Business

Turkey,
Istanbul

Introduction

Ambition is the stuff that drives Istanbul and its ornate streets tell a story of entrepreneurial zeal that has shaped the city. That old spirit is back as growth in retail and hospitality revives once-faded neighbourhoods and makes them ready for business. The city’s advantage lies in its panoramic perspective: it looks from central Asia to the Middle East and Mediterranean and is as much a crossroads for investment as culture. Couple this with a rich intersection between business and culture within the city and Istanbul’s ancient moniker as “the city of the world’s desire” seems as assured as ever.

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Essentials

  1. Taxis can be erratic. Don’t be afraid to say, “Biraz daha yavas, lutfen!” (“A little slower, please!”).
  2. Most museums and galleries are closed on Mondays.
  3. Turks are proud of their generosity: never refuse a cup of black tea.
  4. Learning a little Turkish is not only polite but the basics are often essential for getting around.
  5. If in town for business, expect quick meetings to run into lunch.

Two-hour tour

  • Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami — A hamam experience in a 16th-century masterpiece.

  • Arnavutkoy to Bebek — A leisurely stroll that passes the art nouveau Egyptian consulate in Bebek.

  • Istanbul Modern — Take in a contemporary-art exhibition and have lunch on the terrace.

Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Vault Karakoy

    Bankalar Caddesi 5, Beyoglu

    +90 (0)212 244 6434

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  • Dependable chain

    Park Hyatt - Macka Palas

    Bronz Sokak 4, Tesvikiye

    +90 (0)212 315 1234

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  • Premium

    Ciragan Palace Kempinski

    Ciragan Caddesi 32, Besiktas

    +90 (0)212 326 4646

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Van Kahvalti Evi

    Defterdar Yokusu 52A, Cihangir

    +90 (0)212 293 6437

  • Business breakfast

    Mangerie

    Cevdetpasa Caddesi 69, Bebek

    +90 (0)212 263 5199

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Mandabatmaz

    Istiklal Caddesi 1A, Taksim

  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Karakoy Lokantasi

    Kemankes Caddesi 37A

    +90 (0)212 292 4455

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  • Dinner on your own

    Mikla

    Mesrutiyet Caddesi 15, Pera

    +90 (0)212 293 5656

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  • Dinner with colleagues

    Asmali Cavit

    Asmalimescit Caddesi 16/D, Beyoglu

    +90 (0)212 292 4950

  • Big dinner with partners/clients

    Munferit

    Yeni Carsi Caddessi 19, Galatasaray

    +90 (0)212 252 5067

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  • Drink after dinner

    Unter

    Karaali Kaptan Sokak 4, Karakoy

    +90 (0)212 244 5151

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  • On the tiles

    Gaspar

    Arap Oglan Sokak 6, Karakoy

    +90 (0)212 293 6660

Reading

  • Bookshop

    Robinson Crusoe 389

    Istiklal Caddesi 136, Beyoglu

    +90 (0)212 232 4440

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Thank yous

  • Turkish Sweets

    Haci Bekir

    Istiklal Caddesi 83A, Beyoglu

    +90 (0)212 244 2804

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Ece — Authentic handcrafted diaries

    Necati Bey Caddesi 30, Karakoy

    +90 (0)212 522 5544

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Beymen

    Abdi Ipekci Caddesi 23/1, Nisantasi

    +90 (0)212 373 4800

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  • Something for someone you love

    Pasabahce — Turkish-glass art

    Istiklal Caddesi 314, Beyoglu

    +90 (0)212 244 0544

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Transport

  • Taxi — Hailing a cab is easy but be sure to check the meter is turned on. Alternatively, download BiTaksi’s app and order a taxi.

  • Istanbulkart — An all-access pass for every mode of public transport in the city. It can be purchased from kiosks around Istanbul for about €2.

Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Mars Athletic Club

    Kadirgalar Caddesi 3, Macka

    +90 (0)212 232 4440

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