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Where to Stay

Hagia Sophia Mansions, Sultanahmet
Wallpaper
"When it comes to pedigree and location, it’s difficult to trump the new Hagia Sophia Mansions in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet qu ...
The Public Hotel, Beyoğlu
Vogue
"With its open loft layout and exposed brick walls, the Public Hotel, up the street from neighboring hipster enclave Changir, is a... Gen Y opti ...
Raffles Istanbul, Zorlu Center, Bosphorus
Financial Times
Located at the heart of the Zorlu Center, an emerging hub for fashion, food and the arts on the European shore in Besiktas, Raffles Istanbul overlook ...
Gravida Hotel, centre, Karakoy
Our Friends
"This new [good-value] boutique property packages arresting views, live music and easy access to both history and hedonism," writes The New ...
#Bunk, Beyoglu / Taksim
Wallpaper
Following a global trend, a cool new designer hostel has opened in Istanbul.  "Comprising 32 beds arranged over 11 rooms, which include dor ...
Georges Hotel, near Taksim, Galata
Wallpaper, Wallpaper, Financial Times, Wallpaper
New, cosy boutique hotel in Istanbul, hidden down a narrow cobblestoned lane in Galata.  Recipient of Wallpaper's annual award -&n ...
The House Hotel Galatasaray, old town Cukurcuma
DailyCandy, Wallpaper, Our Friends
Wallpaper admired the decor of this new Istanbul hotel in October 2010.  "The House Hotel Galatasaray in Istanbul is a masterfully modernised ...
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The House Hotel Nisantasi, Sisli Shopping District, Bosphorus
Wallpaper
Great spot for people watching on the Bosphorus, says Wallpaper. "Istanbul’s The House Hotel Nisantasi is a Bosphorous-facing design dream ...
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Tas Otel, Getaway from Istanbul, Alacati, Cesme Peninsula
Tatler
Summer weekend getaway idea from Istanbul.   Tatler says the Cesme Peninsula (long sandy bays, turquoise waters and steady breezes) has become & ...
Sumahan, Cengelkoy, Asian side
DailyCandy
"[Stay] across the water on the Asian side at Sumahan for huge suites with funky fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Bosphor ...
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Tomtom Suites, Pera
DailyCandy
"In Istanbul, stay at Tomtom Suites in the historic Pera area for incredible views of the rooftops and harbor."  [DailyCandy] ...
Witt Suites, Cihangir
Elle Decor, Financial Times, DailyCandy, Wallpaper, Wallpaper
15 super-stylish suites in Istanbul's newly-trendy neighborhood Cihangir.  Witt Suites features marble bathrooms and "bedrooms kitted out ...
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Four Seasons Bosphorus
Wallpaper, Financial Times, Elle Decor
The Four Seasons's second property in Istanbul, housed in a 19th century palace on the banks of the Bosphorus. Elle Decor called the Four Seasons B ...
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Les Ottomans, Kuruçesme
Elle Decor, Our Friends, Tatler
Luxury boutique hotel in Istanbul with just 9 suites on the shores of the Bosphorus.  Tatler said that "the truly savvy have already checked i ...
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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul, Sultanahmet
Tatler, Elle Decor, British Harper's Bazaar, Our Friends, Tatler
Located in a former prison, the 65-room Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet is a true gem and a welcomed relief from the chain's usual &quo ...
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W Istanbul, Akaretler Besiktas
Elle Decor, Financial Times, British Harper's Bazaar
There has been lots of buzz about this sleek hotel in Istanbul. Harper's Bazaar and the FT raved about the W Istanbul's decor. &quo ...
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Park Hyatt-Macka Palas, Nisantasi
Elle Decor, Financial Times, DailyCandy
"Cool your heels at the Park Hyatt-Maçka Palas, a restored deco beauty in upscale Nisantasi and one of Istanbul’s newest hotels. Book ...
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Hotel Ibrahim Pasha, Sultanahmet
British Harper's Bazaar
Bazaar's good value hotel in Istanbul. "Just off the Hippodrome in Sultanahmet, this dinky building has a tiny roof terrace, 16 comfy rooms, and gr ...
A'jia, Kanlika
British Harper's Bazaar, Our Friends, Tatler
Boutique hotel in Istanbul with an excellent restaurant, located in a villa on the Asian side of the Bosphorus.  Comfortable beds in 10&n ...
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Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Besiktas
Our Friends, Elle
Grand, venerable, luxury hotel on the Bosphorus. Elle raved about The Ciragan Palace Kempinski's vast pool on the riverbank. ...
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Empress Zoe, Sultanahmet
Our Friends
The Empress Zoe provides a decent, good value place to stay in the old city. It is built around the remains of a 15th-century bathho ...
The Sofa Hotel, Nisantasi
Our Friends, Wallpaper
Located among the city's designer shops, in the stylish Nisantasti area, is this minimalist-chic boutique hotel. Rooms have multi-channel LCD ...

