Top Istanbul Restaurants || Part 1

Courtesy of Hotel Amira

Straddling the Bosphorus, its skyline studded with domes and minarets, Istanbul is one of the truly great romantic cities. Its history tracks back from Byzantium to Constantinople to its place at the head of the Ottoman Empire. Today it hums as Turkey’s cultural heart and good-time capital. In this sprawling, continent-spanning city you can tramp the streets where crusaders and janissaries once marched; admire mosques that are the most sublime architectural expressions of Islamic piety; peer into the sultan’s harem; and hunt for bargains in the Kapali Carsi (Grand Bazaar); dine in one of the below recommended restaurants to complete your visit to Istanbul.

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Hamdi Restaurant

• Address: Tahmis Caddesi Kalçın Sokak No:17 Eminönü – Istanbul
• Tel: (0212) 528 03 90
• E-mail: info@hamdirestorant.com.tr
• Website: www.hamdi.com.tr
• Cuisine(s): International and Turkish Cuisine
• What’s Special: Hamdi Arpacı came from Urfa, Birecik to Istanbul towards to end of the 1960’s. He opened his first counter at the corner of the parking lot situated next to Eminonu, New Mosque. With a small grill and itinerant counter, he offered delicious kebab specialties to the small trade’s people and to public for 7 years. Chef Hamdi’s kebabs became more awareness. The continuously growing number of his customers made him establishes the Hamdi Meat restaurant on the corner of the same parking lot. The Turkey’s Southeastern Region’s unrivalled delicious kebabs were offered to the appreciation of customers while preserving their authentic characteristics and preparation methods during 18 years in the same place.
• Avg Price: ****

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Konyalı Restaurant, Topkapı Palace

• Address: Topkapı Palace Museum Sultanahmet – Istanbul
• Tel: 0212 513 96 96
• E-mail: saray@konyalilokantasi.com
• Website: www.konyalilokantasi.com/english/esaray.htm
• Cuisine(s): International and Turkish Cuisine
• What’s Special: Konyalı Topkapı Palace Restaurant is the place that has been visited by the most number of presidents, kings, queens, empires and stars inside and outside of Turkey for years and it is a record.Restaurant that is closed on Tuesdays and has a unique Bosporus view serves not only tastes of Traditional Turkish Cuisine but also a rich dessert menu. It opens everyday except on Tuesdays from 08:30am to 16:30pm. You can taste Traditional Turkish Cuisine meals like tandır – low temperature oven baked baby lamb-, begendili kebap -aubergine caviar with lamb meat-, stuffed lamb and vegetables with olive oil in Konyalı Topkapı Palace Restaurant while watching magnificent view. You can taste Traditional Turkish Cuisine meals like tandır -low temperature oven baked baby lamb-, begendili kebap aubergine caviar with lamb meat-, stuffed lamb and vegetables with olive oil in Konyalı Topkapı Palace Restaurant while watching magnificent view.
• Avg Price: *****

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Sarnıc Restaurant

• Address: Sogukesme Sokagi, 34220 Sultanahmet – Istanbul
• Tel: 0 212 512 42 91
• Website: www.sarnicrestaurant.com/en/index.jsp
• Cuisine(s): Turkish cuisine
• What’s Special: The extraordinary building with the high domes supported on six stone piers situated at the top of the hill at the end of the row of small hotels in the narrow street immediately behind St. Sophia was orginally built, more than a thousand years ago, as a cistern. Until recently it was used as an automobile repair shop. The Cistern Tavern is a great and dramatic synthesis a witness, a document of the three thousand years old history of Istanbul; the capital of three Empires. A restaurant of the Republican period in a Roman cistern at the end of an old Ottoman Street.
• Avg Price: ****

