3 Hour Activities


ALANCHA
Hüsrev Gerede Caddesi, Şehit Mehmet Sokak No:9
+90-(0)212-261-3535
tr.alancha.com

TAKE A BITE OUT OF TRADITION

  • Sample a multi-course tasting menu that pushes the boundaries of Turkish cuisine
  • Try the lunch fare inspired by local markets, including a juice-pairing menu

Windsurfing champion Kemal Demirasal made waves in the seaside resort of Alaçatı with his farm-to-table restaurant, Alancha. His smart Istanbul outpost pays homage to Turkey’s cosmopolitan culinary heritage. The 20-course Big Migration tasting menu (served at spotlighted tables by handsome chefs with oversize beards and glasses) pushes the boundaries of Turkish cuisine. Iced puffed-wheat soup, Bosnian beef jerky with truffle cream, and sea bass with garum and samphire are some of the standouts. During the day, there’s a reasonably priced two- or three-course lunch menu inspired by produce from local markets. This place takes sourcing and seasonality so seriously that there’s even a juice-pairing menu.

To taste Turkey’s culinary heritage, head to Alancha. It’s on Şht. Mehmet Sokak at the very end of the road.

ALANCHA
Hüsrev Gerede Caddesi, Şehit Mehmet Sokak No:9
+90-(0)212-261-3535
tr.alancha.com

MINOA
52/A Süleyman Seba Caddesi, Park Apt.
+90-(0)212-236-9452

RAMPA
Şair Nedim Caddesi No:21a
+90-(0)212-327-0800

Art ON Istanbul
Meşrutiyet Cd. Oteller SK. Hanif Binası No.1A Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu
+90-(0)212259-1543
artonistanbul.com

GILE
Şair Nedim Caddesi, Sıra Evleri E-Blok No:14
+90-(0)212-327-1166
gilerestaurant.com

SIDIKA
38 Şair Nedim Caddesi
+90-(0)212-259-7232
sidika.com.tr

VISIT THE YOUNG TURKS

  • Make your way to a strip of town houses, a hub for serious art collectors
  • Stop for coffee at a bookstore-café, then check out installations by emerging artists
  • Splurge on an eight-course Turkish tasting menu or try a laid-back local bistro

Originally designed to house top brass from nearby Dolmabahçe Palace, the Akaretler Row Houses were restored to their Neoclassical splendor a few years ago. This strip of dusky pink town houses in Beşiktaş is now a hub for serious art collectors and big spenders. It’s also the perfect destination for people watching. Grab a cappuccino at Minoa, a bookstore-café with a terrific selection of local guidebooks. Check out installations by emerging artists at Rampa and art ON Istanbul. Worked up an appetite? Splurge on the five- or the eight-course tasting menu at Gile, where unusual Turkish ingredients are celebrated: lamb is roasted with licorice paste for 41 hours or served with mastic and goat’s milk. There’s a whole wall of wines to try—ask the approachable sommelier for advice on the best bottle from Turkey (we recommend any of the Turasan wines from Cappadocia). Be sure to book ahead; the restaurant is tiny. Or, try your luck at lunchtime, when a more casual “bistro menu” is served. For a more laid-back vibe, Sidika serves traditional Turkish dishes with a twist (sea bass wrapped in grape leaves) and with a jazzy soundtrack. Locals travel across town for the delicate fish soup on Fridays, the only day lunch is available.

You can find the Akaretler Row Houses in Beşiktaş. Go to the intersection of Şair Nedim Caddesi and Süleyman Seba Caddesi and you’ll see the strip of pink town houses. Here, you can also find art ON. Go down Süleyman Seba Caddesi for a meal at Minoa or stroll Şair Nedim Caddesi to find the rest of the art and food experiences.

MINOA
52/A Süleyman Seba Caddesi, Park Apt.
+90-(0)212-236-9452

RAMPA
Şair Nedim Caddesi No:21a
+90-(0)212-327-0800

Art ON Istanbul
Meşrutiyet Cd. Oteller SK. Hanif Binası No.1A Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu
+90-(0)212259-1543
artonistanbul.com

GILE
Şair Nedim Caddesi, Sıra Evleri E-Blok No:14
+90-(0)212-327-1166
gilerestaurant.com

SIDIKA
38 Şair Nedim Caddesi
+90-(0)212-259-7232
sidika.com.tr

GALATA MEVLEVIHANESI
Sahkulu Mh. Galip, Dede Caddesi No:15
+90-(0)212-245-4141
galatamevlevihanesimuzesi.gov.tr
Closed Mondays

