LUXE City Guides - Istanbul - - Nisanta¸si¸ -

Start on the cor­ner of Abdi Ipekçi and Vali Konag˘i Cad. and zip down Abdi Ipekçi, the Rodeo Drive of Istanbul, for a la­bel mo­ment with all the big names. If an­tique rugs and car­pets are your thing, nip up lit­tle Prof. Dr. Feyzi Feyziog˘lu Sok. on your right and at the end, turn left into Mim Ke­mal Öke Cad. for lovely Günes¸ Öz­tarakçi (see Adv. Shop.). If your tummy’s grum­bling, carry on and to the left: at #11 is Gal­lic Brasserie la Brise / 244 4846; at #19 cool Del­i­catessen / 225 0604 / del­i­catessenistan­bul.com / has all-day yummy din­ing; or across to the right is clas­sic Park Sam­dan¸ (see Lunch). If not, sim­ply con­tinue down Abdi Ipekçi and at #19 buzz up to the 3/F for yoofy, sharp de­con­structs with fem­flair at Ba­har Korçan / 296 9276. Opp. at #18 is Urart / urart.com.tr / that looks staid from out­side, but ask to see their fab sil­ver and gold jew­ellery based on an­cient ar­chae­o­log­i­cal de­signs. Back over at #23 is Bey­men dept. store of­fer­ing four floors for big brand lovers and two base­ment lev­els ded­i­cated to the edgy fash cache of Bey­men Blender. Next door is the über-posey Nisanta¸si¸ Brasserie / 343 0443 / (LOV­ING your tan daaar­ling, it’s not at all streaky...), and the far more di­gestible Grissini / 343 1297. De­tour left here into Bostan Sok. for flirty, wear­able and fem­i­nine Elaidi at #11 / 236 3783 (see Adv Shop. for the be­spoke ate­lier). Across at #10 is swank Ar­mag­gan (see Adv. Shop) for one-of-a-kind jew­ellery, life­style and col­lectibles. Re­trace back to Abdi Ipekçi and turn left. At #45/2 is slinky Punto / 219 8149 / for cool mod­ern leathers and furs, then skip across to A46 at #46/3 / 233 9031 / for sauce-bang, glamap­parel vix­en­wear. Now cross back and turn left into Atiye Sok., which is a pedes­trian road full of lively caffs and restos. Here on your left at #14 is Ela Cin­doruk Nazan Pak / 232 2664 / a gallery of funky flo­ral-ish mod jew­ellery. You can pop across the street to Arzu Kaprol at #9 / 225 0129 / arzukaprol.net / for highly in­di­vid­ual chic gal-gear, or head two doors down to #10 for a sweet branch of The House Café for homey fare, cakes and joe (see Lunch). At #8 buzz your­self up to the airy stu­dio of the fab­u­lous Zeynep Erol / 236 4668 / zeyneperol.net / for a stand­out, de­light­ful ar­ray of pre­cious, con­tempo body or­na­ments and un­usual rings. At #6 is Gönül Pak­soy’s smaller but cuter store / 261 9081 / the flag­ship store is across at #1 / the renowned ge­nius of hand-dyed fab­ric and eth­nic-eclec­tic jew­ellery, ac­ces­sories and fash­ion. On one side of the Gönül Pak­soy flag­ship store is late-night joint Ca­sita (see Rest./Re­laxed) and on the other is luxey leather-fest Koç / 258 5911 / for su­perb but­ter-soft skins in myr­iad de­signs. Now you have two op­tions: first, turn left into Tesvikiye¸ Cad. and pot­ter up to #105 for sticky-sweet Saray / 236 1617 / or­der the chicken pud­ding (tavukgögsü); in­side the com­plex at #117 are Pasabahçe¸ / 233 5005 / for very good value ev­ery­day glass­ware, and Bey­men Casa Club for tony lo­cal home­ware and a cuppa in their neat café. Or, turn right onto Tesvikiye¸ Cad. then bear right onto Maçka Cad. Take the first right into the gleam­ing Park Hy­att (see Ac­com.) and re­ward your­self with a nice, big pro­tein injection at The Prime (see Rest./Smart). Su­per­star!

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