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Room with a view: Istanbul restaurants


Istanbul is famous for its remarkable history, and is also ideal for those looking for a gastronomic experience. The city has a wide selection of historic and modern restaurants, combining the best of eastern and western cuisine. SHOP salutes some of the most scenic spots to catch a bite

TOPAZ
This recently opened restaurant is one of the best examples of fine dining in Istanbul. Its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Bosphorus offer a remarkable view of the city. Topaz serves historic Ottoman cuisine, and has an exquisite atmosphere, great service and an extensive wine list.

Topaz, İnönü Caddessi Ömer Avni Mahallesi 50, Gümüşsuyu, +90 212 249 1001

KIZKULESI
The Maiden Tower, where Kızkulesi is located, is a Turkish landmark mentioned in legends, poems and novels, situated in the middle of the Bosphorus, between two continents, Asia and Europe. Getting there means a boat trip but the menu and the historic surroundings make it well worthwhile.

Kizkulesi Salacak Mevkii, Üsküdar, +90 216 342 4747

360
This award-winning restaurant serves international dishes alongside traditional Turkish fare. Located in the buzzy district of Taksim, in the penthouse of a historic Art Nouveau building, 360 is named for the stunning 360-degree view of Istanbul from its floor-to-ceiling windows. In the summer, the patio is packed with diners enjoying lunch or dinner and, after dark, it transforms itself into one of the city's favourite nightclubs.

360, İstiklal Caddesi, Mısır Apt 311, Beyoğlu, +90 212 251 1042

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