Ara Café – a nice break from hustling Istiklal

The cozy Ara Café is situated below the atelier of turkey’s most significant photographer- Ara Güler. It is situated in a narrow side street of the bustling Istiklal and is a welcome relaxing break from the shopping masses. All photographs on the walls and placemats are designed by Ara himself, and their menu is Mediterranean- Turkish…

Kasette – for our night owls $$

Located on a side street away from the bustle of Istiklal street, the red glow of Kasette pulls in crowds every night, where the dancing continues until the morning hours. Equipped with a great sound system, this is another one of the top places to visit if you’re looking for good quality electronic music. There…

Paristexas Galata- uberstylish bargain hunters $$

ParisTexas is a fashion jem- in the back streets of Galata selling hand-picked designs by Marc Jacobs and Acne alike. Many pieces are from cool unknown japanese brands and there are always great offers such as buy 1 get 1 free! The pieces are real bargains, they are often last season which justifies the low…