreat to Taps to sample their seven beers leaving wives and girlfriends to the chic boutiques.
Islamic Arts Museum
Turkish carpets, illuminated Korans, calligraphy wood carvings, porcelain and much much more is on show in this house-Museum. Located in the HippodRome just opposite the Blue Mosque.
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.
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"
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.
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.
Haremlique
Head to Haremlique for quintessential Turkish homeware.
Isis
Isis is located in Kadiköy on the Asian shore and is perfect for a break from super-smart cocktail bars...
Flamm
A modern Mediterranean restaurant, Flamm stands out amidst Asmalimescit's serried eateries. It's a great place to start an evening out.
Fenerbahce
Fenerbahçe, on the Asian side of Turkey, were founded in 1907 and were Atatürk's and, traditionally, the army's team. 'Sari Kanaryalar' (The Yellow Canaries) are Turkey's most successful club.=display"
Aga Hamam
Dating back to the 16th century, Aga offers a simple yet satisfying bath and scrub treatment in an atmospheric and authentic setting.
Beyti
Although located a substantial taxi ride from the centre, meat lovers should follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon and make a pilgrimage to Beyti.
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.

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