Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

Tarihi Selim Usta
Another meatball specialist (that sounds much better in Turkish), this elaborately named restaurant is one of the best places in town to experience köfte at their zenith.
Carnival
Good for breakfast and healthy lunches, refuel here before heading back onto the main thoroughfare to shop for sunglasses, denim and cheap and cheerful clothing.
Kahve Dunyasi
If the Modern's cafe doesn't appeal, pop into the charming bustling Kahve Dunyasi for a chocolate fix.
Cuppa
Healthy juice shop and cafe to leave you glowing...
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.
Bambi
Only hardcore devotees of the kebab will head here during the daytime, but at night Bambi just could save your life - or at the very least your hangover.
Mado Ice Cream
Carrot, pumpkin or fig? Ice-cream fans probably think they've experience pretty much ever flavour under the sun, but Ben & Jerry's and Haagen Dazs certainly can't rival Mado for range and diversity. =display:none"
Karaköy Güllüoglu
THE place to go in Istanbul for some proper local baklava...
Enstitü
Practice cooking for the up-and-coming young Turks of the culinary scene...
Café di Dolce
There comes a time when the only answer to life's questions is cake. If that's the case, during an Istanbul trip head straight to Cafe di Dolce for the ultimate sugar fix.
Arnavut Köfte
Small, simple and anonymous, Arnavut Köfte serves up uncomplicated köfte with side orders of rice salad and ayran - this is fast food in Istanbul. Located in the Old City, head here after a morning in the Egyptian Bazaar.yEventWat
Alti Café
This lovely cafe-cum-boutique is the perfect place to start a day of shopping around the antique shops of Cihangir and Faik Pasa Yokusu. Try the delicious Turkish breakfast in beautiful garden.
Mesale Cay Bahcesi
Although long on cultural splendour, Sultanamet is short on great places to stop for a snack - places that aren't uber-touristy that is. Despite a prime location next to the Blue Mosque, Mesale retains a local flavour. styl

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