ASMALI CAVIT
16/D Asmali Mescit Caddesi No:16/D
+90-(0)212-292-4950

WATCH DERVISHES WHIRL

  • Experience Istanbul’s oldest dervish lodge with a small museum dedicated to Sufism
  • Watch the real-life mystics whirl themselves into religious ecstasy
  • Check out a cozy tavern with traditional cocktails and authentic eats

Feel the urge to escape the throng parading up and down İstiklal? Duck into the Galata Mevlevihanesi, Istanbul’s oldest dervish lodge. Set in peaceful gardens, just south of Tünel Square, the small museum dedicated to Sufism (a mystical sect of Islam) is populated with dioramas depicting various traditional rituals (imagine Madame Tussauds full of dervishes). Far more alluring are the real-life mystics who whirl themselves into a religious ecstasy every Sunday at 5 p.m. Take your place in one of the ornately carved booths lining the octagonal hall and you’ll be mesmerized by the uplifting performance. Afterwards, keep your spirits up at one of the meyhanes—cozy taverns where alcohol is liberally served—clustered around Tünel. A five-minute stroll up İstiklal is Asmalı Cavit, where the Istanbullu intelligentsia gossip over raki, the potent anise liquor known as “lion’s milk.” From the meze tray, choose the börek (phyllo triangles stuffed with spicy beef) and topik (an Armenian specialty of crushed chickpeas with cumin, raisins, and onions), but save room for slivers of lamb liver and fried calamari. The tables upstairs have the liveliest buzz.

To get to Galata Mevlevihanesi Lodge, find Galip Dede Caddesi in Tünel Square. Galip Dede Caddesi is an extension of İstiklal Caddesi. When you’re ready for food, head up the road to Asmalı Mescit Caddesi and Asmalı Cavit restaurant is on the left.

GALATA MEVLEVIHANESI
Sahkulu Mh. Galip, Dede Caddesi No:15
+90-(0)212-245-4141
galatamevlevihanesimuzesi.gov.tr
Closed Mondays

ASMALI CAVIT
16/D Asmali Mescit Caddesi No:16/D
+90-(0)212-292-4950

LOCALLY ISTANBUL
locallyistanbul.com
Three-hour cruise €600, including a guide and a bottle of wine

PARK FORA
Muallim Naci Caddesi, Topuzlu Parkı İçi No:54/A
+90-(0)212-265-5063
parkfora.com

GET ON THE WATER

  • Hire your own speedboat to take you around the hottest spots along the Bosphorus
  • Enjoy the excellent grilled fish and exhaustive wine list at a lovely waterfront restaurant

The Bosphorus, one of the world’s busiest waterways, is lined with beautiful yalıs (waterfront villas), baroque palaces, and seaside villages. Although the ferry schedules can be maddeningly hard to decipher, the busy commuter boats are a more authentic experience than a cheesy tourist cruise. Better still, hire your own speedboat via Locally Istanbul, whose savvy guides are up to speed with all the hottest spots. They’ll pick you up from Beşiktaş pier, a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Set off at sunset and coast past bohemian Ortaköy, quaint Arnavutköy, chichi Bebek, and Rumeli Hisarı—a giant fortress built in four months—all the way to Anadolu Kavağı, where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea. Ask your skipper to drop you off at Park Fora, a fancy seafood restaurant in Kuruçeşme. It’s worth paying a premium for the excellent grilled fish, exhaustive wine list, and lovely setting in a waterfront park.

Rent your own speedboat at Locally Istanbul, located at the roundabout of Ataşehir Bulvarı and Turgut Özal Bulvarı. They’ll pick you up from Beşiktaş pier, which is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Hop off the boat in Kuruçeşme for seafood at Park Fora. It’s on Muallim Naci Caddesi and easy to spot.

