Saturday, February 15, 2014

Istanbul tips

People still often asks me for advise before going to Istanbul. I'm proud that people are associate me with the city :)
I wouldn't tell about the most common tourist sites because they can easily be found anyway. Instead I like to give advice about my favorite restaurants and clubs. Here are the updated list of the places since I was last there!

Best places to eat: Best Turkish meat: Hamdi Et Restaurant in Eminönu area (food is not expensive in turkey but popular restaurant so book one week before and say that you want to sit on the terrace.
Best Brunch: Assk kahve in Arnavutköy area. A leafy cafe right on the Bosphorus with tasty food.
Best Brunch 2: The house cafe in the area of ​​Ortaköy. Here are plenty of Turkish celebrities but also the brunch is amazing. Also on the Bosphorus.
Best fast food: Baked potato called Kumpir with filling in the area of Ortaköy

Best nightlife:
Balkon: Start the evening with a few beers or cocktails here. A roof terrace in the Taksim area with soft music and city views.
Nuteras: Also a roof terrace in Taksim. But here you can cut loose and dance literally with Istanbul at your feet and the stars above you. Magnificent!
Anjelique: Top notch. Here club music is played in an intimate club on two floors with a terrace facing the water in the area of Ortaköy. The fancy and the rich arrive in their yachts.
Reina: Another fancy club with Bosphorus but larger than Anjelique. In the area Kurucesme . Get a table if you can, it should cost about 100TL (400kr) and then you will have your own place (it's kind of a crowded club) and a boob tube.
Suada: Restaurants / club / pool area. An artificial island in the middle of the Bosphorus that is accessed by a small boat that goes in front and back from Kurucesme. They have club events sometimes, but otherwise go there for a drink in the sun or a sunset dinner.

View from Istanbul Sapphire

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