Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

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.
The Lounge at the Four Seasons
Impeccable tea room at the almost faultless Four Seasons...
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.
Beymen Brasserie
THE spot for lunch on Abdi Ipecki Caddesi, the spiritual home of fashionistas and label addicts, Beyman is the perfect watering hole for Manolo-wearing shoppers.
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.
Bej Kahve
One of the cosiest cafés in this increasingly gentrifying neighbourhood...
Miss Pizza
A little slice of Italy in Istanbul.
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.
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.
Markiz Café
Unlike most of our recommendations, this old-school Pera cafe is firmly on the tourist trail. Nonetheless it has a curious charm; tuck into delicious pastries and try to imagine its former glory.=display:none;""
House Café
Super-slick and ultra-hip chain of cafes filled with immaculately beautiful young things...
Erenler Aile Çay Bahçesi
Nargile smoking isn't for everyone but imagine the scene - the atmospheric courtyard of an old Ottoman seminary, the last pink rays of the setting sun, the call to prayer echoing from the Old City's minarets...yEventWatcherD
Armani Café
The spiritual home of chic Istinye the Armani Café is stylish to the core...
Vefa Bozacisi
From boza (a fermented millet drink unchanged since Turkic pre-history) to sira (a fermented grape juice), a host of traditional pleasures are on offer at the pretty Vefa Bozacisi.
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.
Mavra
Galata's hippest hangout comes equipped with free WiFi, funky tunes and delicious cake...
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.
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.

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