Where to Eat

Alancha, Besiktas
Wallpaper
New foodie hotspot in a slick two-story space, by acclaimed chef Kamil Demirasal.  "Using fresh ingredients from Demirasal's own farm, ...
Duble Mezze Bar, Golden Horn
Financial Times, Financial Times
"The new Duble meze bar on a roof terrace overlooking the Golden Horn serves street food such as goat pachanga to the jeunesse dorée in a ...
Vogue, Besiktas
Financial Times
"For the big romantic night out, it has to be Vogue. Ignore the unprepossessing location atop an office block: this is the glamorous place to en ...
Gaspar, Karakoy, Necatibey Caddesi
Wallpaper
Cool new restaurant in Karakoy by Ferit Sarper, housed inside a century-old printing house - a beautiful neo-classical building with high ceilings. & ...
Kale, Bosphorus
Financial Times
Kale Cafe is "especially good on a sunny weekend morning for a long lazy, ceremonial Turkish breakfast while enjoying the views of the Bosp ...
Tapasuma, Sumahan on the Water
Wallpaper
Chic new restaurant housed in a restored 19th century Ottoman distillery, offering some of the best waterside views in Istanbul, according to Wallpap ...
Meshur Tavaci Recep Usta
Financial Times
A favourite restaurant of savvy locals in Istanbul. "Beautiful garden and superb service. You can often come across many Turkish celebritie ...
Mikla, Beyoglu
British Harper's Bazaar, Elle Decor
Elle Decor writes about Mikla Restaurant, "Mehmet Gurs's refined modern cuisine and the breathtaking views draw a hip crowd." If you pl ...
Bistro Funfatale, Kurucesme
Tatler
Tatler recommends a waterside lunch at "funky" Bistro Funfatale in Les Ottomans Hotel.   For dinner in Istanbul,  Tatler a ...
Ciya Sofrasi, Kadikoy, Asian side
Financial Times
Lucy Tuck for the FT praises Ciya Sofrasi -- "an unassuming but wildly ambitious place run by chef Musa Dagdeviren that serves delicious yet ine ...
Anjelique, Ortakoy, Bosphorus
Wallpaper
Revamped Istanbul nightclub/lounge/restaurant, whose new interior won the praises of Wallpaper.  Spectacular views over the Bosphorus. Wallpaper ...
Lacivert, Anadolu Hisan
Elle Decor
"Spectacular seafood in a magical setting on the Asian side."  An Elle Decor restaurant pick for Istanbul.  Learn more about co ...
Kantin, Nisantasi
Elle Decor
"Bright and airy lunch spot [in Istanbul] serving a seasonal menu. Don't miss the new terrace in back or patisserie downstairs." [Elle Decor, ...
Müzede Changa, Taksim
Elle Decor, Wallpaper, Wallpaper
Trendy restaurant in Istanbul serving traditional Turkish food with a modern twist.   Cutting edge, modern decor.  "Archit ...
Sultanahmet Koftecisi, Sultanahmet
Elle Decor
Sultanahmet Koftecisi is "known for [Istanbul's] best kofte (savory spiced meatballs)."  [Elle Decor, September 2009] Get other cool trav ...
Sunset Grill Bar
Financial Times
An FT outdoor restaurant pick for Istanbul, set in a park offering great views over the city and the Bosphorus (and cool breezes during the su ...
Borsa
Financial Times
Not hip, but a good choice in you're curious about life of the haute bourgeosie in Istanbul. "The presentation at Borsa, where the cream of Tu ...
NuPera, Beyoglu
DailyCandy
Good spot for late-night drinks in Istanbul. "End your evening with locals at rooftop boite NuPera to bask en plein air and behold the minaret ...
Zuma
Wallpaper
The Istanbul outpost of the buzzy contemporary Japanese restaurant in London and Hong Kong.  A large waterfront terrace offers great views. ...
Refik, Tunel
British Harper's Bazaar
"Refik is an old-fashioned meyhane -- a sort of Turkish tavern, where food counts: go for the minced-meat borek and -- seasonally -- the fried anch ...
Darulziyafe
British Harper's Bazaar
"This is not far from the Grand Bazaar, in the old courtyard of the Suleymaniye Mosque's kitchens. It has great surroundings and real Ottoman cuisi ...
Balikci Sabahattin, Sabahattin
British Harper's Bazaar
"A popular fish restaurant in an old wooden house below Topkapi Palace;  waiters bring you a selection of fish on a tray, and then cook it for ...
Reina and Sortie, Ortakoy
British Harper's Bazaar
Two hot spots on the waterfront between Ortakoy and Kurucesme, "where Istanbul's party people head after hours. Reina and Sortie are jumbles of res ...
Beyti, Florya
Financial Times, Our Friends
Top choice for excellent meat in Istanbul.  A favourite restaurant of star Istanbul chef, Gencay Ucok, according to the attached FT review. ...
Cengelkoy Iskele, Cengelkoy
Our Friends
Excellent seafood restaurant on the Asian side of the Bosphorus.  Authentic, traditional style Istanbul restaurant with great views over the B ...
Istanbul Modern Café, Karakoy
Our Friends
A true treat.  Enjoy magnificent views of the Bosphorus and the historic district of Istanbul.  Wide outdoor terrace for warm days.& ...