Business

Turkey,
Istanbul

Introduction

Doing business in Turkey can be riddled with bureaucracy but a burgeoning economy and increasingly nimble transport links have made Istanbul an important hub for East/West deals. Istanbul also remains the imperial capital built on Seven Hills – so pack a sturdy pair of trainers and traverse the old city within the ruined walls built by the Romans. At night, treat yourself to a cold Efes beer at the Tunel neighbourhood of Beyoglu.

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Essentials

  1. Ask a local to tell you the story of where the country got its name.
  2. On each weekday a different neighbourhood features its fresh produce in the open markets.
  3. Take a ferry ride to the Asian side past the breathtaking Haydarpasa station, then on to Kadikoy.
  4. Walk on the Ottoman city walls at the Yedikule Fortress Museum.
  5. Eat a fresh mackerel sandwich off the boats in Eminonu.

Two-hour tour

  • The Hagia Sophia, Sultanahment (Blue) Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Yerebatan Cistern — The Bazaar is closed on Sundays and the others are closed on Mondays, so plan accordingly.

  • Princes' Islands — Hop off at Burgazada, the smallest and least-visited island and take a horse and trap to Kalpazankaya Restaurant, a glorious open-air meyhane overlooking the sea.

  • Rumeli Hisari — Climb the fortress ramparts.

  • Sakip Sabanci Museum — Take in an exhibition and visit the excellent Muzedechanga café for lunch.

    Sakip Sabanci Caddesi 42, Emirgan

    + 90 212 277 2200

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    The House Hotel Nisantasi

    Abdi Ipekci Caddesi 34, Nisantasi

    +90 212 224 5999

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  • Dependable chain

    Park Hyatt - Macka Palas

    Tesvikiye, Bronz Sokak 4, Sisli

    +90 212 315 1234

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  • Premium

    Sumahan on the Water

    Kuleli Caddesi 51, Çengelkoy

    +90 216 422 8000

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Namli Gurme

    Katotopark Alti 1, Karakoy

    +90 212 293 6880

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  • Business breakfast

    Mangerie

    Cevdetpasa Caddesi 69, Bebek

    +90 212 263 5199

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Hotel Empress Zoe

    Akbiyik Caddesi 10, Sultanahmet

    +90 212 518 2504

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Karakoy Lokantasi

    Kemankes Caddesi 37, Karakoy

    +90 212 292 4455

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  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Leb-i-der ya

    Kumbaraci Yokusu 57/6, Tunel

    +90 212 293 4989

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  • Private dinner

    Vogue

    Akaretler Spor Caddesi 92, BJK Plaza A Blok K:13, Besiktas

    +90 212 227 4404

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Asmali Cavit

    Asmalimescit Caddesi 16/D, Beyoglu

    +90 212 292 4950

  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Munferit

    Yeni Carsi Caddessi 19, Galatasaray

    +90 212 252 5067

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  • Drink after dinner

    Lucca

    Cevdet Pasa Caddesi 51, Bebek Mahallesi

    +90 212 257 1255

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  • On the tiles

    Georges Hotel

    Serdar-I Ekrem Caddesi 24, Beyoglu

    +90 212 244 2423

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  • Night out

    Anjelique

    Salhane Sokak 5, Ortakoy

    +90 212 327 2844

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  • Lunch on your own

    Kantin

    Akkavak Sokagi 30, Nisantasi

    +90 212 219 3114

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    Robinson Crusoe 389

    Istiklal Caddesi 389, Tomtom Mahallesi

    +90 212 293 6968

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Thank yous

  • Turkish Sweets

    Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir

    Hamidiye Caddesi 83, Beyoglu

    +90 212 245 1375

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Sivasli Yazmaci — Hand-printed fabrics from Sivasli Yazmaci

    Yaglikcilar Caddesi 57, Beyazit

    +90 212 526 7748

  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    YKM Cevahir

    Buyukdere Caddesi 22, Sisli

    +90 212 380 0343

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  • Something for someone you love

    Ozlem Tuna Design Zone — Jewellery

    Hobyar Mahallesi, Ankara Caddesi 65, Nemlizade

    +90 212 527 9285

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  • Something for the kids

    Yalvac Abi Kitabevi — Custom-drawn cartoons from Yalvac Abi Kitabevi

    Valikonagi Cadessi 13, Nisantes

    +90 212 234 9589

Transport

  • Akbil — An all-access pass for every mode of public transport in the city (there is an Akbil kiosk in Taksim Square).

Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Mars Athletic Club

    Harbiye Mahallesi Kadirgalar Caddesi 3, Macka

    +90 212 232 4440

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