New Baklava trend in Istanbul- Hafız Mustafa

You can sell anything if you have a good story, good decoration and good sales team. If you are in Istanbul you will see Hafiz Mustafa Confectionary with impressive decoration and full of desserts. So many desserts that you feel like you are in a child’s movie whose dream came true:) And they taste good!

Hafız Mustafa was established in 1864 in Eminönü. I was born and raised in Istanbul and just learned this brand 5 years before. So it is a little bit surprising for me. Hafiz Mustafa Stores became common suddenly and we Istanbullers learned this brand suddenly. I guess they hired a martketing director from a multinational company.

I also need a good marketing director for my website:)

When you come to Istanbul enjoy Hafiz Mustafa’s deserts and feel the confectionary history of the city. Old brand and young sales team!

Sales people wear “fes” on their head to make you feel that you are in Ottoman Empire. But thanks to Ataturk and his friends that we are not in Ottoman anymore!

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The best doner kebab place in Istanbul

Eating Doner is a in a to do list in Istabul.

If you are not vegetarian you should try it.

There are many good doner kebab places but I’m giving you the best two ones for locals.

karadeniz doner

Karadeniz Pide ve Döner Salonu
This place is in Beşiktaş and has lots of doner fans. For many years people go there even wait in a que to eat doner kebab or a sandvic of doner. The taste of the meat and taste is delicious. The meat used in doner generally cow meat everywhere…
They are not open on Sundays and doner can be finished till 5pm. So be quick!

If you love doner you should taste it.
The best of best!

Adress:
Sinan Paşa Mah. Mumcu Bakkal Sok. No:6 Beşiktaş 34349 Istanbul Beşiktaş, Sinanpaşa
(0212) 2617693

zümrüt

Zümrüt Büfe
This place is in Eminönü and one of the secrets of Istanbul. They are making doner since 1961 and really good in doner. Also they have a very good “Ayran” Ayran is something made from yoghurt. It is like nationalt drink of Turkey.
Adress:
Go to Kılıçlar door of GrandBazaar entrance and ask anybody Zümrüt Büfe. So easy.
Sabuncu Han Caddesi. No: 26 Eminönü / İstanbul
Tel: 0212 5228979

Shopping in Istanbul

If you want to do shopping there are several options. One of them is Nişantaşı street full of stores with local brands and foreign brands. Nişantaşı has also stores of Turkish famous designers. The second option is Osmanbey, which is close to Nişantaşı and prices are more reasonable. Bağdat Caddesi (street) also a big source for shopping. Fancy street with fancy stores. If you like shopping you should see Nişantaş and Bağdat streets.

 

If you want cheap shoppin places I suggest below:

1- Beyoğlu İş Merkezi – Taksim

It is located on Istiklal street. Really prices are very good!

The adress is  Adres: Asmalı Mescit Mh. İstiklal Caddesi No: 187 İstiklal Beyoğlu İstanbul

2- Terkos Pasajı – Taksim

This one is crazy place like open markez on Istıklal street. Cheap cheap cheap! You can find a tshirt for 5 Tl (2 Euros) Adres: Asmalı Mescit Mh. İstiklal Caddesi, Terkoz Çıkmazı Sokak, Beyoğlu-Taksim/İST

3- Beşiktaş Çarşısı Sinanpaşa Pasajı – Beşiktaş

This is located in Beşiktaş and if you ask someone, they will show.

Adres: Hasfırın Cad. Sinanpaşa İş Merkezi No:5 Beşiktaş

4- Opera Onur Pasajı – Kadıköy

This is located in Kadıköy on Bahariye Street.

Adres: Osmanağa Mh., 34714 Kadıköy/İstanbul

 

Also open bazaars can be a option.

 

Also there are big AVM’s in Istanbul. Below you will find them

 

Akmerkez Shopping Center

Akmerkez

This four-storey mall with almost 250 stores covers an area of 180.000 sq meters.

10 am and 10 pm every day.

Address: Ulus Caddesi No:3, Etiler – Istanbul

http://www.akmerkez.com.tr/

Istinye Park Shopping Center

Istinye Park

Spread out over an area of 242.000 sqm, the shopping center offers a variety of outdoor and glass roofed indoor sections such as a green central park, Fashion District, street side shopping, a kids’ entertainment center of 1.500 sqm, Hillside Sports and Leisure Club, The Bazaar — an area inspired by historical Turkish architecture — and 12 movie halls, one of which being IMAX 3D.

Address: İstinye Bayırı Cad. No: 73, Sarıyer – Istanbul

http://www.istinyepark.com

Kanyon Shopping Center

Kanyon

As a four-storey shopping center located in the financial district of Levent, the 37.500 sqm shopping center has 160 stores among which Turkey’s and the world’s most selected brands, gourmet restaurants, cafes, a health and sports club and movie halls.

