Istanbul is much more than the “kebab”. In fact, this simple dish takes here numerous presentations. Savoring their kitchen involves sitting on their popular terraces or in the “meyhanes” and taste the “mezes” and stews of fish or lamb washed down with “raki”. But with the proposals also daring chefs of modern restaurants facing the Bosphorus, that blend old Ottoman recipes with international gastronomic vanguard.
Here are some of the places you must visit in Istambul in order to fall in love with this beautiful city:
- 360 Experience
The multi award winning 360istanbul is set in a penthouse perched on a 19th century apartment building overlooking the old embassy row in Beyoglu. It commands a 360 breathe taking landscape view of Istanbul all the way from the up close steeple of St Antoine’s Church and across the Bosphorus strait to the Hagia Sophia Mosque and out to the Sea of Marmara. 360 is open for lunch and dinner, offering a twist on the modern Turkish meze fused with international cuisine and an exclusive wine selection to compliment it. 360 turns into Club360 on the weekends so come enjoy your fresh elixir while listening to our talented Djs and vocalists with live dancers and performances. 360istanbul also endocrine’s the 360 concept of dining experience.This concept consists of four crucial elements; Cuisine – Design – Entertainment and Atmosphere. No element in 360istanbul is more or less important than the other. Instead they coexist in harmony.
2. Les Ottomans
ParkŞamdan & The Bar, which kicked off in Summer 2014, serves guests while leveraging the experience of the classic ParkŞamdan Restaurant with 33-years of past, and Ersoy Çetin and Emre Ergani who have welcome their clientele over the years under their famous brand of restaurants.
Since its inception, ParkŞamdan & The Bar has hosted state dignitaries, celebrated artists, and key local and international figures. The venue, which is perched on the pier of Les Ottomans Hotel, ranks among the most favored spots of Istanbul with a guest portfolio of 30 to 60 years of average age.
Offering an impeccable service, the classic ParkŞamdan menu, the Bosphorus view, the private pier that allows transportation by boat, a signature decoration by Ebru Mengenecioğlu and a magical ambiance, ParkŞamdan & The Bar ranks among the top choices of its visitors.
ParkŞamdan & The Bar serves all days of the week, starting with lunch service, evening bar, dinner, and a post-dining bar. The bar and the restaurant accommodate a capacity of 200 and 120 seats respectively.
Since its opening in 2001, İstanbul’s well-known restaurant and nightclub, Anjelique, has been the must-go place for entertainment. The celebrities of Istanbul’s nightlife-scene have been enjoying Anjelique’s exquisite atmosphere and incomparable view of the Bosphorus.
Located in a 3-storey seaside mansion in Ortaköy, at Anjelique each floor has a different music style and hosts the world-famous DJ’s. With the first “Sounds of Anjelique” album released in 2007, these albums continue to be the number 1 of music charts every year.
Moreover, at Anjelique you can find the most delicious tastes of the Aegean, Asian and world cuisine. Anjelique is the meeting place for people who want great entertainment and exquisite flavors together in the same extraordinary place.
Ulus 29 is an Istanbul classic and popular restaurant with a stylish modern Turkish theme. Open since December 1993, Ulus 29 is owned and managed by Metin Fadıllıoğlu. – a name synonymous with offering quality service, ambiance and an excellent dining experience to local and international gastronomy aficionados.
The restaurant and its adjoining bar contain among the most inventive and outrageous chandeliers in a city obsessed by cut-glass lighting.
Ulus 29 located on a hilltop in the upscale neighborhood of Ulus. The indoor dining area has floor to ceiling windows affording a breathtaking view of the Bosphorus strait and the two bridges connecting the European and Asian shorelines. Further, the terrace is open during the summer months for your dining pleasure. The décor of Ulus 29 designed by Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu, an internationally acclaimed interior designer, and her ZF Design team.
The menu of Ulus 29 covers a variety of cuisines, from an extensive sushi selection to fresh lobster. Plus in-house traditional classic food such as the 29 meatballs, mini pita in the stone oven, Turkish pizza and yoghurt kebab.
The constant renewal of the menu, the international dishes are prepared by foreign chefs, set the Istanbul food trends.
The atmosphere at the chic, yet cozy Terrace Bar affords an ambiance that is lively, dynamic and young with music in the forefront. Besides ordering from the menu customers, can opt to try our tasty finger foods accompanied with refreshing cocktails prepared by their skillful bartenders. Ulus 29 resident DJs plays a variety of music nightly.
The trendy nights continue Fridays and Saturdays at the Club 29, which is adjacent to the restaurant. The Club 29 is one of the world’s trendiest night clubs with its music and location as well as its regulars including celebrities and many well-known international names.