We were in Istanbul this weekend, for both business & pleasure... I had a fun, me day on Saturday morning as MT was busy with the more serious stuff.
My day started at the Mavra Design Cafe in Galata... The food was standard but you would like the interior, each peace is stylishly selected and brought together...
I have then visited some of my favorite boutiques on Serdar-ı Ekrem, Building and Atelier 55 are my favorite amongst all. I have tried a beautiful gilet at the Atelier 55, it was one of the few pieces that was not on sale so I decided to wait. I was so excited when I saw the beautiful head pieces by Philip Treacy, they were amazing! Wouldn't they be perfect for a New Year's Eve Party;)
My next stop was the huge vintage/costume store By Retro, so I walked up to the Suriye Pasajı on famous İstiklal street. The store was huge, filled with probably thousands of pieces but I had difficulty to find something (I guess I need something like a Vintage Shopping Guide for Dummies :P )
Well an "Istanbul (window)shopping Experience" would not be complete without Nişantaşı and Kanyon, so I had quick stops at both before returning home to meet MT and get ready for the evening out (huh, well I admit I was a bit tired)
Last but not least, I have to mention about the Çiya experience we had on Sunday. The food was delicious and I have complemented the pleasure with a Kup Griye from Baylan which is just around the corner from Çiya (oh yeah, I have a sweet tooth). Baylan has opened its new location in Bebek, but I liked this old store with the vintage feel more.
And the view form the boat while returning to Eminönü... ♥ Istanbul...