Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

Sensus Turkish Wine Library
Cheese and wine shop-cum-bar concentrating on some serious local vintages...
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.
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.
Urban
Not quite as 'urban' in design as the name might imply, this charming Parisian-style bar is perfect for an early evening drink.
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"
Ca’D’Oro
'Cafe' doesn't do this chic, minimalistic eatery justice. Expect tremendous food, whether it be brunch, lunch, or dinner.
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.
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.
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.
House Café
Super-slick and ultra-hip chain of cafes filled with immaculately beautiful young things...
Gizil Bahçe
Ostensibly no different from the traditional restaurants and bars serried along Nevizarde Sokak, Gizil Bahçe is quite a different proposition. A deliberately low-key, stylish bar attracting a cool youngish crowd.
Büyük Londra Hotel
Combining the charms of caged parrots, Victorian decor, Ottoman chandeliers and slightly incompetent (but bow-tied) staff, there is nowhere in Istanbul quite like the bar in the Büyük Londra hotel. =display"
Lokal
Effortlessly contemporary, Lokal is a sparse, minimalist space that gives local German cuisine a fresh reinvention. 

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