ISTANBUL

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    Istanbul is one of the oldest and largest cities of Europe, with quite a particular historic significance, located near Asia Minor, on the Sea of Marmara. The so-called City of Cities is also situated on the Bosphorus and its suburbs extend over both banks (Roumélie in Europe and Anatolia in Asia). The Western part (the European bank) contains the historic center which extends on all sides of the Golden Horn. In the South, is old Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople. In the north of the Golden Horn are Galata and Péra, the old Latin Quarters. With its 14 million inhabitants, it is a swarming city, full of animation. Anarchy, traffic chaos, the noise from curb-side businesses and the steep streets, all mean that it can be exhausting for travellers. However, once the sounds and seeming confusion have been assimilated, there is much to see and do. With a rich underground culture, part of Istanbul's beauty is in discovering its hidden gems .

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    LACIVERT

    Lacivert Restaurant Is One Of The Best Seafood Restaurants In Europe Under The Direction Of Chef Huseyin Ceylan / The Location Is Very Charming On The Shores Of The Anatolian Side Of Istanbul And Offers A Romantic And Picturesque Coastal View Of The Bosphorus / The Cuisine At Lacivert Combines Mediterranean And Turkish Flavours / The Calamari And The Sea Bass Are Recommended

    Anadolu Hisarı Mh., Körfez Cd. No:57, 34410 Beykoz +902164133753 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    DUBLE MEZE BAR

    Located In The Very Centre On The Rooftop Of The Palazzo Donizetti Hotel This Restaurant And Bar Has 360 Views Over The City, Including The Golden Horn / Once Dinner Is Over, The Resident DJ Keeps The Party Going Until Well Into The Morning / It's Fun, Welcoming And Reasonably Priced

    Palazzo Donizetti Hotel, Asmalı Mescit Mah., Meşrutiyet Cad., 34420 İstiklal +902122440188 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    VOGUE

    For People Who Are Visiting Istanbul, Vogue Restaurant Is A Must Do / Since Opening In 1997 It Has Been On 'Best' Lists For Its Ambiance And Food / With Great Views Of The Topkapi Palace And Bosphorus, The Location Is Matched By Immaculate Service And A Great Menu / Offering Mediterranean And International Favourites There Is Also A Great Sushi Selection

    Akaretler Spor Cad. No:92 BJK Plaza A Blok K:1 Beşiktaş, 34357 +902122274404 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    TAPASUMA

    On The Banks Of The Bosphorus, This Is A Delightfully Quiet Setting For A Fine Meal / Attached To Sumahan Hotel, It's Located In A Restored Ottoman Distillery And Offers A Contemporary Dining Experience / The Cuisine Focuses On Seasonal Fish Dishes And Modern Turkish And Mediterranean Specialities / It Has A Long Bar Which Is Perfect For Casual Lunches While At Night The Atmosphere Is Decidedly Romantic / Prices Are Reasonable, Especially Considering The Atmosphere And Location

    Çengelköy Mh., Kuleli Cd No:43, Çengelköy +902164011333 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    ALANCHA

    This Is A Restaurant By A Turkish Chef, Aspiring To Become Michelin-Starred At Any Time / The Menu Originates From Anatolian Delicacies / The Chef Excels In Transformative Cuisine Using Indigenous Products And Turning Them Into A Gourmet Experience / The Open Kitchen And Large Bar Serving Chef Designed Cocktails, Adds To The Theatre Of The Place / The Anatolian Tasting Menu Is Recommended And Offers 16-18 Small Dishes With Two Alternative Options For Pescaterians Or Vegetarians

    Vişnezade Mh., Şht. Mehmet Sk. No:39, 34357 Beşiktaş +902122613535 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    THE HOUSE CAFE BOSPHORUS

    There Are Currently 10 Separate Branches Of The House Cafe - Originally Founded In 2002 By Three Business Partners / The Ortakoy Branch Is The Terraced Restaurant Of The House Hotel And Has A Panoramic View Of The City, From The Ortaköy Mosque To Topkapi Palace / It Is An Authentic Local Experience All The While Overlooking The Bosphorus / They Serve The Best Burger While Their Fish And Chips And Salads Are Also Good

    Ortaköy Salhanesi Sokak No.1 + 902122272699 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    PANDELI

    This Is A Must See Place For Its Beautiful And Traditional Setting At The Egyptian Spice Bazaar / It's Like Stepping Back In Time And Features The Ottoman Stone And Turquoise Tiling From When The Restaurant Was Actually A Turkish Bathhouse / It's In A Touristic Location But It's Still A Great Place Where One Can Enjoy Local Food Traditions And Connect With The Culture

