Byzantium Boom

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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

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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Beyoğlu, İstiklal
Caddesi No: 136, Beyoğlu

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

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

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.

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Egeran Galeri

Kemankeş Mah.,Tophane
İskele Caddesi,
No: 12A, Beyoğlu

A booming local art scene prompted Turkish American (and former White Cube staffer) Suzanne Egeran to cofound Galeri Manâ in 2011. Now she has gone solo with an eponymous space. Look for its distinctive undulating glass facade.