Best of "cheap & chic" in Istanbul



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The guide photo is the view from the famous Pierre Loti Hill... For more like this and even better take a look at the following list of things to do, the places to eat great food at and places to easily have fun.

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Author: aisha


Day 1 - Istanbul


The best of cheap & chic options are a list of restaurants, bars and things to do within a limited budget, yet with exquisite taste of the city of Istanbul and its traditions.

As such, the list below has been divided into 3 sections. The first 4 items on the list are places, where you may get a taste of great Turkish food -listed in the order of preference of the author.
Kanaat appears first on the list, as at Kanaat, the visitor is able to eat food almost as good as home-cooked food. Very traditional and very historical...

Starting with the House Cafe are two options for going out at night. House Cafe Tunel is located at one end of the Asmali Mescit Street, which is a bar street with a variety of bars with varying degrees of popularity and prices.
Baykus is founded both in Beyoglu and in Cihangir. Cihangir is the upcoming bar street with various bars that are very lively with moderate prices and filled with young actors and actresses.

The remaining items on the list are the best budget things to do while in Istanbul. Pierre Loti Hotel is a budget lodging option, but it appears on the list also as a must-do item when residing in Istanbul. To reach Pierre Loti, go to Balat first, which is at Halic. You can reach here easily by bus or taxi. For directions in Istanbul, you may also visit: http://harita.iett.gov.tr/#
From Balat, rent a fishermen's boat (round trip costs around 20 euros) or take the ferry (one-way trip costs around 2-4 euros per person) to Eyup. At Eyup, climb up to the Pierre Loti Hill and watch the sunset from here. The famous Pierre Loti Hill is name after the well-known poet and author Loti, who was enraptured by Istanbul. He came here often to watch the beauties of the Golden Horn of those days. Take the ferry back to Halic and enjoy fish & bread at some buffet or cafe underneath the bridge.

The famous Istiklal Caddesi is another item on the list. Just stroll down this pedestrian street and stop here and there as you like. Shop inside the passages for second hand clothing and antiques.



1

Kanaat Lokanta

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Location:

Selmanipak Caddesi No:9 Uskudar
Üsküdar
Istanbul, Turkey

Contact:

tel: 90 216 341 5444 / 90 216 5533791
fax: 90 216 341 6855
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2

Tarihi Selim Usta Sultanahmet Köftecisi

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Location:

12 Divan Yolu
34110 Istanbul, Turkey

Contact:

tel: 90 212 513 1438
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3

Pudding Shop

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Location:

18 Divan Yolu
Sultanahmet (across from the tram)
Istanbul, Turkey

Contact:

tel: 90 212 522 2970
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4

Adem Baba

Location:

Beyazgul Caddesi No:2
Istanbul, Turkey

Contact:

tel: 90 212 263 29 33
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5

House Café Tünel (The)

Location:

Asmalı Mescit
Sümbül Sokak Tünel Geçidi İşhanı, B Blok No: 9/1-2
80050 Istanbul, Turkey

Contact:

tel: 90 212 245 9515 / 90 212 245 9516
fax: 90 212 245 9514
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6

Baykus

Location:

Bekar Sokak 22
Istanbul, Turkey

Contact:

tel: 90 212 292 8844


7

Pierre Loti Hotel

Location:

Piyerloti Cad. No: 1,
Sultanahmet - Cemberlitas
34400 Istanbul, Turkey

Contact:

tel: 90 212 518 5700
fax: 90 212 516 1886
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8

İstiklal Caddesi

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Location:

İstiklal Caddesi
Istiklal Cad., Beyoglu
34437 Istanbul, Turkey


9

Istanbul Ferry

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Location:

Various locations
Istanbul, Turkey


10

Adalar (Princes' Islands)

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Location:

Adalar
Istanbul, Turkey


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