    Hoca Paşa, 34110 Fatih +902125273909 , view website , view on map

     

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    ULUS 29

    One Must Dress To Impress When Visiting Ulus 29 / It's A Combination Of Modern Restaurant And Al Fresco Club - With A Great Dance Floor / The Theatrical Setting Also Combines Incredible Views, Making For A Lovely Atmosphere / There Are Two Areas; The Main Dining Area And A Closed Terrace, Both Are Avant Garde In Nature / They Offer Everything From Turkish To International Favourites Such As Sushi, Pizza, Lobster All Washed Down With A Great Selection Of Wines

    Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Ulus Parkı İçi No. 71/1, Kuruçeşme Ulus +902123582929 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    LEB I DERYA

    This Is The Perfect Address To Embrace The Beauty Of Istanbul With Its Views On The Bosphorus And The Old City / The Views Are The Best Thing About The Place And Create A Sense Of Intimacy / As For Food, Leb-I Derya Offers A Wide Variety Of Superb Mezze And Other Turkish Dishes / In Summer The Lovely Outdoor Terrace Is Candlelit At Night, While In Winter The Beautiful Inside Room Is Cosy

    Şahkulu Mah., Kumbaracı Ykş. No:57, 34425 Tünel/Beyoğlu +902122934989 , view website , view on map

     

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    MUNFERIT

    Munferit Means Individual In Turkish And This Place Lives Up To Its Name / It Comprises A Restaurant On Two Floors, With Two Terraces And Is Frequented By Istanbul's 'Beautiful' Crowd / The Internal Decor Is By Autoban, The Rising Stars Of Istanbul's Design Scene / They Have Created Atmosphere With Statement Lights, Mid-Century Seats And Wood Panelling / The Terrace On The First Floor Is Like An Alleyway And Very Mad Men In Ethos / The Menu Proposes Typically Turkish Food But With A Tapas Twist / They Stock The Best 'Raki' - Beylerbeyi Raki - The Perfect Accompaniment To Their Seafood Dishes

    Yeni Carsi Cad. No:19, Galatasaray, 34425 +902122525067 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    KARAKOY LOKANTASI

    This Is A Busy Restaurant For A Good Reason / Although The Tables Are Close Together, This Adds To The Atmosphere, With Everyone Clearly Enjoying The Experience / The Cuisine Is Predominantly Turkish And There Is English Speaking Help On Hand To Guide Through The Menu / Turkish Wines And Raki Are Recommended / The Fish Is Especially Good / A Great Culinary Experience And It's Best To Reserve Well In Advance

    Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Kemankeş Cd. 37/A, Karaköy +902122924455 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    DELICATESSEN

    Delicatessen Is Located In One Of The Best Neighborhoods In Istanbul - Nisantasi, And Is A Culinary Menagerie Combining A Bakery And Restaurant / It Is Spread Over Two Floors And Features A Well Stocked Shop And Wine Cellar At The Entrance, Selling Their Own Line Of Culinary Accessories / Breakfasts And Coffees Are Popular Here But Long Leisurely Lunches Are Recommended As Well As Their Tapas In The Early Evening

    Harbiye, Mim Kemal Öke Cd. No:19, 34367 Nişantaşı/Şişli +902122250604 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    MIKLA

    Mikla Restaurant Is The Vision Of Turkish-Scandinavian Owner Mehmet Gurs Who Is Considered Something Of A Pioneer / This Is An Exceptional Place Offering An Exceptional View, Stylish Environment And An Excellent Menu / There Is Breathing Space Between Tables And While The Bar Is Small In Winter, It Expands During The Summer Months To Accommodate The Gourmets, Guests And Globetrotters Who Have All Heard Of Mikla's Fame / The Menu Has Original And Delicious Offerings Complemented By An Excellent Wine List

    The Marmara Pera, Meşrutiyet Cd. No:15, 34430 Beyoğlu +902122935656 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    MANGERIE BEBEK

    This Is A Place To Hang Out With Friends / The Venue Is located Up Four Flights Of Stairs In The Hip Bebek District Behind A Hair Salon / The Pared Back Style Is Reminiscent Of A Beach Cafe And Is Ideal For A Non-Traditional Turkish Breakfast, In Fact It Is The Ultimate Brunch Spot / In The Late Afternoon It Is Ideal For Cocktails / In Winter There Is Heating Outside So It Can Be Enjoyed All Year Round

