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Asmalimescit: Istanbul Neighborhood Walk

Explore the bustling Turkish neighborhood amidst its renaissance.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Asmalimescit, part of Istanbul’s central Beyogğlu borough, reached a peak of glamour and sophistication in the 1920’s, but became... more »

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Points of Interest

Babylon concertgoers gather at the music venue’s sister site for smoked-salmon pizzete and pan-Mediterranean salads.

Address:
4 Jurnal Sokak
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-245-3800

The live-music venue that sparked the area’s renaissance. The live acts range from Cuban rap to Turkish folk music—but the club will definitely be packed with hip types swigging the signature Absinthe Ferrari cocktails.

Address:
3 Seyhbender Sokak, Asmalı Mescit Mh.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-292-7368

To stay in the center of it all, try the Marmara Pera, which hosts Mikla, one of Istanbul’s chicest restaurants, on its top two floors. Mikla’s creations, by star Turkish chef Mehmet Gürs, fuse local and Scandinavian flavors—and the view is one of the most breathtaking in the city.

Address:
Mesrutiyet Cad., Tepebasi Istanbul
Istanbul
Turkey

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4. Mikla

The height of glamour, atop the hotel Marmara Pera, Mikla has some of the best vistas in town. Swedish-born star chef Mehmet Gürs’s Mediterranean-inspired dishes don’t come cheap, but for the patrons here, money really doesn’t matter.

Address:
167/185 Mesrutiyet Caddesi, Marmara Pera Hotel
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-293-8686

Architects and designers hold lunch meetings over bowls of just-like-mom’s bulgur.

Address:
5 Sehbender Sk., Asmalimescit Mah.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-292-7015

6. Ümit Ünal Doors

Cult favorite Ümit Ünal, a longtime neighborhood resident, sells his avant-garde women’s designs here.

Address:
1B Ensiz Sk.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-245-7886