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Hafız Mustafa 1864

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Hafız Mustafa is a sweet heaven. It is hard to describe how good the variety pastries, a very nice place with a lot to choose from if you like sugar you must visit Hafız Mustafa at the Taksim Square. Especially the traditional walnut baklava exceptional. You should try their pastries as well which were good. Also, their lovely baklavas with Turkish tea for an amazingly sinful and yum experience.

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Hafız Mustafa, certainly feels like they have spent at least 150 years perfecting the Baklava. Seriously, if you are looking for the best Turkish pastries and candies likely in the entire world this is where you have to go. İf you go to Hafız Mustafa, you should seat on the top floor by the window and have a lovely view.

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Hafız Mustafa service is very professional, friendly, helpful and very quick. The menu is at least an inch think and overwhelming, but in English. You should order the pistachio baklava, a mixed assortment of Turkish Delight and a fig pudding. Especially, the fig pudding is divine, rich and creamy and delicately perfume with figs. The drinks is also lovely but you can not finish because by then you are in a sugar coma. Hafız Mustafa is a number one of the Taksim Square. You must visit here.

Faros Restaurant Taksim

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Faros Restaurant Taksim is cosy, friendly and the interior modern and relaxing place. This restaurant is in the perfect location next Taksim Square. The restaurant has a nice 3 course dinner with starter, main, desert and wine, the quality is amazing and price is very good. At the same time, the service is so friendly, very helpful and really excellent. İn addition to, service staff is very informative, careful, and fast. Faros Restaurant great crowd and food.

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Faros Restaurant Taksim extensive menu with many options enabling you to find exactly what you are looking for. You should try the testi kebab and moussaka, the lamb chops with sweet sauce is really good. Faros Restaurant Taksim, one of the best places for a few drinks and a couple of bites. The place is so relax, good music, nice atmosphere and very handy for Taksim Square. Even a heater outside for those chilly evenings. Also, restaurant is very clean and wifi works great and while you surfing on the internet, you should drink Turkısh Coffee.

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Faros Restaurant Taksim, here you feel that you are in a very friendly place. Its one of the top places in Taksim area to have decent International cuisine. Highly recommended !

Best Cafes in Cihangir

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You can find out tens of special, little places in Cihangir. Some number of this places are boutique coffee shops, some are cafes with little kitchens and some are family owned cafes – restaurants. People go to these places for brunch, lunch or to meet up with friends to have snacks and delicious coffees.

1- WHITE MILL

You can escape from the hectic life of the city to the special garden of this lade-back place. White Mill has a wide selection menu from brunch to dinner for its loyal customers and celebrities. The place is popular with energetic waiters but there are also complaints about the late service.

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2- AVAM KAHVESI

Avam Kahvesi is famous with 16 different type of Turkish sodas. Cafe services mostly brunch and lunch but you can try it anytime you want. The place has friendly atmosphere, nice decoration and nostalgic musics. The menu has also wide selection of hot drinks.

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3- 1KAHVE

1kahve has got fresh made coffee, mint lemonade, green tea and cheesecake. You can sit outside of the place and can read books and work due to its calm atmosphere.

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Galata Kitchen

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Galata Kitchen is very lovely cafe and restaurant offers a variety of fresh vegetarian – meat Turkish dishes and deserts. It is off the İstiklal Street main road around the corner from the Galata Tower in a quiet side street. Galata Kitchen, the food is tasty and fresh, especiallly if you have enough of Kebabs.

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İn the Galata Kitchen, they speak perfect English, German and Turkish.The restaurant atmosphere is excellent, every detail shows that this place is run with a lot of Love and Care. Very relaxing, just off the busy Galata tower area. Galata Kitchen, ıt is a small restaurant with a great choice of lovely looking and delicious smelling dishes, mostly vegetarian. Most of them I’ve seen only here – really a nice change from the usual traditional food served in the touristic parts of Istanbul. It is not easy to make up your mind with so many options, though. My lucky pick consisted of hot yoghurt soup, cauliflower stew and something like chickpea paste. The price is more than reasonable for this great veggie, typical and healthy food.

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Once you try it, then you get back for sure.

Mandabatmaz

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Mandabatmaz Turkish Coffee has a special place in Anatolian cuisine. The taste of the Turkish coffee, which is mostly drunk after meals, differs from other coffees in the manner of serving and in the technique of making coffee. Therefore, although you can easily drink Turkish coffee in all cafes and restaurants in İstanbul, you must go to the right place for a real Turkish coffee pleasure. And in the most famous street of İstanbul, in İstiklal Street, there is a place just like that. A small shop in  Mandabatmaz.

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Mandabatmaz is actually a very small shop. Inside the shop, there are tables available for only 8-10 people. The remaining space in the shop is for the stove on which the coffee is made. That’s why the guests are mostly entertained on the stools located outside the shop. Especially in the summers, it is not quite easy to find a stool in front of the shop. Nevertheless, the famous Turkish coffee of Mandabatmaz abundant in grounds can be drunk standing if necessary.
The coffee of Mandabatmaz has two secrets: One of them is the fresh Turkish coffee delivered to be used on a daily basis and ground specially and the other is Cemil Filik master of coffee making at Mandabatmaz.

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If you happen to come by İstiklal Street and if you would love to drink a cup of real Turkish coffee, you should definitely visit Mandabatmaz.

