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A Hidden Gem: Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery

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As many of the historical places are in Sultanahmet Square, there are many gift and souvenir shops you can find. Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery is one of them but this place is unique as they are selling all inspiring pieces here. You can find extraordinary woolen handmade rugs but they are not pieces that one can find anywhere else. They sell Nomadic rugs, all handmade knitted with woollen, dyed with natural madders. That is the main feature of these rugs and even you use for long years colors stay still. There are many beautiful rugs, with nice motives from different regions of Anatolia that can be used in homes, ofices or in boutique places.

Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery also presents Ottoman textile manufactured with silk. You can find kilims which Anatolian people still use instead of rugs in their homes. You may also like cushions, buying a couple for yourself or for a friend can be a good gift idea. But before seeing İznic tiles, don’t finish shopping, they are really amazing. If you have heard about İznic tiles you may know it requires to be an expert to understand if they are handmade or serial fabric. In Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery you can find nice İznic tiles safely, all handmade nice decorative plates with handmade tiles. If you won’ t have trouble while carrying, there are some kilim furnitures and mosaic lamps as well.  By Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery’ s website you can also order online to have them safely by shipped to your door.

New Place, New Tastes: Dandin Bakery

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If you are walking around Beyoğlu, Karaköy or Eminönü and looking for a place to drop by and try some fresh and new tastes, here is a new place, Dandin Bakery, welcomes you with a big smile and extraordinary bakeries.

You can feel, place is a dream of a young couple while you step by the place. It is bakery shop but has a cafe part for the guests to have sit and rest for a while. Both owners are designer and Dandin was their workshop place just a few years ago. After they decided to bake nice cookies like madeleine biscuits, pastries like religieuse, tarts and serve nice coffees they moved workshop somewhere else.  There are really new tastes like beet burger, lavender chocolate cake at least you may wonder how it looks.

The place has a remarkable architecture with high ceiling as the owners also wanted to express their lifestyle. The atmosphere in Dandin Bakery is warm like you are visiting one of your friends home for evening tea or Sunday breakfast, staff is polite and prices are reasonable.

Dandin Bakery is ideal for meeting with friends after work or planning a intimate celebration with a few friends. If you like to try non common dishes and desserts, Dandin Bakery should be top of your list to visit in İstanbul and possibly in Europe. As each day their visitors and addicted customers increases it is advised to make reservation to find a place if you would like to have time here.

A Byzantine Church: Chora Museum

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Kariye Museum or known as Chora museum is located a bit far from city, that is why it was called “chora” that means out of city and far in Latin. It is located near Edirnekapı region, near Goldenhorn. Even it is a bit hard to find the way, as you can see some early Byzantine times mosaics, frescoes and wall paintings here, you should visit here for a complete İstanbul trip. “The Anastasis Scene” can be seen here is one of the best mosaics well deserved since 10. Century. If you take a taxi for going you will have chance to see Theodosian Walls on the way.

Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora (the original name) was built in early 5th century as a monastry. As the remaing fabrics was added between 1075-1085, today church presents these 10. Century’ s architectural features. After the earthquake in 12. Century renovated by Comnenus one of the son of Byzatine Emperor.

Mosaics and frescos in Kariye Museum was performed one the leading artist of century, Theodore Metochites, between 1315-1321. According to a rumour Metochites lived in church as a monk last 2 years before his death.

After the conquest of Byzantine Chora Church was used as church till 1511 then was converted to a mosque and used as a mosque till 1945. After renovations between 1948-1958, church was opened as a museum and stands still with unique frescoes. Kariye Museum represents the art and architecture or Byzantine and Eastern Empire and one the best places every art and history enthusiasts should see.

Home of Tulips: Emirgan Park

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For those who want to relax away from the hussle and noise in the city, Emirgan Park is the ultimate location to go. It is the most beautiful park in Istanbul where you can walk in park and a forest and have a look at the sea at the same time. It’s on a hillside opposing Bosphorus within a 470.000 m2 of area. Located in Emirgan, Sariyer, it is one of the the largest urban parks in Istanbul.

