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Best Places for 'Grande' Breakfast

Destination(s): Istanbul

Typical Turkish breakfast would have to be the one that has a touch of the sea, virgin black olives, honey and cream, bagels, 'menemen' (special egg dish) and black tea.
The list here tries to compile all these in one place. read more about Best Places for 'Grande' Breakfast

Istanbul Modern

Istanbul Modern

  • Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Liman Sahasý Antrepo No: 4
  • Karaköy
  • tel:90 212 334 7300
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  • Istanbul
Aşşk Kahve

Aşşk Kahve

  • Muallim Naci Cad. 170/A
  • tel:90 212 265 47 34
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  • 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

Sade Kahve

Sade Kahve

  • Yahya Kemal Caddesi No:36/1 Rumelihisari
  • Rumeli Hisari
  • tel:90 212 358 23 24
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  • Istanbul
Sumahan on the Water

Sumahan on the Water

  • Kuleli Caddesi no: 51 Çengelköy
  • Cengelköy
  • tel:90 216 422 8000
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  • Istanbul, 34684

Formerly an alcohol factory producing suma -the unadulterated spirit used to make rakı (the Turkish Ouzo)-, the establishment of Sumahan as a boutique hotel was a long standing wish that its owner-architects had. Nedret Ercan Butler and Mark Butler were both studying architecture in Minnesota, USA when they met. Nedret Ercan Butler established the "Sumahan Project" as her thesis for graduation. The couple brought that to life years later when they returned to Istanbul. With a magnificent view of the Istanbul skyline and bustling waterside activity, the hotel is indeed a charming place.  Adjacent to the hotel is the in-house seafood restaurant, called Kordon Balık. However, one may also lunch or dine inside the Sumahan itself (great salads and sample mezes). It is also possible to sign up for transport and a guide to see around and perhaps discover other enchanting places. Or, ask for the hotel-boat-shuttle to take across to the European side and make discoveries on your own. When you come back, relax in the sublime Turkish bath at the hotel's health center. With its modern, cozy rooms and location, it personifies the romantic spirit of the city. read more about Sumahan on the Water

Ritz-Carlton Istanbul (The)

Ritz-Carlton Istanbul (The)

  • Askerocaği Caddesi No. 15
  • Suzer Plaza, Elmadağ, Şişli
  • tel:90 212 334 4444
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  • Istanbul, 80200
Mangerie

Mangerie

  • Cevdetpasa Caddesi 69 Bebek
  • tel:90 212 263 51 99
  • Istanbul, 80810
Santralistanbul

Santralistanbul

  • Eski Silahtarağa Bektrik Santralı Kazım Karabekir Caddesı No.1
  • Eyüp
  • tel:90 212 311 5000 / 90 212 444 0428
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  • Istanbul, 34060
Adalar (Princes' Islands)

Adalar (Princes' Islands)

  • Adalar
  • Istanbul

In Turkish, "adalar" simply means "islands" - though adalar are very familiar territory for Istanbulites, which island you are referring to is still quite important since many Istanbullites use the islands as their summer residence and have a genuine circle of relatives and friends there. Probably the most popular day trip option from Istanbul, at least in the summer, the Princes' Islands are comprised of seven small islands, four of which (Bykada, Kınalıada, Burgazada and Heybeliada) have constant summertime service by ferry from Kabataş and Bostanci. The islands offer treasures of history (Byzantine churches and Greek and Turkish ruins), green parks, and various upscale restaurants and hotels. As no cars are allowed onto the islands, you would be better off renting a horse-backed carriage to go from one part to another; or to arrive on the islands dressed casually and renting a bike. The islands are a wonderful retreat from bustling Istanbul, each with its own unique character and pace of life. read more about Adalar (Princes' Islands)