LOCALLY ISTANBUL
locallyistanbul.com
Three-hour cruise €600, including a guide and a bottle of wine

PARK FORA
Muallim Naci Caddesi, Topuzlu Parkı İçi No:54/A
+90-(0)212-265-5063
parkfora.com

KILIC ALI PASA BATHS
1 Bath Street
+90-(0)-212-393-8010
kilicalipasahamami.com

ISTANBUL MODERN
The Ottoman National Assembly Street, Field Warehouse No. 4
+90-(0)-212-334-7300
istanbulmodern.org

GET THEE TO THE HAMMAM

  • Experience a 16th-century Ottoman bathhouse designed by a renowned architect
  • Sweat it out on the heated marble slab and do an exfoliation treatment to get glowing
  • Retox with a cocktail on a terrace, in a prime location to watch ships cruise the Bosphorus

The afternoon in Hammam is an Istanbul ritual not to be missed-but avoid the tourist traps in the Old City, where brusque staff will give you a brutal pummeling in less-than-salubrious surroundings. Instead, our concierge can help you book a session at the 16th-century Kılıç Ali Pasa Hamam, designed by renowned Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. This glorious bathhouse reopened in 2012 after a seven-year restoration; the skylit dome alone is worth the steep entrance fee. Yes, it’s pricier than the average saunas, but it’s also more opulent and absolutely immaculate. Leave your inhibitions at home-but bring your bikini bottom. Nudity is not permitted and the sexes are segregated (8 am to 4 pm for women, 4:30 pm to 11:30 pm for men). Strip down and sweat it out on the heated marble slab, before an İngilizce-speaking therapist Gives you a very thorough exfoliation. (There are less-abrasive scrub-downs for kids, under-5’s go free.) You’ll emerge with glowing skin, especially if you treat yourself to a post-scrub, olive oil massage. Retox with a cocktail on the terrace of Istanbul Modern, a five-minute walk away. There’s no better place to watch ships cruise down the Bosphorus straits. A new painting and sculpture museum is set to open next door in 2016. 

Find this 16th-century hammam by heading east on Kemeralti Street. Turn right onto Bath Street and you’ll spot the rounded dome of this Turkish bath house. From here, you can find the Istanbul Modern by A continuing east for two blocks. You’ll see the museum on the waterfront.

KILIC ALI PASA BATHS
1 Bath Street
+90-(0)-212-393-8010
kilicalipasahamami.com

ISTANBUL MODERN
The Ottoman National Assembly Street, Field Warehouse No. 4
+90-(0)-212-334-7300
istanbulmodern.org

FASHION AT EYE
Kemankeş Mahallesi Rihtim Caddesi, 53 Fransiz Geçidi C 9
fashionateye.com

ECE AJANDASI
Kemankesh Mahallesi Necatibey Caddesi No:30
+90-(0)212-522-5544
eceajandasi.com

MAE ZAE
Hoca Tahsin Sok. Akçe Han 16-A
+90-(0)212-288-7768
maezae.com

KARAKÖY LOKANTASI
Kemankeş Caddesi No: 37A
+90-(0)212-292-4455
karakoylokantasi.com

NAMLI GURME
Rıhtım Caddesi, 1 Katotopark Alti
+90-(0)212-293-6880
namligida.com.tr

KARAKÖY GÜLLÜOĞLU
Rıhtım Caddesi,No: 3-4 Karaköy
+90-(0)212-293-0910
karakoygulluoglu.com

HANG OUT WITH HIPSTERS IN KARAKÖY

  • Discover Istanbul’s hippest neighborhood, filled with vintage stores and trendy eateries
  • Browse antiques and accessories, leather-bound notebooks and stylish sunglasses
  • Try famous fritters, classic slow cooked beef and the best baklava in the world

Not long ago, you could pull up a stool at Karaköy’s fish market and feast on dirt-cheap seafood with complementary views of the Old City. These ramshackle market restaurants were recently bulldozed to make way for a controversial cruise port, and most of the hardware stores in the backstreets have morphed into cocktail bars and concept stores. But Istanbul’s hippest ’hood (a 15-minute taxi ride from the Conrad) is still delightfully rough around the edges. Shop for vintage sunglasses at Fashion At Eye in the French Arcade, leather-bound notebooks at Ece Ajandası, and antiques and accessories at Mae Zae, a basement “life store.” Namli Gurme is the Zabar’s of Istanbul, packed to the rafters with pistachios, olives, and pastırma (cured beef). It’s also a hugely popular breakfast spot, if you can navigate the arcane ordering system. (Make your selection from the glass display counter, a smorgasbord of cheeses and charcuterie, and ask about the daily specials. Or just order a traditional Turkish breakfast, which includes a wonderful house-made sour-cherry jam.) The lines can be crazy at Karaköy Güllüoğlu next door, but you won’t regret the wait: this is undoubtedly the best baklava in the world. Connoisseurs go for the emerald-green pistachio varieties.

