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Weekend getaway In Istanbul for clubbing and shopping in style

Destination(s): Istanbul

June and July are very good times to entertain and be entertained in Istanbul. With the summer heating up and the major clubs initiating their grand openings, Istanbul becomes lively and cheery.
The coast line of Bosphorus gets crowded with people, cars, pets, flowers and blossoms; everyone trying to get a glimpse of the sea breeze and shine.
The following trip is a variation, definitely not a recipe, of what the locals would do on a given Saturday and Sunday in the summer in Istanbul. read more about Weekend getaway In Istanbul for clubbing and shopping in style

The Sofa Hotel

The Sofa Hotel

  • Teşvikiye Caddesi no. 123
  • Nışantaşı
  • tel:90 212 368 18 18
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34367
Abdi İpekçi Caddesi

Abdi İpekçi Caddesi

  • Abdi İpekçi Caddesi
  • Kağıthane
  • Nişantaşı
Sade Kahve

Sade Kahve

  • Yahya Kemal Caddesi No:36/1 Rumelihisari
  • Rumeli Hisari
  • tel:90 212 358 23 24
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul
Ritz-Carlton Istanbul (The)

Ritz-Carlton Istanbul (The)

  • Askerocaği Caddesi No. 15
  • Suzer Plaza, Elmadağ, Şişli
  • tel:90 212 334 4444
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 80200
Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace

  • Dolmabahce Caddesi
  • Besiktas
  • tel:90 212 236 9000
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul
Bosphorus tour on foot

Bosphorus tour on foot

  • Çırağan Caddesi, Yıldız, İstanbul 34349, Turkey
  • Istanbul

A walk from Besiktas until Sariyer is just too long. But, if you were to do it, you would be passing by Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy, Kurucesme, Arnavutkoy, Bebek, Rumeli Fortress, Baltalimani / Boyacikoy, Emirgan, Sabanci House / Museum, Istinye, Yenikoy, Tarabya and Sariyer successively. This entire walk would last for at least 4 hours, maybe 5. However, a smaller version from Kurucesme until Rumeli Fortress is just enough to see the beautiful old houses, the fishermen, the sidewalk groceries and the Anatolian coast across. The same walk is doable on the Anatolian coast as well. There the line starts from Uskudar (across from Besiktas) and continues along Beylerbeyi, Kuleli Military School, Vanikoy (the elite residential place of mansions), Kandilli, Goksu, Anadolu Fortress, Kanlica, Pasabahce, Beykoz. Again this entire trail would be too long and tiresome. The better parts of this are from the Kuleli Military School until Kanlica. Yet, another trail along the coast on the Anatolian side is the parallel of the famous shopping street the Bagdat Street. The parallel of this street runs by the Marmara Sea and the best trail starts from Bostanci and continues along Suadiye, Caddebostan and Fenerbahce. read more about Bosphorus tour on foot

Ottomans (Les)

Ottomans (Les)

  • Mualin Naci Caddesi No: 68 Kurucesme
  • Muhsinzade Yalisi
  • tel:90 212 359 1500
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34345
Lucca

Lucca

  • Cevdetpasa Caddesi No:51/B
  • tel:90 212 257 12 55
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul
Istanbul Ferry

Istanbul Ferry

  • Various locations
  • Istanbul
W Istanbul

W Istanbul

  • Suleyman Seba Cad 27
  • Akaretler
  • tel:866-539-0036
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34357
Sunset Grill & Bar

Sunset Grill & Bar

  • Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Yol Sokak No:2
  • Ulus Park
  • tel:90 212 287 0357
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34340
Hidiv Pavilion

Hidiv Pavilion

  • Çubuklu Korusu Çubuklu Yolu No:32
  • Cubuklu-Beykoz
  • tel:90 216 413 96 44 / 90 216 413 96 64
  • Istanbul

Hidiv Pavilion was built by an Italian architect, Delfo Seminati, in 1907. After Egypt gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire, the former khedive of Egypt was removed from his office. Consequently, Khedive Abbas settled into the Hidiv Pavilion after the incident with his family. The pavilion has a distinct art-nouveau structure. Inside the middle of the main entrance, there is a fountain made of marble and its ceiling is covered by stained glass. Apart from its architecture, the Hidiv Kasr-i is well known for its view. The Pavilion's most important feature, the watch-tower, offers a vast view of the entire one half of the Bosphorus. After Khedive left Istanbul in 1930s, Hidiv Pavilion was purchased by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. It was rarely used between 1937- 1982, except as a movie set from time to time. Unfortunately, movie producers have not used it with utmost care; hence some of the unique features of the building have been stained. The restoration process was started by Touring and Automobile Association of Turkey (TURING) in 1982. After two years of restoration work by TURING, Hidiv Kasr was opened in 1984 as a hotel, restaurant and cafeteria. read more about Hidiv Pavilion