It also has a history from Ottoman Empire. The park took its name from Emir Gune Han whom Ottoman sultan Murad IV (reigned 1623-1640) presented the estate to. In time the name becomes Emirgan. The area changed owners several times and by the the 1860s, it was owned by Khedive Ismail Pasha. He built three wooden pavilions; White, yellow and pink which still exist.

Today it is run by Municipality of Istanbul. There are two beautiful ponds and more than 120 species of plants. But tulip is the most important of them. There is a special tulip garden in the park and in every April, an annual international tulip festival is organized which makes the park even more attractive and colorful.

It is very easy to reach Emirgan Korusu from Three Apples Hotels. The most convenient way is to directly take the bus (40, 42T, 40T) from Taksim. You will get there in 15 minutes without the traffic.

A Flavourful Rooftop: Duble Meze Bar

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Hitting the glasses with friends in the weekend is something else. If you want to combine the scene with a fantastic Istanbul view, we recommend that you visit Duble Meze Bar. It’s a rooftop restaurant in the buzzing neighbourhood of Pera Palace with a breath-taking Golden Horn view.

As the name suggests, place is specialized in mezzes (Turkish tapas). They present traditional Ottoman, Mediterrenean and Balkan tastes in an innovative fashion. If you have a hard time choosing between more than 40 mezzes, you should definitely give priority to smoked scallop with Turkish pastırma and hummus.  Wide selection of wines and rakis in the menu is guarantee to a sweet evening. Boutique Turkish wines are definitely worth trying. If you prefer to have a cocktail before or after the meal, Cucumber Mojito is a fine choice.

Saying that Duble Meze Bar with its modern decor and relaxing ambience offers the guests a perfect experience wouldn’t be an overstatement. The view that you won’t get enough is unique. Turkish music begins to be played around 11:00 pm and people start dancing which makes the ambience even more colorful. If you’re in Istanbul or planning to come, you should experience Duble Meze Bar for yourself. But don’t forget to book before hand or you may not find a table.

Our hotel guests staying at Three Apples, the place is very easy to locate from Istiklal Street. You can either walk for 15-20 min. to Asmalı Mescit or you can use the metro to Sishane stop. Exit out of  Kasimpasa exit, go upwards to galata. It’s on the corner where Mesrutiyet and Asmalı Mescit Street meet.

Witness of The Past: Rahmi Koc Museum

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If you are ready to witness history we’re going to Rahmi Koç Museum. The museum, located in Haskoy district of Istanbul, in Turkey, has been dedicated to industrial, transportation, and communication history . Open with the support of businessman Rahmi Koç, often events and special exhibitions are organized in the museum. You can also see the private collection of objects belonging to Rahmi Koç himself.

Built over a large area of 27,000 square meters, the museum entrance welcomes you with a real plane. The museum consists of two parts as Lengerhane building and Haskoy Shipyard. Lengerhane Building which had been established for the shipyard in III. Ahmet period during Ottoman Empire, was purchased by the Rahmi M. Koç Museum and Cultural Foundation in 1991 and opened to visitors in 1994. And in 1996 Haskoy Shipyard was purchased by the Foundation and was included in the museum in 2001 .

While wandering the museum which have tremendous wealth and beauty in terms of artifacts and objects it hosts, you will have a sense of taking a trip in time and you will definitely lose track of time. You can be sure that you won’t get enough of watching thousands of pieces with interest from classic cars, gramophone needle , industrial machinery to the old trains. Contained in the shipyard section there are pleasant alternatives such as Teapot Café , Fenerbahçe Ferry , and Coca-Cola Buffet for those who want to rest.

To reach Rahmi Koc Museum from Three Apples Suites & Residence our guests can take the bus (54HT, 54HŞ or 36GB) from Taksim.

An Extraordinary Restaurant: Sivuple

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For a very authentic restaurant experience, you should visit Sivuple. Once a motorcycle repair shop, Sivuple now brings a new breath to Dolapdere in Taksim with its different service and vintage interior decoration.

