The former capital city of the Roman Empire, Latin Empire, and the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul was the European Capital of Culture for 2010 and is one serious alpha world city. If you haven't been, add it to your bucket list today. Its blend of history, culture, and architecture make it a must.
So Area Daily wants to take you on a tour, focusing on choice eats in Turkey's capital of cool, Istanbul. Enjoy.
Vogue is a sexy hipster hot spot that lulls a mostly local crowd, with its Hotel Costes-esqe lounge tracks and tasty regional dishes. Located on a building top in the Besiktas section of Istanbul, Vogue delivers with terrace seating with a view.
Mikla at the Pera Hotel offers gorgeous views of the Golden Horn over Mediterranean dishes with a Swedish/Turkish twist. Pricey, but worth it.
360 (pictured anove) is a beautifully decorated rooftop restaurant on top of the Misir Apartments off Istiklal Caddesi and is one of the most fashionable places to dine. Although it is popular with tourists, you won't regret an outdoor table after visiting the fabulous galleries located on the floors below.
Mangerie is a fabulous café for a traditional Turkish breakfast dish called menemen. It's scrambled eggs made with tomatoes, butter, peppers, and unforgettable Turkish spices.
The original owner of Güllüoglu Baklava & Cafe was responsible for the success of the, now famous and famously contested, baklava throughout Turkey in 1871. This café is a must for a mouthwatering selection of baklavas, pastries, sweets, and Turkish coffee.