Istanbul is a city with so much to offer, and is visually stimulating and beautiful. Like what you hear? Read on…
Upon arrival, take a walk down Istanbul’s most famous avenue, Istiklal Caddesi, which is filled with boutiques, restaurants, patisseries and galleries. Ada Cafe & Bistro (http://www.adakitapcafe.com) doubles as a book and music shop, and is the perfect spot for a Turkish coffee.
If art’s your thing, spend the afternoon visiting the Misir Apartments (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mısır-Apartment/110456482466663?rf=121746384589627#). The building is a beautifully restored Art Nouveau apartment, and has housed some of the city’s coolest art galleries. It also features 360 Istanbul (http://www.360istanbul.com) at the very top. A rooftop bar and restaurant with a view that matches it’s name, so grab a martini and reflect on the day’s culture.
Head to the newly opened Soho House for drinks and dinner (https://www.sohohouseistanbul.com/en/house). They offer Aegean eating & drinking on the Mandolin Terrace which is sure to present delectable delights. While here, why not stay the night? 87 gorgeous bedrooms are on offer, and with a rooftop pool too, it’s impossible to turn down…
No trip to Istanbul would be complete without a trip on the Bosporus, and TurYol (http://www.turyol.com) operates smaller and faster boats for both locals and tourists. You can grab a 90 minute ride where the captain stays close to the shore so you can check out the charming old wooden Ottoman houses, luxury villas and many upscale restaurants, clubs and hotels.
Finally, for that lasting memory of Istanbul, visit the Hagia Sophia (http://www.hagiasophia.com).
Until next time…Hoşça kalın