Sunday, April 19, 2015

Istanbul Guide

I've been to Istanbul four time in the past six months working on the Soho House out there and these are my tips:


Yeni Lokanta, Kumbaracı Yokuşu No:66 Beyoğlu (reserve)

MunferitYeni Çarşı Caddesi 19, Taksim, Beyoğlu (reserve)

Unter Good spot in Karakoy. Get Menemen for breakfast and also turns into bar/area at night  

Gaspar Müeyyetzade Mahallesi, Necatibey Caddesi, Arapoğlan Sokak No.6, Karaköy

And the Soho House Istanbul is stunning - and there are lots of parts including the ground floor garden open to non members.

See and Do

Haiga Sofia 
One of the only building that may trump Rome's Pantheon in the awe stakes. You dont have to join long queue that's for groups - there are machines just to left when you enter to buy a ticket fast!

The Cistern - go early when not too crowded, right near Hagia Sofia and amazing. Wet, fishy, ancient.

Archaeological museum Particularly for the garden - which is a good coffee spot and has some amazing things outside.

Get a boat from Karakoy to the Asian side to Kadikoy and wander around antique shops and randomness etc nice chill vibe. Get meze lunch at Ciya 

Got to be the best hamman in the city. Women in the am. Men afternoon and pm. Worth it for the building alone let alone the serious scrub.

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