Byzantium Boom

By Shonquis Moreno
The former Constantinople isn’t all Ottoman-era carpets and ruins: A cutting-edge art, dining, and travel scene overlays its rich past.
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Otlukbeli Cad., Bebeköy 
Sok No: 4, Etiler
011-90-212-287-15-00

Local, organic ingredients and jazz are served on a brick-framed "porch" and a sloping Gatsby-ish lawn, dotted with lantern-hung trees and a panoramic view over the city.

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SALT

Beyoğlu, İstiklal
Caddesi No: 136, Beyoğlu
011-90-212-377-42-00

Museum, gallery, and exhibition space Salt doesn’t just archive art and design; it makes them. Look for films, lectures, and eclectic interiors by young designers, as well as cafes, bookstores, and even a rooftop garden by Fritz Haeg.

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Georges Hotel Galata

Serdar-I Ekrem Sokak,
No: 24, Galata–Beyoğlu
011-90-212-244-24-23

This one-year-old hotel features a popular bar where expats and locals gather. Rooms are decked out with sleek marble bathrooms, modern furniture, and lighting that’s been handcrafted by Turkish woodworkers and metalsmiths.

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Armaggan Nuruosmaniye

Nuruosmaniye Cad.,
No: 65, Nuruosmaniye
011-90-212-522-44-33

This luxury emporium keeps traditional Turkish craft alive by commissioning modern jewelry, textiles, food, housewares, and fashion from regional artisans who work with local materials and age-old techniques.