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Giritli Restaurant

• Address: Keresteci Hakkı Sokak (Armada Otel Yanı) Cankurtaran / Ahırkapı / Istanbul
• Tel: +90212 458 22 70
• E-mail: giritli_ist@giritlirestoran.com
• Website: www.giritlirestoran.com
• Cuisine(s): Seafood
• What’s Special: Only open since 2003, Giritli has already become an Istanbul classic, and with a prix-fixe only menu of Cretan specialties that includes a generous four courses and unlimited drink (wine or raki), it’s easy to understand why. The food is outstanding, with an enormous selection of delicious appetizers like sea bass ceviche, herb-covered cubes of feta cheese with walnuts and green onion, and perfectly grilled calamari. Starters are followed by a choice of freshly caught fish (there aren’t any other options), either grilled or fried. The restaurant garden, with its whitewashed walls and blue trim, feels like a slice of the Greek islands in the middle of Istanbul.
• Avg Price: ****

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360 Restaurant –Bar-Night Club

• Address: Istiklal Caddesi Mısır Apt. Floor:8 No:32/309 Beyoglu
• Tel: +90212 251 10 42-43
• E-mail: 360istanbul@360istanbul.com
• Website: www.360istanbul.com
• Cuisine(s): Modern international cuisine, Turkish cuisine
• What’s Special: The multi award winnig 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 the 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 offering a twist on the modern Turkish meze fused with international cuisine and an exclusive wine selection to compliment it.
• Avg Price: *****

The first part of the Istanbul Restaurant Guide can be found under:

http://blog.epoquehotels.com/4865/top-istanbul-restaurants-part-2/

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Hotel Amira

Avantgarde Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel in Istanbul > Turkey

Hotel Amira in Istanbul is a new boutique hotel situated in the heart of this marvelous capital. Close to Hotel Amira Istanbul are the great St. Sophia, the wonderful Blue Mosque, the mystical Basilica Cistern, the majestic Topkapi Palace, the multicolored Grand Bazaar, and it is neighboring to the remains of the Bukaleon Sea Palace. Hotel Amira Istanbul offers the most spaciously designed guestrooms in the old city, boasting extra comfortable Visco mattresses, high-tech amenities such as iPhone docking stations and local hints such as hand-made ceiling paintings.

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Functionality and comfort are present in the fully equipped standard rooms of Hotel Amira, featuring king size or twin beds in a 25 m² average area. The deluxe rooms are light, spacious and cover an area of around 34 m². The room has also an elegant living area with a sofa. The Amira Suite offers the ultimate Sultanahmet experience. The 42 m² suite features a magnificent panoramic seaside view from the balcony.The Amira Suite has an elegant living area with a functional sofa. The family room is a mix of a spacious deluxe room with a king size bed and a comfortable standard room with twin beds. Hotel Amira Istanbul has only two of these special connecting rooms created just for families. In the 50 m²room you will find all the comforts of the deluxe rooms. Together with its personalized first-rate service, Hotel Amira Istanbul offers also the convenience of valet parking, a library including a rich collection for every taste, free Wi-Fi access and a luxury business centre. During your stay at Hotel Amira Istanbul, you will be able to forget all the stress in the Wellness Center that includes gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, and massage service. Location: Hotel Amira Istanbul is ideally located in the historical peninsula, 14 km away from Ataturk Airport and just steps away from all the major touristic and historical attractions, such as St. Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace.

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Location:

Hotel Amira Istanbul is ideally located in the historical peninsula, 15 km away from Ataturk Airport and just steps away from all the major touristic and historical attractions in Istanbul: Hagia Sophia (600 meters), the Küçük Ayasofya (the Little Hagia Sofia, just a 50 meter walk away from the hotel), Bukaleon Sea Palace (150 meters away), the busy Arasta Bazaar (250 meters away), the Blue Mosque (300 meters), the Topkapi Palace, the fascinating Grand Bazaar (850 meters). The Sultanahmet Tram Station is 650 meters away from Hotel Amira. – View Location Map.

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General Information:

Category: Avantgarde Luxury [learn more]
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Mustafapasa Sok. No:79 Sultanahmet Istanbul , Istanbul [view map]
Type: Boutique Hotel
Best Rate: 69 EUR [View Calendar]
Total Rooms: 32
Languages Spoken by Staff: English, French, Italian
Credit Cards Accepted: MASTERCARD, VISA, AMEX
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