Istanbul Turkey is historical mix of East meets West. Long before it became the last stop on the Silk Road the Greeks, Persians, Romans and Venetians all took turns at ruling before the Ottomans took over. Satisfy your tourist curiosity by exploring the cities many mosques and monuments before tucking into your choice of an impressive assortment of food options including everything from Italian to Asian cuisine.
The Witt Istanbul Hotel opened in 2008 in the former headquarters of Ogilvy & Mather. The Cihangir location is a bit off the beaten path but offers its visitors a genuine neighbourhood-feel, close to the Bosphorus Strait and the old city. The hotel’s sandstone exterior blends right into the nondescript apartment block but a look inside reveals stylish modernist interiors. With bespoke furniture by Turkey’s Autobahn, fixtures from Ross Lovegrove and a recurring laser-cut floral motif the hotel manages to set itself apart from the typical boutique hotel offerings. Rooms offer hardwood floors and king-size wardrobes along with bathrooms equipped with six shower heads and Molton Brown toiletries. A room service breakfast is included.
Witt Istanbul Hotel
Defterdar Yokusu No:26, Cihangir
Çiya Sofrasi is a wildly popular stop for south-eastern Turkish food. Although it is well-known for its kebabs, it’s also a great choice for a vegetarian. Try the salad bar which features Turkish and Middle Eastern classics like tomato and pepper salad, stuffed dried eggplants and hummus. The menu which changes daily is conveniently divided into “main courses with meat” and “main courses with vegetables”.
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The Hagia Sophia is a must-visit on your trip to Istanbul. “The eighth wonder of the world” is famed for its dome which is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. The Hagia Sophia has a storied background: used as a church for 916 years then as a mosque for 482 years. It was converted to a museum in 1935 and is now one of the most visited museums in the world.
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