Sivuple is a hidden gem in a neighbourhood home to various repairshops. It differs with both its looks and name. After getting bored with all the restaurants similar to each other, the owners decided to go bold and open a restaurant in an extraordinary location and concept. This decision resonates to everything from decoration to service.

First of all, you won’t find your regular menu at this restaurant. It changes almost every week aside from 15 different types of artisan pizzas. Decorated with vintage items, place is colourful and fun. Every furniture is unique and even tables and chairs are different from each other.

Among the city’s historical churches and apartments, Sivuple offers amazing food, Sunday brunches and even DJ performances. And after you finish eating, you’re very welcome to sit and continue having good time with friends or open your laptop to get some work done.

For Three Apples’ guests, it’s even easier to reach this special place. Just walk a few minutes on Cumhuriyet Caddesi. Take a left into Elmadağ Caddesi and walk down the hill until you see Sivuple on your left.


6th Century Basilica Cistern

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There is a majestic antique structure beneath Istanbul. It is Basilica Cistern, one of the coolest spots you can visit in Istanbul. It’s an underground cistern built during the reign of Emperor Justinian I in 532 to meet the water needs of the city.

Basilica Cistern is located in Sultanahmet, across the Street from Hagia Sofia. It borrowed its name from Ilıus Basilica and is 143 meters long and 65 meters wide. 336 glorious marble columns, mostly Ionic or Corinthian styles, support the roof.  It could hold 80.000 cubic meters of water which was transported too the city via aqueducts.

Though it was forgotten for centuries, Basilica Cistern was rediscovered in 1545 while researching Byzantine antiquities. It was noticed that people living in the neighbourhood could get water by just lowering their buckets through holes in their basement. Some even could catch fish that way. And after being idle again for years, it was restored by Istanbul Municipality in 1987 and opened to the public.

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Visitors now get to see this underground water facility on walkways and enjoy this antique piece thoroughly with atmospheric lighting. As the temperatures are cool down the facility, visiting Basilica Cistern on a hot summer day is definitely a breeze. Make sure you see the two Medusa heads. It is rumored that they were recycled from a building of the Roman period. Functioning as column bases, one is positioned upside down and the other one is tilted to the side.

It is very easy to reach Basilica Cistern from Three Apples. Metro is just 5 minutes away from the hotel. Take Taksim-Kabatas funicular line and from Kabatas get on tramway to Sultanahmet.

A Cosy And Intimate Bar: Muaf Beyoglu

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If you don’t want to wander far from your hotel room but wish to spend the night at a warm and  friendly bar, we suggest you to visit Muaf Beyoglu. Also located in Sehit Muhtar district as Three Apples Suites & Residence, Muaf promises good music with a welcoming atmosphere.

Muaf is cozy and intimate that is small on space but very big on music. They regularly host music consept nights. Various artists play from pop, rock, hiphop and reggae to jazz and soul tunes. And other than performance nights, a DJ is spinning the set to make you dance to the beat.

Besides having a drink or two, you’re more than welcome to taste their delicious food. We loved the the appetizer platter which is zestful. Vegans will also rejoice as there’s a lot of options suited for vegans.

Enjoy Painting At Studio Masterpiece

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Art, music and joy. This is what Studio Masterpiece offers; painting pictures accompanied with good music and drinks in a joyful atmosphere. And the best thing is that you don’t need to have a painting or art  background. If you haven’t hold a brush in your life that’s even more fun.

Studio Masterpiece is not a painting course. It’s a 3-hour long session where you can experience the joys of painting. At the end of the day, you will have your own masterpiece to hang on your wall or give a friend as a gift.

In the session, the artists guide you step by step through completing the painting. Some days they paint an important piece from art history, sometimes it is a beautiful piece the studio chooses. Check out their event calendar to see which picture will be painted and choose to your liking. If you want to come with a group of friends you can even schedule your own session and paint together.

Studio Masterpiece is located in Asmalımescit, Taksim and just 15 minutes walking distance from our hotel Three Apples Suites & Residence. Anyone who wants to have a good time just painting are welcomed there. All you need to grab your booze and head to the sudio. They provide everything else.

Have colorful fun!