Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

Antre Gourmet Istanbul
A gourmet shop in Beyoğlu, Antre Gourmet Istanbul offers its patrons – both visitors and locals alike – a real taste of Anatolia, from cheese to charcuterie.
Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam
A luxurious traditional hamam from the 16th century, the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam has had a million-dollar restoration and is more beautiful than ever.
The House Hotel Karaköy
Found in one of the city’s more artistic neighbourhoods, The House Hotel Karaköy is a design-conscious hotel with luxurious amenities and its own in-house art curator.
Alancha
A celebration of Anatolian cuisine, Alancha serves up creative, innovation dishes alongside a mouthwatering cocktail list in its warm, stylish space in Beşiktaş.
Cachi Lokanta Bar
A rooftop bar and restaurant with an open-air terrace, Cachi Lokanta Bar – found at the Adahan Istanbul – serves Turkish and international food and drinks throughout the day.
Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı
Melez Tea Lab
Melez Tea Lab feels like a temple to tea, which, indeed, it is, offering all manner of artisanal teas for purchase, as well as fun, interactive workshops.
4 Floors
Boutique hotel 4 Floors Istanbul is small but perfectly formed, offering fully-serviced apartments in the centre of the bustling Beyoğlu neighbourhood.
Motor Racing
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.
Cibalikapi
Intimate and low-key, this sweet seafood restaurant is a local favourite.
Topaz
A newcomer that opened in November 07, this classy establishment is already describing itself as the 'jewel of Istanbul'.
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.
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
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.
Sensus Turkish Wine Library
Cheese and wine shop-cum-bar concentrating on some serious local vintages...
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.
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"
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.
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"
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minyon W Istanbul
Beautiful people and a trendy ambience make this your absolute go-to place for a night on the town.
Ghetto
With a mélange of upbeat world music, Ghetto sparks a full blown party ambience for a well-heeled crowd.
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.
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.
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;""
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.
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

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