Address: Büyükdere Caddesi No:185

http://www.kanyon.com.tr/#/en/homepage/

City’s Shopping Center

City’s

City’s concept is described as a Life Style Center. It sure deserves this stylish title, considering the variety of the stores, cafes, restaurants and the vital 24 hour six-storey parking service it provides to the populous area.

Address: Teşvikiye Mahallesi Teşvikiye Caddesi No:162, Nişantaşı – Istanbul

http://www.citysnisantasi.com/

Forum Istanbul

It includes big stores like IKEA, the sports store Decathlon, Praktiker, several technology stores, 62 domestic and international clothing and shoe stores, 15 cafes, 34 restaurants and 10 movie halls.

Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi,Paşa Caddesi, Bayrampasa – Istanbul

http://www.forumistanbul.com.tr

Galleria Shopping Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

Galleria Shopping Center

Galleria

It has several elite stores, restaurants, movie halls, a bowling hall and an ice skating rink. Galleria was recognized as the world’s most outstanding mall in 1990 by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for sophisticated blueprint design, rapid construction, and unique structural features.

Address: Bakırköy Ataköy arası sahilyolu, Istanbul

http://www.galleria-atakoy.com.tr/

Metrocity Shopping Center

Metrocity

 

A four-storey shopping center housing 140 stores located in the finance district of Levent. Teflon coated fiberglass fabric was used for the roof construction, which brightens up the shopping pleasure.

Address: Büyükdere Cad. No:171 1. Levent

http://www.metrocity.com.tr/

Boutigue hotels in Istanbul

AVANTGARDE HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Şişli
http://www.avantgardehotel.com
info@avantgardehotel.com
Butik Belgeli Oteller
GEZİ HOTEL BOSPHORUS
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Taksim
http://www.gezibosphorus.com
info@gezibosphorus.com
Butik Belgeli Oteller
HOTEL LES OTTOMANS
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Beşiktaş
http://www.lesottomans.com
info@lesottomans.com
Butik Belgeli Oteller
MIA PERA HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Tepebaşı
http://www.miaperahotel.com
info@miaperahotel.com
Butik Belgeli Oteller
OPERA HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Beyoğlu
http://www.operahotel.com.tr
info@operahotel.com.tr
Butik Belgeli Oteller
PARK HYATT İSTANBUL MAÇKA PALAS
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Şişli
http://www.istanbul.park.hyatt.com
istanbul.park@hyatt.com
Butik Belgeli Oteller
ROMANCE HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Sirkeci
http://www.romancehotel.com
info@romancehotel.com
Butik Belgeli Oteller
SKY KAMER HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Beyazıt
http://www.skykamerhotel.com
info@skykamerhotel.com
Butik Belgeli Oteller
SURA DESIGN HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Fatih
http://www.surahotels.com
info@surahotels.com

2 stars hotels in European side of Istanbul

BEST WESTERN TAŞHAN BUSINESS & AIRPORT HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Bakırköy
http://www.tashan.com.tr
tashan@tashan.com.tr

DIANA HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Laleli
http://www.dianahotelistanbul.com

HISTORY HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Laleli
http://historyhotel.com
info@historyhotel.com

INTER HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Beyazıt
http://www.hotelinteristanbul.com
info@hotelinteristanbul.com

İSTANBUL TUNA
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Şişli
http://www.hoteltuna.com
info@hoteltuna.com

PİSA HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Laleli
http://www.pisahotelistanbul.com
info@pisahotelistanbul.com

SUNLIGHT HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Çemberlitaş
http://www.sedirhotels.com
sunlight@sedirhotels.com

ŞAHİNLER
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Laleli

THE 22 HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Şişli
http://www.the22hotel.com
reservation@the22hotel.com

TOPKAPI HOTEL
İst – Avrupa Yakası
Fındıkzade
http://www.hoteltopkapi.com
hoteltopkapi@hotmail.com

3 stars hotels in Asian (Anatolian) side of Istanbul

ADEN HOTEL
İst – Anadolu Yakası
Kadıköy
http://www.adenotel.com
info@adenotel.com

DEĞİRMEN OTEL
İst – Anadolu Yakası
Şile
http://www.degirmenotel.com.tr
info@degirmenotel.com.tr

HAREM HOTEL
İst – Anadolu Yakası
Üsküdar
http://www.haremhotel.com
info@haremhotel.com

HOTEL MYDORA
İst – Anadolu Yakası
Kadıköy
http://www.hotelmydora.com
reception@hotelmydora.com

KADIKÖY RIHTIM OTELİ
İst – Anadolu Yakası
Kadıköy

Anasayfa


info@rihtimotel.com

ŞİLE RESORT
İst – Anadolu Yakası
Şile
http://www.sileresorthotel.com/
sileresort@sileresorthotel.com