    Bebek, Cevdet Paşa Cd. No:69, 34342 +902122635199 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    MÜZEDE CHANGA

    For Design Aficionados This Is Worth A Visit / The Original Artwork Is Offset With Eames Chairs And Tables With Paul Henningsen PH Copper Artichoke Lamps Dominating The Space / The Menu Is Under The Direction Of Kiwi Chef Peter Gordon Who Brings Flair And Creativity To His Take On Fusion Cuisine / Changa Means 'Mix' In Swahili, And Visitors Will Appreciate The Melange Of Cultures, Sights And Superb Tastes Here

    Sakıp Sabancı Cd. No:42, Emirgan, 34467 Sarıyer +902123230901 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    WITT ISTANBUL SUITES

    Witt Istanbul Suites Offers One Of The Most Beautiful Panoramic Views Of Istanbul Especially From Its Penthouse Or King And Queen Suites / The Terraces Overlook The City And Its Location Means That It Is Only 20 Minutes From The Spice Market / While Proximity To Such A Place Might Raise Alarm, As Well As The Number Of Cats In The Area, One Must Rest Assured All Rooms Are Soundproofed / They Also Include Nespresso Machines, Kitchenettes And Rainfall Showers / A Lobby Bar Serves Fresh, Local Produce And Authentic Dishes Are The Hallmarks Of The Breakfast

    Defterdar Ykş. No:26, 34433 +902122931500 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    GEORGES HOTEL GALATA

    A Haven Of Peace In The Heart Of The Cultural Centre And A Few Steps Away From The Galata Tower / This Is A Stylish Boutique Hotel And All Rooms Feature High Ceilings, Sleek Furniture, Parquet Floors And A Sense Of Space / The Result Is An Elegant, Old World Charm / Rooms Come With Lots Of Amenities (Including An In-Room Yoga Service) While Le Fumoir Restaurant & Terrace & Bar Has A Clubby Feel

    Müeyyedzade, Serdar-ı Ekrem Cd. No:24, Beyoğlu +902122442423 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    THE HOUSE HOTEL NISANTASI

    Situated In The Fashion And Business District Of Nisantasi, This Couldn't Be More Central For Shopping And Luxury Experiences / The Hotel Is Situated Above The Prada Store And Combines Organic Design (By Autoban) With A Sense Of Space - Walk In Closets And Glass Walls Are Features / A Well-Equipped Gym Is On The Top Floor / The General Manager Is A Mine Of Information ( In 5 Languages) And Will Direct Guests To The Best Restaurants In The Area Or The Grand Bazaar

    Harbiye, Abdi İpekçi Cd. No:34, 34367 +902122245999 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    A’ JIA HOTEL

    Far Away From Everything, A'Jia Hotel Is A Fabulous Boutique Hotel In The Most Stunning Setting Right On The Edge Of The Bosphorus / The Rooms In This Ottoman Mansion Are Very Comfortable With All Modern Amenities, Large Marble Bathrooms And, Most Importantly, Huge, Soft Beds / The View From The Terrace Is Outstanding; Whiling Away An Afternoon Looking At The Boats Or Seagulls And The Changing Colours Of The Water Is Inevitable / The Hotel Has Its Own Shuttle Boat That Can Transfer Guests To The European Part Of The City, Where It's More Lively

    Ahmet Rasim Pasa Yalisi Halide Edip Adıvar Caddesi No 27 34810 Kanlica +902164139300 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    4 FLOORS

    A Design Destination In Its Own Right - A Stay Here Combines The Best Of Istanbul's Contemporary Designer Scene With Work By Marcel Wanders, Marc Newson And Ingo Maurer / Spread Over Four Floors, Hence The Name, Each Apartment Or Couture Room Is A Gem Though The Penthouse Is A Favourite / They Each Offer Space And Are Ideal For Groups Of Friends Who Travel Together / The Location Is Perfect For Those Who Want To Stroll Through The Karakoy, Discovering The Many Galleries, Little Design Stores And Cafes In The Area / The Owner Gives A Personalised Service - Handwritten Notes And Local Recommendations Are All Part Of The Impressive Package

    kumbaraci yokusu tercuman cikmazi no: 20, 34433 +905324977921 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SUMAHAN ON THE WATER

    Light And Water Are The Lasting Impressions Of This Remarkable Hotel That Offers Amazing Views Over The Bosphorus / This Is An Excellent Choice For Someone Seeking An Alternative To Staying In The Middle Of The City / Sumahan Is Also A Terrific Place To Use As A Base For Exploring Istanbul / The Hotel Is Very Tastefully Designed Perhaps Not Surprising Considering That The Owners Are Both Architects

