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Hang out with a cocktail in hand at Arkaoda

Hang out with a cocktail in hand at Arkaoda Clubs House, disco and techno Moda Arkaoda What is it? Ever since setting up shop on the bar street Kadife Sokak in 1999, this iconic establishment has had a pioneering role in Kadıköy’s transformation into Istanbul’s hippest neighbourhood.  Why go? Antique velvet armchairs, good music and cozy dim

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Dine on meze inside a historic train station at Mythos

Dine on meze inside a historic train station at Mythos Restaurants Seafood Kadıköy Mythos What is it? Mythos is an old-school meyhane nestled inside the Haydarpaşa Train Station, one of Istanbul’s most treasured historical landmarks. Why go? A Kadıköy favorite that can get packed every night of the week during the warmer months, Mythos always makes for a memorable night

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See an independent film at Kadıköy Sineması

See an independent film at Kadıköy Sineması Cinemas Independent Kadıköy Kadıköy Sineması What is it? Opened in 1967, the family-run Kadıköy Sineması is one of Istanbul’s oldest cinemas. Why go? Undoubtedly one of the best places to catch a film on the Asian side, Kadıköy Sineması is nestled in an arcade on the main shopping street in

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Catch an opera or ballet at the Süreyya Opera House

Catch an opera or ballet at the Süreyya Opera House Music Classical and opera Kadıköy Süreyya Operası sahnesi Cemal Emden What is it? Housed in a beautiful building built by the politician Süreyya İlmen Pasha in 1927, the Süreyya Opera House is the prime location to catch an opera or a ballet on the Asian side of Istanbul.

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Taste forgotten Anatolian recipes at Çiya Sofrası

Taste forgotten Anatolian recipes at Çiya Sofrası Restaurants Turkish Kadıköy Çiya Sofrası What is it? Çiya serves a variety of Anatolian dishes (mostly Eastern Mediterranean and Southeastern Anatolian), all made with ingredients imported from their native regions. Why go? Their wide selection of delicious dishes are accompanied by an assortment of herbs, most of which you’ve probably

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Get a full body scrub at Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı

Get a full body scrub at Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı Health and beauty Hammam Beyoğlu  Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı What is it? The work of the renowned Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan, Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı was built in between 1578-1583 to serve the levends (marine forces in the Ottoman navy) and was reopened to the public in 2012 after a major

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Stuff your face with kumpir at Ortaköy

Stuff your face with kumpir at Ortaköy Restaurants Street food Ortaköy Ortaköy Kumpir What is it? Turkey’s answer to the jacket potato, kumpir is a quintessential Istanbul street eat and a great way to fill up on the cheap. Why go? There is no better place to wolf down a baked potato the size of a human head than in Ortaköy, where you’ll find a

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Walk inside a wooded wonderland at Belgrad Forest

Walk inside a wooded wonderland at Belgrad Forest Attractions Forests Sarıyer Belgrad Forest, Belgrad Ormanı What is it? Perhaps the most cherished green space in Istanbul, the Belgrad Forest is a wooded wonderland spread out across more than 1300 acres. Why go? A popular weekend destination, the forest has designated picnic areas and a 6.5 km track

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Eat out at the classic Karaköy Lokantası

Eat out at the classic Karaköy Lokantası Restaurants Turkish Karaköy Karaköy Lokantası What is it? Karaköy Lokantası is one of Istanbul’s most iconic restaurants and a popular lunch spot located in the eponymous historic harborside neighbourhood. Why go? The classic eatery is perhaps best known for its heavenly hünkar beğendi, a remnant of Ottoman palace cuisine made