Taylife Spa

Taylife Spa

  • 123 Tesvikiye Caddesi
  • The Sofa Hotel and Residence
  • tel:90 212 291 1614
  • Visit website
  • Şişli, 34367
Reina

Reina

  • Muallim Naci Caddesi 44
  • Ortaköy
  • tel:90 30 212 259 5919 / 90 30 212 259 5921
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul

One of the hottest clubs in Turkey, Reina is actually a vast playground filled with bars, restaurants and dance floors that can welcome up to 2500 people. Supposedly, the name 'Reina' was inspired by a 'very cute' 3-year-old girl (wCities). In the past few years, Reina has been becoming more and more "less local." This has to do with its vast popularity and scenery, which have made it very famous worldwide and thus very crowded. It is located at the foot of the European side with a magnificent view of the Bosphorus Bridge. It is open every season, yet moves out to its vast open space in the summers. The place gets renovated right down to its toilets almost every season and opens both its winter and summer seasons with huge parties. The restaurants inside this complex run the gamut from Italian to Sushi to more traditional local fare. Many well-known restaurants including Kosebasi Kebab, Samdan Restaurat and Dragon Chinese Restaurant move into Reina for the summer season. Nevertheless, you may not be able to find the same restaurant here season after season: Who pays the piper calls the tune...
read more about Reina

Rumeli Iskele

Rumeli Iskele

  • Yahya Kemal Caddesi 1 Rumelihisari
  • Rumeli Hisari
  • tel:90 212 263 2997
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul

Iskele Restaurant is very much liked by the local (well-to-do) folks for its unique location on the water front along the Rumeli Hisari coast; and the quality of its services and freshness of the seasonal fish. The best seats in the house are probably those that are outside on the wooden deck, commanding a view across the straits to the castle on the hilltop - Anadolu Hisari. In the winter, tables by the window are second best. The interior dcor is unornamented, simplistic and traditional, but still very elegant. The extremely attentive staff are unobtrusive and very friendly, yet still polite and efficient. The service overall is extremely unpretentious. The variety of food is actually not very different from other mainstream fist restaurants. However, Iskele manages to differentiate itself through the quality of its food offer: fresh seasonal fish and delicious seafood meze. Marinated sea bass, Mackarel special from the cold plates; Iskele special from the hot dishes are highly recommended. Locals' choice for business meals and quality time with friends & loved ones. Definitely a place to take your foreign friend and bewilder him during his visit to Istanbul.
read more about Rumeli Iskele

Laveda Spa at The Ritz-Carlton

Laveda Spa at The Ritz-Carlton

  • Askerocagi Caddesi No: 15
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Suzer Plaza, Sisli
  • tel:90 212 334 4444 (Hotel)
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34367
Reina

Reina

  • Muallim Naci Caddesi 44
  • Ortaköy
  • tel:90 30 212 259 5919 / 90 30 212 259 5921
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul

One of the hottest clubs in Turkey, Reina is actually a vast playground filled with bars, restaurants and dance floors that can welcome up to 2500 people. Supposedly, the name 'Reina' was inspired by a 'very cute' 3-year-old girl (wCities). In the past few years, Reina has been becoming more and more "less local." Yet, high-fliers, millionaires, celebrities and media moguls continue to mix and mingle under one roof. This has to do with its vast popularity and scenery, which have made it very famous worldwide and thus very crowded. It is located at the foot of the European side with a magnificent view of the Bosphorus Bridge. It is open every season, yet moves out to its vast open space in the summers. The place gets renovated right down to its toilets almost every season and opens both its winter and summer seasons with huge parties. The restaurants inside this complex run the gamut from Italian to Sushi to more traditional local fare. Many well-known restaurants including Kosebasi Kebab, Samdan Restaurant and Dragon Chinese Restaurant move into Reina for the summer season. Nevertheless, you may not be able to find the same restaurant here season after season: Who pays the piper calls the tune...


read more about Reina

Galata Mevlevihanesi (Dervish Lodge)

Galata Mevlevihanesi (Dervish Lodge)

  • Galip Dede Caddesi 15
  • Tünel
  • tel:90 212 245 4141
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34430
Anjelique

Anjelique

  • Muallim Naci Caddesi Salhane sokak no. 5
  • Ortaköy
  • tel:90 212 327 2844
  • Istanbul
İstiklal Caddesi

İstiklal Caddesi

  • İstiklal Caddesi
  • Istiklal Cad., Beyoglu
  • Istanbul, 34437
Crystal

Crystal

  • Muallim Naci Street No:65 Ortaköy
  • tel:90 212 229 7152
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul
Tünel

Tünel

  • Galip Dede Caddesi
  • tel:+90 21 2522 4902
  • Beyoğlu, 34430
Aşşk Kahve

Aşşk Kahve

  • Muallim Naci Cad. 170/A
  • tel:90 212 265 47 34
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34975