    Çengelköy Mh., Kuleli Cd No:43, 34684 +902164228000 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SOHO HOUSE

    Those Familiar With Soho House In Other Locations Will Recognise The "Soho Spirit" In This Impressive Palazzo And Private Members Club / It May Not Suit Travelers Who Look For Traditional Richness And Ottoman Chic / The Rooms Are Amazing, The Design Is Beautiful And The Bathrooms Are Sexy And Stylish / The Gym And The Hammam Are Particularly Wonderful; Both Part Of The Cowshed Spa / Istanbul's Soho House Is Located In A Relatively Calm Part Of A Street Leading Into A Typical "Hip" Part Of Town / The Views Are Especially Good At The Back Of The Hotel, Looking Out Over The Bosphorus And The Other Side Of Istanbul

    EVLIYA ÇELEBI MAHALLESI MEŞRUTIYET CAD. NO:56, 34430 Beyoğlu +902123777100 , view website , view on map

     

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    ATELIER 55

    Atelier 55 Is An Elegantly Designed Boutique Located At The High-End Of Serdar-ı Ekrem Sokak In Galata / The Store Sells A Wide Variety Of Items (Clothing, Shoes, Jewelry, Accessories, Cushions) From A Range Of Turkish And International Designers, Such As Bora Aksu, Batya Kebudi, Misela, R Y Augousti, Umit Benan, Charlotte Olympia, VPL, Lagoa, And The Store’s Own Label Atelier 55 / Everything In The Store, Including All The Furniture And Paintings, Is For Sale / There Is Also A Small Espresso Bar At The Back, In Case A Quick Coffee Break Is Needed / Aterlier 55 Is Continuously Receiving New Designs And Products, And With An Every-Thing-For-Sale Attitude Things Can Disappear Quickly

    Şahkulu, Seraskerci Çk., 34420 Beyoğlu +902122453255 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    BY RETRO

    Featuring A Dazzling Array Of Vintage Clothing From The Past Half-Century, By Retro Is Istanbul’s Oldest And Largest Secondhand Clothing Shop / Men And Women Can Browse A Vast Selection Of Retro Fashions, From Evening Dresses To Peacoats, Vintage Sunglasses To Chandelier Earrings, Glittery Heels To Winter Boots, As Well As Various Household Furniture And Accessories / By Retro Is Located Just Off Of Istiklal Avenue, In Suriye Passage – One Must Watch For The Store’s Sign And Small Display

    Cihangir, İstiklal Cad. Suriye Pasajı No:166/C, Beyoğlu +902122456420 , view on map

     

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    ATÖLYE DŌ BORA

    The Route To Atölye Dö Bora Is Circuitous - One Must Look Out For A Set Of Red Stairs And Old LPs Attached / These Are Both Clues To How Cutting Edge The Boutique Is / This Is Not Just A Secondhand Store, It's Also A Miniature Hair Design Studio As Well / The Owner Of The Store, Bora Şengir, Cuts And Styles In Person, Along With Finding And Choosing Clothes In Different Cities Abroad / One Must Check Out The Racks, Where Bora's Interest In The 70s Is Clear In Every Square Meter

    Hoca Paşa, Serdar Sk. No:1 +902122430812 , view on map

     

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    ISTANBUL MODERN ART MUSEUM

    This Beautiful Museum, Located In Spacious Old Warehouses On The Shores Of The Bosphorus, Has Changed The Turkish Art Scene / It's No Surprise That The Biennale Is Situated Next Door / It Features A Permanent Exhibition Detailing The History Of Modern Turkish Art With Important International Shows And Exhibitions / The Main Attraction For Many However Is Also Its Excellent Restaurant / Be Prepared To Be Surprised By This Museum And Allow Plenty Of Time To Enjoy Its Marvels

    Meclis-i Mebusan Cad., 34433 Beyoğlu +902123347300 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SALT GALATA

    SALT Is An Innovative Institution That Made Its Debut On Istanbul’s Arts Scene In The Beginning Of 2011 / A Non-Profit Organization Funded By Garanti Bank, SALT Has Ambitions Of Becoming Turkey’s Largest Cultural Institution / SALT Is Not A Museum, Art Or Architectural Institution, Research Facility Or Gallery, But A Venue That Stands For Innovation / Working In Conjunction With The Greater Changes That Are Currently Taking Place In Istanbul’s Arts Scene, SALT Hosts Exhibitions And Conferences, Engages In Interdisciplinary Research Projects, And Has A Library And Archives For Public Use / SALT Is A Member Of L’Internationale - A Confederation Of European Museums Which Aims Towards A Shared Use Of Collections And Archives / The Building Was Originally Designed As The Headquarters Of The Ottoman Bank By Aléxandre Vallaury