No:19 Yemek Evi

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No:19 Yemek Evi is cosy, friendly, authentic and a calm place beside the busy and loud streets of Taxim area. This café;Small restaurant, hidden, feels like dining in the living room of a Turkish family. You should go No:19 Yemek Evi and you can spend good time. This is a great little restaurant that is off the beaten path, near Takism Square, on a street with many antique stores. You can eat real home cooking. The  cook is making that day. Everything is fresh and season nicely.

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No:19 Yemek Evi has simple service and great team.The man serving is very friendly and polite, he explain the few, but delicious authentic options. He is very easygoing, you didn’t feel any pressure, he just want us to enjoy our time and food, he provide some delicious tea after the meal to try. It is a very nice experience and the food is delicious.

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You can end with desert, chocalate cake and cheese cake, both really good as well. On the other hand, the ambiance is really good in the restaurant and the staff is super friendly. If you come to Taksim, you must go there.

Şehzade Taksim

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Şehzade Taksim was firs opened in 1990 in Taksim. It has two separate sections: ‘’Şehzade Salon’’ and ‘’ Şehzade Teras’’ each with its own particular menu and décor. Wiith an emphasis on Turkish and Ottoman cuisine, it has a number of special dishes such as its hünkar beğendi, tandoori soup, and lamb chops. Its fried güllaç is one of its most loved dishes. Wit Fasıl music on special nights.

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Şehzade Taksim, the place is a so nice, service is quick and professional, staff so friendly, live music gives lovely atmosphere and the food is tasty and well present. The sweet is delicious with good Turkish coffee, at the end you can take unusual treat from the restaurant chief. I especially liked the presentation of the selection of meze dishes.

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Sehzade Taksim near Taksim area. İf you want to, after the meal, you can go to Taksim Square and discovering to İstiklal, shopping to mall or enjoying in the club. Also you can meet to a lot new people. Because, there are all countery people in the Taksim Square. You can meet Asian, African or Russian people, the atmosphere is so colourful and  so lively.

Ritim Galata

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İf you come to Taksim Square, you should  go to Ritim Galata Bistro Bar.  This bar is so clean, The staff is friendly. Also, good place to  have seat and eat something at a reasonable price or drink a beer at night.When you come to Ritim Galata, you can enjoy with a friends the view on the Galata Tower.

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The Ritim Galata Bar, generally comes to tourists. The café right in front  of Galata Tower. The Ritim Galata famous meals and drinks: Vodka Satsuma and Votka lemon is very delicious. And you should try to plum and okra pickle with the beer. Also the food is always fresh and delicious. Good variety of Turkish and other types of food.The Ritinm Galata’s music so lively,  listening to the wonderful band, and sipping on mint tea with a friends  enyoying  all night.

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Ritim Galata founder is Mr.Mümin. Everbody always loves  the Mr. Mümin. He has a very kind, joyful personality. While you during eat meal, he can suddenly come on your table and chatting with you.The Galata Ritim Bistro Bar, nice and friendly. Highly recommended.

Arnavutkoy; a historical neighborhood in Besiktas

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Are you looking for a picturesque shoreline to have a sidewalk by the sea? Arnavutkoy is a historical neighborhood in Besiktas. It is located in the middle of Ortaköy and Bebek on the European shoreline of the Bosphorus strait.

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Arnavutkoy is known for its numerous fish restaurants, pretty and old waterside residences that gives its authentic sense. If you would like to taste some delicious Turkish food, you may have your lunch at Fıstık Lahmacun or Bodrum Mantı.
The coexistence of different religious beliefs and ethnic backgrounds is significant in Arnavutkoy. It is possible to walk by a church, a synagogue and a mosque in close proximity. Robert College, the first established American school outside US, is located on the hills of Arnavutkoy; it gives the neighborhood its welcoming aspect.
The Arnavutkoy town square is where Ataturk’s statue with a few children is located.

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After sunsets, the lights of two Bosphorous Bridges revives the quiet neighborhood.

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If you have a chance to talk to old residents of the neighborhood, you can hear their complex backgrounds and their good, tolerating relationships with other ethnicities.
You will love this charming communtity in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities.
This is why you will be more than welcomed to visit Arnavutkoy, photograph fishing people and fisher boats and find tranquility in Bosphorous view.

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Taksim Square: the heart of Istanbul

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At the north end of İstiklal Caddesi, Istanbul’s largest public square called Taksim Square. The Square situated in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey. Location on Google maps: http://goo.gl/maps/UUg4s

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The word Taksim means; distribution. The Taksim square was originally the point where the main water lines from the north of Istanbul were collected and branched off to other parts of the city. This use for the area was established by Sultan Mahmud I. Additionally, the word “Taksim” can refer to a special improvisational musical form in Turkish classical music that is guided by the Makam system.

Taksim Square is also the location of the Monument of the Republic which was commemorates the 5th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923. The Mounment crafted by Pietro Canonica and inaugurated in 1928. The 11 meter high monument portrays the founders of the Turkish Republic, prominent are depictions of Kemal Atatürk, who commissioned the work, his assistant İsmet İnönü, and Fevzi Çakmak.

Finally the square has been an important venue for political protests. Groups from all sides of the political spectrum in Turkey, try to demonstrate in this square in order to use its visibility for the benefit of their cause.