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Local attractions in our hotel near Taksim, in Istanbul

Şahin Lokantası

Open since 1967, this restaurant close to our hotel near Taksim Square is usually bursting at the seams during lunch, with an almost comical amount of people stuffing themselves into the small, two-story space. The menu changes daily with about a dozen dishes usually on offer: a combination of meat or vegetable stews, pilafs, various kinds of köfte and assorted other classics of the Turkish [home] kitchen. Best esnaf restaurant in the hood. Tel : +90 212 244 25 43

Asmalı Cavit

This spot is a typical meyhane (restaurant serving alcohol and mezes) in a part of town that is packed with such establishments. The quality of food varies wildly and most places are more attractive for their atmosphere and steady rakı flow than they are for their cuisine. Fortunately, Asmalı Cavit excels on all fronts. Tel : +90 212 292 49 50

French Street

If New York has Chinatown and Little Italy, then Istanbul has "French Street" (Fransız Sokağı). "Rue Française", with street musicians, cafés, bars and art centers, opened in summer of 2004 and is very close to our hotel near Taksim Square in Istanbul. The street behind Galatasaray High School known as Cezayir (Algeria) Street was completely renovated from head to toe by a group lead by Mehmet Taşdiken within the scope of a two-year project. The buildings and sidewalks were improved and a special music system was established. Taşdiken had close contacts with the Municipality of Paris, so the stones of the street were arranged by Parisian architects, and 100-year-old coal-gas street lamps from the Municipality of Paris were installed.

St. Antoine Church

St. Antoine, or locally as Sent Antuan, is the largest church of the Roman Catholic Church in Constantinople/Istanbul, Turkey. It is located on İstiklal Avenue in the Beyoğlu district. Along with the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (1846) in the Harbiye district, St. Louis of the French (1581) and Santa Maria Draperis in Beyoğlu, Sts. Peter and Paul (1841) in Galata, Assumption Church in the Moda quarter of Kadıköy, St. Stephen in Yeşilköy and Bakırköy Church in Bakırköy, St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most important Catholic churches in Istanbul, and among them has the largest community following its masses.

Pera Museum

Pera Project, which is planned by the Suna-Inan Kıraç Foundation, is composed of a museum, a research institute and a cultural center close to our hotel near Taksim Square in Istanbul. The first phase; "Pera Museum", was opened in June 2005. Pera Museum will be the third museum of the Koç Family following the Sadberk Hanım Müzesi and Rahmi Koç Müzesi. Since the Pera Museum is designed in international museum standards, foreign collections can easily be exhibited. Byzantine works, Şevket Rado's 650- piece collection of Ottoman-era handwritten books and the Republican era book collection, which is composed of all the books published about Atatürk, will be on display at the Istanbul Research Institute, located 150 meters away from the museum. The Institute will also serve students, teachers and researchers. Tel : +90 212 334 99 00

Flower Passage

Çiçek Pasajı (Flower Passageway) Despite its name, the Çiçek Pasajı is not filled with flowers. Rather it is a walkway filled with a combination of small, unpretentious restaurants called Meyhane which specialize in alcoholic beverages and the types of food that go well with them. On weekend nights there are often street musicians to entertain those who have come there to unwind. Opened in 1876, the 19th century Çiçek Pasajı can be described as a miniature version of the famous Galleria in Milan, Italy, and has rows of historic pubs, winehouses and restaurants. The site of Çiçek Pasajı was originally occupied by the Naum Theatre, which was severely damaged by the Fire of Pera in 1870.[1] The theatre was frequently visited by Sultans Abdülaziz and Abdülhamid II, and hosted Giuseppe Verdi's play Il Trovatore before the opera houses of Paris

Fish Bazaar

A gleaming and wondrous array of fish can be found at the Balık Pazarı (Fish Bazaar), most fish restaurants in Istanbul purchase their fish here. Nowhere in Turkey, not even Istanbul's Wholesale Fish Market, can compete with the rich variety of edible water-bound yummies that abound here. There is octopus from Bodrum, calamari from Antalya, shrimp from Çanakkale, grouper from Saroz Bay and delectable fresh "fruits of the sea." The Fish Bazaar also houses the most important fruit and vegetable market in Istanbul, with the freshest and widest variety of produce available. But the Fish Bazaar offers more than fresh fish and produce, with its brilliant sense of display and lively atmosphere; it is a fascinating place to explore close to our hotel near Taksim Square in Istanbul.

Old Town (Sultanahmet Area)

The Old Town is the historical settlement which was the ancient Byzantium, or at other times, New or Second Rome, Constantinopolis or simply “Polis” – the City. It is spread among the seven hills of a triangular promontory which is encircled by 22 km of city walls. The walls along the Marmara and the Golden Horn were mostly destroyed over the ages, but the main walls on the land side are still standing in relatively good condition. The wide western side of the triangular peninsula is bound by the land walls whereas the other two sides are bound by the sea walls. The walls and embankments of the Topkapi Palace form the apex to the east.

Galata Tower

Being one of the oldest and the most important towers in the world, was built by the Genovese in 507. Mehmet II conquered Istanbul in 1453, the tower came under Ottoman rule. There is a restaurant and café on its upper floors which commands a magnificent view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Also located on the upper floors is a nightclub which hosts a Turkish show. There are two operating elevators that carry visitors from the lower level to the upper levels. Tel : +90 212 293 81 80

360 Restaurant

The multi award winning 360 Istanbul is set in a penthouse perched on a 19th century apartment buildingoverlooking the old embassy row in Beyoglu, close to our hotel near Taksim Square in Istanbul… It commands a 360 breathe taking landscape view of Istanbul all the way from the up close steeple of St Antoin's Church and accross the Bosphoruz strait to the Hagia Saphia and out to the sea of Marmara. Tel : + 90 212 251 10 42