Begin your experience by heading to Karaköy, which is just a 15-minute cab ride from Conrad. You can start at Fashion at Eye, which is on a small backstreet that connects Kemankeş Caddesi and Mumhane Caddesi. Explore the neighborhood on foot to find the best concept stores and cocktail bars.

FASHION AT EYE
Kemankeş Mahallesi Rihtim Caddesi, 53 Fransiz Geçidi C 9
fashionateye.com

ECE AJANDASI
Kemankesh Mahallesi Necatibey Caddesi No:30
+90-(0)212-522-5544
eceajandasi.com

MAE ZAE
Hoca Tahsin Sok. Akçe Han 16-A
+90-(0)212-288-7768
maezae.com

KARAKÖY LOKANTASI
Kemankeş Caddesi No: 37A
+90-(0)212-292-4455
karakoylokantasi.com

NAMLI GURME
Rıhtım Caddesi, 1 Katotopark Alti
+90-(0)212-293-6880
namligida.com.tr

KARAKÖY GÜLLÜOĞLU
Rıhtım Caddesi,No: 3-4 Karaköy
+90-(0)212-293-0910
karakoygulluoglu.com

ARTER
İstiklal Caddesi No: 211
+90-(0)212-708-5800
arter.org.tr

SALT Galata
Arap Cami Mah. Bankalar Caddesi No:11
+90-212-334-22-00

KAFE ARA
Tomtom Mahallesi, Tosbağa Sokak No:2
+90-(0)212-245-4105
kafeara.com

HACI BEKIR
83/6 İstiklal Caddesi
+90-(0)212-245-1375

TAKE A TRAM RIDE

  • Feel the pulse of modern Istanbul and ride the “nostalgic tram” through history
  • Roll past landmarks, cutting-edge gallery displays and eye-catching architecture
  • Explore a six-story art space, a cozy photo café and a Turkish delight emporium

Nearly three million people parade up and down pedestrian İstiklal Caddesi every Saturday and Sunday. Day or night, this is the place to feel the pulse of modern Istanbul, with its sneaker stores, fast-food joints, and avant-garde galleries. But you can also get a sense of the city’s history by hopping aboard the “nostalgic tram” that rattles along the 1.6km from Tünel to Taksim Square, pinging its bell to part the crowds. (The schedule is erratic, but the tram departs roughly every 15 minutes throughout the day.) Squeeze into the wood-paneled carriage at Tünel and watch old and new landmarks slowly roll by. The window displays at Arter, a cutting-edge gallery, are always eye-catching. SALT Beyoğlu, a six-story cultural and research institution with a secret rooftop garden, hosts exhibitions, screenings, and has an excellent English-language bookstore, Robinson Crusoe, hidden on the fourth floor. Opposite the Galatasaray Lycee, cozy Kafe Ara is named after Magnum photographer Ara Güler, whose iconic black-and-white pictures of Istanbul adorn the walls. (You might spot the grizzly photographer himself, sipping fresh mint lemonade at his favorite table.) Alight at Taksim and backtrack a couple of blocks to Haci Bekir, a Turkish delight emporium that’s been in business since 1777. The kaymak lokum made with clotted cream is irresistible.

Head to Tünel Square to catch the tram. Climb aboard and you’ll ride past Arter, Salt and Haci Bekir which are all on İstiklal Caddesi. Kafe Ara is just off the main road, on Tosbağa Sokak.

ARTER
İstiklal Caddesi No: 211
+90-(0)212-708-5800
arter.org.tr

SALT Galata
Arap Cami Mah. Bankalar Caddesi No:11
+90-212-334-22-00

KAFE ARA
Tomtom Mahallesi, Tosbağa Sokak No:2
+90-(0)212-245-4105
kafeara.com

HACI BEKIR
83/6 İstiklal Caddesi
+90-(0)212-245-1375

KONAK
Bereketzade Mah.Hoca Ali Sk. No: 2
+90-(0)212-252-5346

STUDIO
Ilk Belediye Caddesi 4/2
+90-(0)212-243-4356

NYKS
Boğazkesen Cad. No:90
+90-212-243-4364

LIGHTWORK DESIGN
20/C Hoca Ali Sokak
+90-(0)212-245-7826
http://lightwork-design.com/