    Arap Cami, Bankalar Cd. No:11, 34420 Beyoğlu +902123342200 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    SANTRALISTANBUL

    With The Events And Activities It Organizes, Santralistanbul Aspires To Be An International Platform For Arts, Culture And Learning, Inspired By A Comprehensive, Multi-Dimensional And Interdisciplinary Vision Which Promotes Urban Regeneration / In Its Original Incarnation, Before Restoration And Conversion Into Santralistanbul, The Silahtarağa Power Plant Is The Ottoman Empire's First Urban-Scale Power Plant / The Facility Went Into Service On The Golden Horn, Istanbul’s Oldest Industrial Area, In 1911 And Supplied The City With Electricity Up Until 1983 / Today, The Power Plant Stands As A Unique Industrial Heritage Site Following Its Conversion Into Santralistanbul, A Project Which Involved The Collaboration Of Public Sector, Private Sector And Non-Governmental Organizations Alike

    Emniyettepe, Kazım Karabekir Cd. No:2, Eyüp +902123117809 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    MINIMUZIKHOL

    Minimuzikhol Is One Of Istanbul's Premier Nightclubs, Music Venues And Downtown Bars / Founded In Dec 2009, By S.O.A.P And Friends, After The Famous Godet Who Helped Put Istanbul On The Electronic Music Map, The Red Room And Edgar / It Is Home To Istanbul DJs And Producers Barış K., Mini Başhekim, DJ Tutan, Subsky And Undomondo / As The name Suggests, It's A Small Venue So Getting There Between 11pm- 1am Is Recommended

    Cihangir, Soğancı Sk. No:1, Beyoğlu +902122451718 , view website , view on map

     

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    GASPAR KARAKOY

    Gaspar Is Really A Great Choice For A Night Out / Located In The Trendy And Upcoming Neighborhood Of Karakoy (The Meatpacking District Of Istanbul) It Combines A Unique And Trendy Interior, By Autoban, In Velour, Leathers And Wood / Its A Restaurant, Bar, Lounge Spread Over Two Floors / After Trying Out Their Delicacies - Definitely One Must Try The Mushroom Soup With Turbot

    Necati Bey Cad., Arapoğlan Sok. No:6, Beyoğlu +902122936660 , send email, view on map

     

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    LUCCA

    In The Chic District Of Bebek, This Is The Hangout Of Istanbul's Cool Crowd / It's Won Several Awards For Best Brasserie And Best Bar With Its Resident Spanish Chef Delivering Turkish-Asian-International Fusion Cuisine / It's A Restaurant By Day And A Hip Lounge By Night And Party Place During The Week End / In The Evening It Gets Packed As There Are Numerous Local And International DJs Playing For The Select 'Regulars' / This Is An Excellent Place To Have Fun After Dinner And A Night Ride Along The Bosphorus

    Bebek, Cevdet Paşa Cd. No:51, 34342 +902122571255 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    360

    Set In A Penthouse Overlooking Old Embassy Buildings, 360 Istanbul Has A Great View Of The Hagia Sophia Mosque And Sea Of Marmara / As For The Restaurant - It's An Istanbul Institution And Offers A Modern Take On Turkish Meze And International Dishes / The Whole Restaurant Revolves Around Four Concepts; Of Cuisine, Design, Entertainment And Atmosphere / It's Faultless And Great For Group Dinners

    Tomtom Mh., İstiklal Cad. Mısır Apt.No:163 K:8, 34433 Beyoğlu +902122511042 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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    YAZANE

    Yazane Is A Fresh, Funky Coworking Space In Beyoglu / It Brings Together Freelancers And Small Companies In A Stimulating Working Environment With An Inspiring View Of The Bosphorus / At Yazane, There Are Four Rooms, 46 Desks And The Ideal Environment To Encourage Creativity And Socialising / This Is The Ideal Place To Network, Develop New Business Ideas Or Create Synergies With Like-Minded People And The Location Is Designed To Support The Coworking Spirit / Daily, Weekly And Monthly Rates Are Available

    Tophane-İskele Cad. no:12 k:1 Karaköy +902122937900 , send email, view website , view on map

     

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