Istanbul: On the Ground

Insider Tour Istanbul: On the Ground

Discover the dynamic culture and electric energy of Istanbul. Formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, the city is a bold fusion of past and present. Here the bustling Grand Bazaar mixes with the restaurants and nightlife of the city and traditional Turkish hammams and hookah lounges reside alongside modern rooftop bars, museums, and chic shopping districts. W Istanbul Insider Ezgi Günel shares secrets of old and new, showing how the city’s warmth and hospitality is a true Turkish delight.


Archive Galata
Müeyyedzade, Serdar-ı Ekrem Cad. No:19, Beyoğlu


Modern designs from both local and international designers, furniture with clean lines and modern looks fill up the spacious store.



Room + Rumours
Valikonağı Caddesi No.6/A Nişantaşı


The street level space of the new location features fashion collections and accessories by both well-known and up-and-coming designers. On the lower floor, the spacious and chic restobar sports a garden always buzzing with locals.


Yeni Lokanta
Kumbaracı Yokuşu No.66 Tünel


A small restaurant located on Kumbaracı Yokuşu in Beyoğlu, has a modest vibe created by its understated, yet comfortable décor which conceals the culinary magic that takes place within. The restaurant offers Turkish food with a modern twist, a must-eat in the city.



Ulus 29
Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Ulus Parkı İçi No. 71/1, Kuruçeşme Ulus


Conceived in a stylish modern Turkish rooftop, the menu covers a variety of cuisines from a wide sushi selection to fresh lobster, plus in-house interpretations of indigenous dishes such as the Köfte 29 (meatballs) and a lamb medley with stuffed eggplant.



Aheste Pera
Asmalı Mescit, Meşrutiyet Cd. 107/F, Beyoğlu


Aheste triumphantly celebrates the original meaning of the word – ‘taste’ and ‘flavor’. Gathering together Anatolian, Lebanese, Persian and Armenian meze on one menu, this restaurant captures the essence of the orient.


5 Cocktails & More
Asmalımescit Mah. Müeyyet Sok. No: 5 Beyoğlu


With DJ performances on Friday and Saturday nights, 5 Cocktails & More is good for the start of a weekend night out. Plus, all of the cocktails are handcrafted for the perfect taste.



Alexandra Cocktail Bar
Bebek Arnavutköy Caddesi No: 50


The cocktail menu is short with only nine items but there are a few other secret mixes, popping up depending on the bartender’s mood. The secret menus are available for an hour only, and they serve only those cocktails for that hour. If you are a regular, you’ll get a different set of cocktails too, so start experimenting!


Muallim Naci Caddesi Salhane Sokak No.5 Ortaköy


Anjelique is one of Ortaköy’s waterfront clubs that is as famous for its impressive location as for its high-society atmosphere.



Suma Beach

Boğaziçi Kampus Yolu No.1/A Kilyos


Located on a yellow sandy beach backed by rolling green hills, Suma Beach offers a convenient escape from Istanbul. Suma Beach is Istanbul’s coolest outdoor ‘club’ and the party goes on until daybreak on Sundays and Saturdays during summer time. Bring your swimsuit for a sobering day on the Black Sea.


Istanbul Modern Art Museum
Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Liman İşletmeleri Sahası Antrepo No: 4


The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey’s first modern art museum, was founded in 2004. Istanbul Modern embraces a global vision to collect, preserve, exhibit and document works of modern and contemporary art and make them accessible to art lovers. The museum offers a cinema, restaurant, design store and an extensive library.