Set atop a 19th Century residential building, 360 Istanbul features stunning 360 degree vistas of the city. Open throughout the day, it is only when the sun goes down that the place truly starts to heat up. Indulge in a drink from their innovative cocktail list or sip on an international wine to complement the global cuisine. Stick to Turkish specialties or opt for sushi, or pick from contemporary dishes like Prawns in a Jar with Lemon Grass or Bollywood Chicken. Mood-enhancing beats by DJs and live musicians set the tone for the night, with house music and R&B dominating the scene. The intimate setting coupled with views of the city skyline and the Sea of Marmara exude a romantic and mystical aura.
Reservations are essential at this very chic restaurant offering some of the best views in town. The sleek white and chrome décor attracts an elegant lunch crowd of businessmen and ladies' social groups. The menu is an innovative blend of fusion Japanese and international cuisine. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from their impressive drink selection. The staff is unobtrusively efficient and the service is excellent.
Serving Turkish wines and Turkish cheeses, everything here is Turkish to the max! Products are selected with care and the prices are unbeatable. Solera offers a peerless local wine list. Sulemine, the bar's wine expert, will not hesitate to open a bottle for you to taste. Soak up all that delicious wine with a selection of hot/cold mezze, a cheese board or other local dishes. There is a discount on take away bottles. It gets busy with expats on the weekends, who stop by for a pre-dinner glass of wine or simply enjoy a chat at the bar. -Stephanie Berton
Olive Anatolian Restaurant is just as it is named. Set on the rooftop of Hotel Sultania, their menu is inspired by olives and the Anatolian cuisine. This is highlighted in their tapas style lunches or creative dinners. Breakfast is a buffet of Turkish and Continental platters. The wrap-a-round setting of the place with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a beautiful terrace area for alfresco dining is augmented by sunset orange lamp fixtures on the tables, hanging light fixtures and modern furnishing. They even have a separate menu for kids and offer cooking classes to those who want to know more about their cuisine. Reservations are recommended.
Frequented by the younger crowd, Joker No:19 is a popular hangout place that welcomes you to enjoy scrumptious pub fare and tantalizing drinks. The bar has a friendly ambiance and ample seating space with wooden furnishings and thoughtful lighting accents. The service is quite prompt and the friendly staff ensures that you have a good meal, each time. Nestled on the Beşiktaş Caddesi, this bar is especially known for its crafty cocktails like Nuri, Mercan, and Zapato. There is an extensive drinks menu that offers a variety of whiskeys, vodka, beers, and wines. To accompany your tipples, the bar offers a tempting seafood menu and other small bites. Their in-house DJ keeps the ambiance up beat and groovy.
49 Cukurcuma has a hip yet rustic look to it that is very appealing to the eye. Set in a former art space, every decorative element including the furniture is up for sale. But that is not this trendy eatery's claim to fame. It is one of the best places in town to gorge on delicious pizzas. They pizzas are made from Turkish ingredients, fresh from the market and therein lies the twist. Indulge in creative freshly baked pies with equally innovative toppings. The restaurant is also a wine bar and has a good selection of Turkish wines with some exclusive ones as well. Drop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can be sure of a memorable experience.
Red River Pub opened its doors in 2007 and is a popular hangout among the locals. It has a lovely ambiance to it with its light fixtures, creeper plants, wooden accents and many photo frames. Their affable staff will ensure that you have a pleasant experience at this bar and restaurant. Their bar has a good selection of whiskey, white wine, beer, cocktails and other liquors. Though their menu has pastas, fajitas salads and wraps, it is their Turkish dishes like Celtik Kebab, Pasha Kebab and Bostan Kebab which are a hit among patrons.
Türkiye Gazeteciler Cemiyet Lokali entices your taste buds with some delightful Turkish flavors. You can pair your meals with the refreshing beverages from their bar menu. This restaurant is a popular evening spot amongst the locals and is known for hosting several live music performances regularly. Besides, this restaurant can be rented for special events and is well-facilitated for special events like weddings and receptions. The luxuriously decorated interiors are cozy and complement their warm and friendly staff who are all set to ensure a pleasant dining experience when here.
As you explore tourist attractions like Hagia Sofia, Topkapı Palace and Gülhane Parkı, you will come across this hidden gem. Gülhane Sur Cafe is a typical Turkish cafe and nargile spot but what sets them apart is their attentive service, people watching and delicious fare. This includes their various hookah flavors too. Their coarse floor and walls are decked with traditional decor which gives it a nice, cozy ambiance. Play a game of backgammon with friends and smoke on a sheesha. Relish on their dishes like gözleme, adana kebap, tavuk siş (chicken seekh kebab) and kuzu siş (lamb skewers). Take a sip of their freshly brewed tea or coffee and indulge in some people watching.
Pasha entices your palate with delectable Turkish flavors. The restaurant is popular for serving scrumptious Turkish, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern delicacies. You can pair your meals with authentic Turkish coffee or choose from the various beverages on their menu. The cozy and elegantly decorated interiors complemented with their friendly service make you feel at home. Don't forget to carry cash as this restaurant does not accept cards for payment.