"Ask" means love in Turkish, so the Assk Kahve is the "Love Cafe" in translation. It has a very simple menu with various sandwiches, toasts and paninis, salads and pasta. Yet, its unique location on the sea makes Assk Kahve one of the places to be in the summer. As such, it tends to get quite crowded with both young adolescents and adults. It is highly recommended that you find yourself a seat on the deck, but for that you will need to arrive a bit earlier than 11:00 AM. Breakfast is very enjoyable and you are supposed to order everything to the middle. Do order the "giant pogaca" (pastry / croissant) and honey & cream. At other times, enjoy their home-made lemonade and the "tongue of love" sandwich. read more about Aşşk Kahve

Long Table

Long Table

  • Tesvikiye Caddesi No:123,
  • Sisli
  • tel:90 212 224 81 81
  • Istanbul
Mikla

Mikla

  • Meşrutiyet Caddesi Tepebaşı
  • The Marmara Pera
  • tel:90 212 251 5656 / 90 212 251 4646 (Hotel)
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34430
Ara Café

Ara Café

  • Tomtom Mahallesi Tosbag Sokak 8/A
  • Galatasaray
  • tel:90 212 245 41 05
  • Istanbul
Litera

Litera

  • Yeni Carsi Caddesi No:32 Kat: 6
  • tel:90 212 292 89 47
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34440
Asmalimescit Sokak & Sishane District

Asmalimescit Sokak & Sishane District

  • Asmalı Mescit Beyoğlu
  • Istanbul

Given its popularity among the Turkish night-outers and bar hoppers, Asmali Mescit -called simply 'Asmali' by the locals, deserves a special reference under the "Things to do" section. In which case, we need also to answer, "what to do" at Asmali. Asmali Mescit is an inner street between the more common Istiklal Caddesi and the Mesrutiyet Caddesi. It used to be a simple artisan street with a few taverns, butcher shops and markets lining side by side. Now, it is a lively bar street with a new bar popping up even in the most incomprehensible, small corners. As such, Asmali has also come to refer to general mode of going out and to a compilation of various streets -not just the Asmali itself. Otto Sofyali on the Sofyali Street with the original Otto lying further down towards the Tunel area on Sehbender Street, Groove, Novo, Corner, Parantez, House Cafe Tunel and too many other bars -none of which deserve any special reference or attention, since all are almost the same- crowd these parallel and crossing streets of the Tunel and Asmali Mescit area. At the Pera end of this district are the Turkish taverns including the gourmet Asmali Cavit and Gurme Boncuk. A night out at the Asmali usually means a slow meal at a tavern, followed by too many drinks to be taken out on the street, whilst bumping into an old friend or two.
read more about Asmalimescit Sokak & Sishane District

Babylon

Babylon

  • Seyhbender Sokak 3 Tunel-Asmalimescit
  • Tünel, Asmalimescit
  • tel:90 212 292 7368
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 80040

Babylon, designed as a multipurpose performance space, is the premier award-winning live music venue in Turkey, that is offering both some of Turkey's most popular artists and some very special international bands and musicians at fairly reasonable rates. Top international names from jazz, latin, reggae, world music, and electronica spectrum are staged on weekends; while local bands take the stage on weekdays. There are also special DJ sessions, which are held once a month. This place has a capacity of 450 standing or 300 with tables & standing. Since 2007, Babylon has opened the Babylon Lounge, which also hosts live music performances. The difference of Babylon Lounge is that it is also possible to have dinner or lunch here, or just come for drinks and enjoy finger food and snacks.
read more about Babylon

Nu Club

Nu Club

  • Tepebaşı Mesrutiyet Caddesi 147-149
  • Petit-Champs Passage
  • tel:90 212 245 6070
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul

This two-level nightclub, formerly known as NuPera, now also called Nu Club, happens to be the Nu Terrace in summers. It is located within the NuPera complex in the Beyoglu neighborhood, enclosing three restaurants inside during the winter and the regular Nu Restaurant on the terrace in the summer. In terms of its clientele, there are no vast seasonal differences in winter and summer. On the other hand, the concept of the place tends to change a bit. During winters, the three rooms, in which the three restaurants are, rock to different types of music, making an enchanting club environment that allows you to bar-hop without putting on your jacket at all. The restaurants inside are Moreish, Nu Restaurant and Lilbitz, offering a range of fusion, world and tapas food. During the summer, the inner places close down and only the terrace area is open for both dinner and entertainment. The place does tend to be crowded, making getting in a tough work at times; but this does not deter the regulars, who jostle for elbow-space on the dance floor. An eclectic range of music is played by the DJs here, and that includes hip hop, house and pop. The clientele is elitist and the dress code is strictly smart and chic.
read more about Nu Club

11.11

11.11

  • Tepebasi Mesrutiyet Caddesi No: 69/B
  • Beyoğlu
  • Istanbul