HAMM
71/A Boğazkesen Caddesi
+90-(0)533-234-1122
hamm.com.tr

YENI LOKANTA
Kumbaracı Yokuşu No: 66
+90-(0)212-292-2550

HIT BEYOĞLU’S BACKSTREETS

  • Start the day with sensational city views at a kitschy rooftop restaurant
  • Explore designer showrooms of silk dresses, organic candles and colorful lamps
  • Head to a hub of up-and-coming designers with standout denim and housewares

Don’t bother queuing to ride the elevator to the top of the 14th-century Galata Tower, at one time the tallest building in Istanbul. The views across the Golden Horn to the minarets of Sultanahmet are equally sensational at Konak, a kitschy rooftop restaurant where Turks flock for breakfast on sunny weekends (along with plenty of scavenging seagulls). A glass of industrial-strength Turkish tea will set you up for a morning exploring the designer showrooms in the surrounding cobblestoned streets. Studio does affordable silk separates by Bis Wear and beautifully cut dresses by Yasemin Ozeri. Around the corner, Serdar-i-Ekrem is lined with intriguing boutiques including NYKS, where the organic candles come in reusable marble and copper pots. The colorful brass lamps at Lightwork Design are also handmade. Boğazkesen Caddesi in the neighboring Tomtom district is another hub of up-and-coming designers: Check out simple marble coasters and wooden candleholders from Hamm. Wander past the old-school artisans on Kumbaracı Yokuşu to Yeni Lokanta, an upmarket meyhane. Order meltingly tender octopus with purslane and smoked eggplant and walnut-studded sausage on broad-bean puree, and mop it up with warm bread from the wood-fired oven.

For breakfast with a view, make your way to Konak, which is at the intersection of Bereketzade Medresesi and Bereketzade Cami. Studio is just a few minutes north, on İlk Belediye Caddesi. Wander the neighborhood and you’ll find the rest of the great boutiques. Make sure you stroll down Boğazkesen Caddesi.

KONAK
Bereketzade Mah.Hoca Ali Sk. No: 2
+90-(0)212-252-5346

STUDIO
Ilk Belediye Caddesi 4/2
+90-(0)212-243-4356

NYKS
Boğazkesen Cad. No:90
+90-212-243-4364

LIGHTWORK DESIGN
20/C Hoca Ali Sokak
+90-(0)212-245-7826
http://lightwork-design.com/

HAMM
71/A Boğazkesen Caddesi
+90-(0)533-234-1122
hamm.com.tr

YENI LOKANTA
Kumbaracı Yokuşu No: 66
+90-(0)212-292-2550

ÜMIT BERKSOY
İnciciler Sokak 2
+90-(0)212-522-3391

IZNIK ART
Halıcılar Street. No:18
+90-(0)212-512-3473
iznik-art.com

KOC DERI
Kapalicarsi Kurkculer No: 22-46
+90-(0)212-527-5553
kocderi.com

Lonca Sovenier
Halıcılar Caddesi No. 58/60
+90-(0)212-526-3070
abdulla.com

FES CAFÉ
Halıcılar Caddesi 58-62
+90-(0)212-528-1613
fescafe.com

ARMAGGAN
Nuruosmaniye Caddesi No: 65
+90-(0)212-522-4433
armaggan.com

HILAT
Serefefendi Sokak, Seref Han No: 58
+90-(0)212-520-0171
hilat.com

DÖNERCI ŞAHIN USTA
Nuruosmaniye Kılıççılar Sokak No:7
+90-(0)212-526-5297

BAG A BARGAIN AT THE BAZAAR

  • Navigate through the Grand Bazaar to discover local treasures
  • Stroll the streets and browse classic Turkish tiles, jewelry, biker jackets and linens
  • Visit a café with fresh-pressed juices and a hole-in-the-wall with succulent kebabs

With over 3,000 shops, the Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) can be overwhelming—especially if you hate haggling. (As a rule: feign indifference, never name your price, don’t lose your cool, and be prepared to drink copious glasses of tea.) But there’s treasure to be found if you know where to look. Streets are organized according to their wares, with store after rival store selling kilims, leathers, turbans, or tiles. For jewelry, make a beeline for Ümit Berksoy’s tiny studio in Iç Bedestan, the antiques market that dates back to Byzantium. Berksoy’s delicate brooches and rings shaped like dragonflies, bees, and lizards are studded with precious gems. Just outside Iç Bedestan, Iznik Art produces brilliant copies of classic Turkish tiles. For biker jackets, your best bet is Koc Deri. The fresh-pressed juices at Fes Café next door will perk you up when the pushy hawkers start to grate. There are rich pickings just outside the covered bazaar, too: check out Armaggan, a one-stop shop for contemporary Turkish designs, and Hilat for bold, solid gold jewelry inspired by antiquities. Need to refuel? Follow the shopkeepers to Dönerci Şahin Usta, a hole-in-the-wall that doles out succulent döner kebabs laced with sumac. Pick up sumac, pul biber (mild chili flakes), and hibiscus tea from any of the stalls outside the Spice Bazaar—they’re way cheaper (and fresher) there than at the tourist traps inside. Ask the shopkeeper to vacuum-pack your purchases so your luggage is spared.

