Cul­ture Clash

Strad­dling Asia and Europe, Is­tan­bul’s ex­cit­ing fu­sions make the city a de­light

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

IS­TAN­BUL EAT Chef Mehmet Gürs’ Scan­di­na­vian and Turk­ish her­itage shines at his flag­ship res­tau­rant, Mikla. For­got­ten tech­niques and ob­scure in­gre­di­ents come to­gether for cre­ative takes on re­gional cui­sine, such as the grilled lamb with aubergine be­gendi and plum mo­lasses. mik­larestau­

STAY Soho House Is­tan­bul (be­low) is a 19th-cen­tury Ot­toman palazzo with the grandeur of em­pire—its 87 rooms oc­cupy a mod­ern glass an­nex. At rooftop night­club Em­bassy, movers and shakers party into the small hours sip­ping Raki Fizz, ouzo-like liquor mixed with lime, sugar and cham­pagne. so­ho­hou­se­is­tan­

RE­LAX Turk­ish ham­mam tra­di­tions are re­freshed with sig­na­ture treat­ments at the Cau­dalie Vinothérapie spa at Ho­tel Les Ot­tomans. Think honey and wine wraps, and float­ing your cares away in the Dead Sea Wa­ter Pool. De­sign­ers em­ployed feng shui prin­ci­ples to en­sure peace of mind. lesot­

EX­PLORE Karaköy is the city’s hippest neigh­bour­hood. Quaint cafes and trendy art gal­leries (check out Is­tan­bul Mod­ern, art­sümer and Ga­leri Manâ) punc­ture wind­ing streets over­look­ing the Bospho­rus and Golden Horn. Feel­ing hun­gry? Lunch like a lo­cal with a freshly grilled fish bap while watch­ing the fer­ries float by.

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