The Ritz Carlton Istanbul presents an “off the beaten track” guide to Istanbul

The Concierges at the Ritz Carlton Istanbul have compiled for CPP-LUXURY.COM a set of “off the beaten track” recommendations to visit Istanbul

Street art in the Karaköy district

Keep your eyes open for the top of the buildings. There are so many old graffitis done by foreign artists like 1UP. Kripoe’s yellow hands works by local graffiti artists Leo and Mr.Hure’s works are also must sees in this area. Walking towards Kabataş- on the left side- will take you to the new Karaköy, which is becoming the hip place to hang out among creatives.

There are very unique street art pieces to see around, like ones from Demo and Gezi. Depending on the time you’re visiting, you can also enter the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and see local graffiti artist Nuka, whose work was commissioned by the University itself! If you’re still up for more action, then head over to the Karaköy-Kadıköy ferry line. It takes around 30 mins, with a wonderful view of the city and its one of the cheapest ways to get to the Asian side

Street Art in Istanbul

Istiklal shopping street

It is one of the city’s main shopping streets and is always crowded. This street, starting from Taksim Square all the way to Tünel . İstiklal also has many interesting side streets and small pasaj (arcades). Definitely check out the Beyoğlu Balık Pazarı (open air market) for some serious food shopping, and then wander a few more steps next door to the famous Çiçek Pasajı, a famous historic arcade opened in 1876. If you get tired of walking, take the historic red tramway that runs up and down the street.

Istiklal Shopping Street

Mezze by Lemon Tree Restaurant

A niche in the world of Istanbul’s meyhanes, Meze By Lemon Tree is different from the classic meze joint: it’s very traditional and very modern at the same time. The Meze kitchen is based on the idea of creating experimental dishes without straying too far from traditional codes of the Turkish cuisine. As such, classic Turkish ingredients and recipes are used in order to create fun and inventive dishes.

Mezze by Lemon Tree Restaurant in Istanbul

Street Markets

Weekly markets are held in almost every neighborhood throughout the city. This is an old tradition that comes from the Ottoman times. Markets in Turkey offer more than just fruit and vegetables. You may find almost anything in the markets. Textiles have a great hand in the popularity of markets. Even celebrities and high-society members are spotted while shopping at markets in Istanbul, and they don’t look bashful at all. It is also possible to buy local cheese, olives, spices, nuts, and even clothing.

Bahçelievler Göztepe

Kadıköy  Salı Pazarı, Bakırköy, 4 Levent
Arnavutköy,  Bahçeşehir, Fındıkzade
Yeşilköy, Fatih .
Ulus, Erenköy, Beykoz
Kadıköy, Kozyatağı, Üsküdar ,Fındıkzade
Bakırköy, Beşiktaş , Feriköy Organic Market, Bahçeşehir, Pendik, Çekmeköy Sosyete Pazarı
Koşuyolu , Beylikdüzü , Kasımpaşa , Mecidiyeköy and Feriköy Antique Market.

Bakırköy Market Istanbul

Cicek Passage (Beyoglu)

Once graced with the French title ‘Cite de Pera’, Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage) retains a European style elegance. This iconic Passage dates back to the mid 19th century to its days as a glamorous theatre until a destructive fire in 1870 led to its transformation into a shopping mall and later a flower auction place and blue collar hangout. These days, the Passage is lined with restaurants offering an upscale Meyhane (Turkish taverna) experience. Many foreigners and locals come here to enjoy the beautiful architecture and lively atmosphere.

Cicek Passage (Beyoglu)

Rhythm of the Dance

Sensational  Ottoman harem  dances  , charming traditional dances and exotic belly dances  are  showcased magnificently.  Fascinating choreography . Rhythm and fire shows.  Highly energic and moving .  Amazing  costumes.  360 degree special visual effects creates magical show atmosphere in the historical place . You may enjoy the Dervish Experience Exhibition in the foyer area before the show.

Rhythm of the Dance – Istanbul

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Art & Dine)

The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey’s first private museum to organize modern and contemporary art exhibitions, was founded in 2004 and occupies an 8,000 square meter site on the shores of the Bosphorus.

Istanbul Modern embraces a global vision to collect, preserve, exhibit and document works of modern and contemporary art and make them accessible to art lovers.

Restaurant and terrace looking out to the historical peninsula of Istanbul and the Bosphorus, Istanbul Modern Restaurant serves everyone, regardless of whether they are visiting the museum, with a rich menu.

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Atlas Passage

Ottoman architecture is dominated by the Atlas Passage, was built in 1877. Damaged by Galata fire in 1870, after it was repaired in 1900. Passage of the front of the four-storey, while the rear block’s third floor. Block A historic property still remains. Its present form in 1985, has 44 stores in the passage area. A passage movie of the same name, as well as two associations (Film Director Association, Contemporary Theatre Players Association-ÇAYOD), theater and bar is located. Clothing, gifts, home furnishings, original clothes being sold. Backstage Sefahathane that brings together players from the theater with a bar at the entrance to the passage. Two doors, front door to Istiklal Avenue, the rear door opens down the street fountain

Atlas Passage

Swimming in the Black Sea

Kilyos is a small Black Sea village which is surrounded by green forests. The village is just a forty five minutes drive from Istanbul. we can provide you a break to escape from the bigcity just for an afternoon. Feel historical and natural atmosphere of Istanbul at the same time…! Enjoy the sandy beach, swimming, sun and nature.

Swimming at the Black Sea

Tips provided by The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul,  Harbiye Mahallesi, Asker Ocagi Caddesi, No:6, Süzer Plaza, 34367 Istanbul, Turkey; T +902123344444