First, figure out what you want from the Grand Bazaar. Then, find the street it’s on. For jewelry, make a beeline to İnciciler Sokak. Find brilliant Turkish tiles on Halıcılar and biker jackets on Kapalicarsi Kurkculer. Find high-quality linens and fresh juice on Halıcılar Caddesi. Be sure to check out the other great shops just outside the covered bazaar.

ÜMIT BERKSOY
İnciciler Sokak 2
+90-(0)212-522-3391

IZNIK ART
Halıcılar Street. No:18
+90-(0)212-512-3473
iznik-art.com

KOC DERI
Kapalicarsi Kurkculer No: 22-46
+90-(0)212-527-5553
kocderi.com

Lonca Sovenier
Halıcılar Caddesi No. 58/60
+90-(0)212-526-3070
abdulla.com

FES CAFÉ
Halıcılar Caddesi 58-62
+90-(0)212-528-1613
fescafe.com

ARMAGGAN
Nuruosmaniye Caddesi No: 65
+90-(0)212-522-4433
armaggan.com

HILAT
Serefefendi Sokak, Seref Han No: 58
+90-(0)212-520-0171
hilat.com

DÖNERCI ŞAHIN USTA
Nuruosmaniye Kılıççılar Sokak No:7
+90-(0)212-526-5297

MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE
Çukurcuma Caddesi, Dalgıç Çıkmazı, 2
+90-(0)212-252-9738
en.masumiyetmuzesi.org

ÇUKURCUMA KÖFTECISI
Çukurcuma St. Hacıoğlu Sokak No: 1/A
+90-(0)212-245-0833
cukurcumakoftecisi.com

MUZ
18/A Hayriye Caddesi
+90-(0)212-243-2262
muz.se

MUNFERIT
Yeni Çarşı Caddesi No:19
+90-(0)212-252-5067
munferit.com.tr

GO BACK IN TIME

  • Explore an extraordinary museum with everyday ephemera curated by a Nobel laureate
  • Find a variety of vintage delights on the winding streets of Çukurcuma
  • Try a family-run lunch spot for tastes of the past or a 21st-century botanical café

The Museum of Innocence is an extraordinary melding of fact and fiction: while writing his eponymous novel, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk scoured the antique shops of Çukurcuma for everyday ephemera from Istanbul dating from 1950 to 2000. These cigarette cases and hair clips, faded photographs and lottery tickets made their way into his book—and then into this museum, a poignant eulogy to a lost love and a changing city. But even today, Çukurcuma’s steep and winding streets are stuffed with vintage delights. Even the local lunch spot, Çukurcuma Köftecisi—a family-run diner dedicated to the humble meatball—seems to be from another era. But there are flashes of 21st-century Istanbul, too: At Muz, a “botanical café,” you can pick up a cactus with your cappuccino, while at Munferit, a sultry meyhane-speakeasy, owner Ferit Sarper’s family produces the triple-distilled Beylerbeyi raki (not for the faint of heart). We think it might be safer to stick to the passion-fruit martinis.

For this extraordinary experience, make your way to the Çukurcuma neighborhood. Find the museum where Palaska Sokak intersects with Çukur Cuma Caddesi. Follow Çukurcuma’s steep and winding streets to find the rest of the retro shops and cafés.

MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE
Çukurcuma Caddesi, Dalgıç Çıkmazı, 2
+90-(0)212-252-9738
en.masumiyetmuzesi.org

ÇUKURCUMA KÖFTECISI
Çukurcuma St. Hacıoğlu Sokak No: 1/A
+90-(0)212-245-0833
cukurcumakoftecisi.com

MUZ
18/A Hayriye Caddesi
+90-(0)212-243-2262
muz.se

MUNFERIT
Yeni Çarşı Caddesi No:19
+90-(0)212-252-5067
munferit.com.tr