Geschreven door Tiany Kiriloff
Tiany Kiriloff is deze maand de guest editor bij Feeling. Lees hier meer over haar avonturen in Istanbul!
I don’t know why but I had been dreaming of visiting Istanbul for ages, so when the Belgian fashion magazine Feeling asked me to book a city trip, the decision was made within seconds.
I must admit that my physical condition was not really the most convenient as I was struggling with the flu and about 29 weeks pregnant, but the experience was amazing and Istanbul turned out to be so much more than I expected.
Bestie Els, editor in chief Fashion & Beauty of Feeling, and I managed to do a lot of walking around and we discovered some amazing mind-boggling pretty places in the near surroundings of this quarter named Karaköy, formerly known as the fisherman’s neighborhood and nowadays the place to be. It’s filled with little beautiful & edgy boutiques and truckloads of restaurants that will have you in total awe.
It turns out that Istanbul is a fascinating eclectic mix of different cultures and influences; it’s beautiful mosques and historical buildings are really a sight for sore eyes. Their coffee culture is totally up my alley and they’ve got a surprising beautiful selection of interior shops, totally the type of things you’d find in hipster cities such as New York or London.
If you’re about to treat yourself to one thing than please consider a stay at the brand new Soho House in Istanbul, it’s amazing and truly a very cozy place to stay! Food is great, the vibes are cool and the rooms will make your Instagram likes skyrocket for sure.
As a guest you’re also allowed in the very distinguished and members only areas, which will have you feeling like a million dollars and if you’re into spa’s, than you must book yourself some pampering time in the Cowshed Soho House spa. Please don’t hesitate, you won’t regret it as it’s a great start to a weekend full of Istanbul fun.
Food is totally affordable and really good and the spots we discovered are more than Pinterest worthy. A little round up of some places to eat that I strongly advise.
* Dandin Bakery: too pretty for words and a great address for the sweet tooth amongst us.
* Mama Shelter: for a fancy bite with a view on their rooftop terrace, good food but a bit of patience is a must as the service is kind of slow.
* Patisserie de Pera: which is part of the luxurious Pera Palace Jumeirah Hotel, it is the ultimate place to be if you enjoy a gourmet cup of tea and a delicious piece of homemade fine patisserie and the classy pink interior makes it all even more adorable.
Is one of the fascinating streets of Karakoy Istanbul that you really must visit, you’ll find a lovely selection of places to eat, drink & shop and they all look amazing.
* No Vacancy: tiny and cute little concept store selling accessories, clothes and sweets.
* Bey: the place to be for your beloved partner.
* Fashion at Eye: this place is a must if you’re into crazy and most original sunglasses. Selling a lot of unique and vintage pieces.
* Naif: good food in a wonderful and beautiful setting, what else could you wish for?
* AMUZ: this shop was love at first sight, they sell truckloads of beautiful deco stuff and all kinds of succulent and cactus plants.
* Beymen: if you’re into luxury brands and you’ve got money to spend, than do not hesitate to pay Beymen a visit as they sell quite a selection of luxury designer brands.
* Hamm design: if you’re into pretty home deco, than this is the place to be. Their selection is just great and you’ll find yourself wanting to buy every single thing they sell!
* Pied de Poule: it’s no secret, I’m a vintage freak and so is my beloved friend Els, which is a great thing when in Istanbul as they have this little treasure cove called Pied de Poule, which is packed with some real vintage gems. The store’s owner is a one of a kind “collectionneur” and her shop is full of clothes and accessories. The number of dresses is numerous and the owner knows every single piece she stocks, so along your visit she will surprise you with so many pretty things that you’ll end up wanting to come back for more.
Pied de Poule is located in the charming district of Cukurcuma where you will be able to find a wide variety of antique shops and edgy little boutiques.
BE A TOURIST
If it’s your first time, than I advise you to hop on one of those extreme touristic bus rides. Istanbul is gigantic and thanks to these busses you at least get a slight overview of the city. You also get to visit all these “touristy” spots like the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque that in the end are amazing highlights and thus total must-see spots.
This month you can read about all my adventures of the trip to Istanbul in the September issue of Feeling. Enjoy!