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Taksimoda Caf� $$$$$ | Caf�
This New York-style café has excellent views of the bustling Taksim Square, as well as a stunning summer terrace to enjoy. While the menu offers everything from Mexican to traditional Turkish cuisine, the café is renown for its fantastic coffee and cake selection. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.

Address: Taxim Hill Hotel, S�raselviler Caddesi 5, Taksim; Telephone: (0) 212 334 85 00

360 Istanbul $$$$$ | Fusion
An aptly named restaurant, 360 is situated on a rooftop terrace and has beautiful views and a sleek concrete and glass design. The menu offers fusion cuisine featuring Turkish, Mediterranean and Oriental ingredients. Signature dishes include the '360 Alternative pizza' and their 'Death by Chocolate' is phenomenal! Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday, and dinner only on weekends. Reservations required.

Address: Misir Apartmani K8, 311 Istikal Caddesi, Beyoglu; Telephone: (0) 212 251 1042

Cezayir $$$$$ | Turkish
Cezayir serves Turkish cuisine with an international influence; Indian spices are used in a Turkish samosa, and other menu favourites include the salmon carpaccio and the 'börek' grilled spinach and cheese pastry. With wicker chairs and pale yellow walls, the mood in this restaurant is very calm and relaxed. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations essential.

Address: Hayriye Cad. 16, Beyoglu; Telephone: (0) 212 245 9980

Asitane $$$$$ | Turkish
Set in a 19th century mansion overlooking the Golden Horn, Asitane (one of Istanbul's Ottoman Empire names) serves authentic Ottoman cuisine, featuring Central Asian, Anatolian, Middle Eastern and Balkan influences and 500 year-old recipes. Veal in apple sauce and cinnamon flavoured chicken kebabs are just two of the delicious menu options. Open daily for lunch and dinner, and brunch on Sundays. Reservations recommended.

Address: Kariye Camii Sokak 6, Edirnekapi; Telephone: (0) 212 534 8414

�intemani Restaurant $$$$$ | International
Çintemani is both chic and laid-back, yet functions with all the efficiency of its Ritz-Carlton host. Its varied menu features cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian tastes, as well as local favourites. Try the pistachio crusted lamb loin with sautéed spinach and pestil sauce and keep space for the rice pudding with homemade ice-cream. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations required.

Address: Ritz-Carlton, Askerocagi Cad. 15, Sisli; Telephone: (0) 212 334 4444

The House Caf� (Ortak�y) $$$$$ | Caf�
Boasting two terraces on the Ortaköy's waterfront, this trendy restaurant's décor blends beautifully with its seaside location. While the menu features excellent seafood dishes, the pizza with pears, honey and Roquefort is also sublime. Open daily, reservations required.

Address: Salhane Sokak 1, Ortak�y; Telephone: (0) 212 227 2699

K�rfez $$$$$ | Seafood
The Körfez lies nestled in a cove on the Asian side of the Bosphorus Straight, with tables set on a deck right over the water and a view of the bridge. Körfez is often purported to be the best seafood restaurant in Istanbul; start the meal with Turkish vegetable starters or from a selection of seafood appetisers. Fish meals are salted lightly and grilled to perfection. The restaurant provides a ferry for customers coming to dine there from the European side of the straight. Open daily except Mondays. Reservations essential.

Address: K�rfez Cad. No:78 Kanl�ca; Telephone: 90 216 413 4314

Feriye Lokantasi $$$$$ | Local
The Feriye Lokantasi is a multi-purpose venue with its own bar, café, conference hall and two separate seasonal venues for the one restaurant. The best way to enjoy this facility is on the outdoor terrace on a balmy summer evening. The menu, like the venue, is flexible and based on what is seasonal, offering Turkish cuisine cooked in the ottoman tradition. The menu offers delicious meals such as grilled turbot, with saffron and courgette balls, in raspberry puree. Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations required.

Address: ��ra�an Cad. 40 Ortak�y; Telephone: (0) 212 227 2216

Mikla $$$$$ | Mediterranean
Located on the top two floors of the 18 storey Marmara Pera Hotel, this gourmet restaurant offers a glorious 360º vista of the lights of Old Town. Chef and owner Mehmet Gürs prepares Turkish and Scandinavian meals such as sautéed scallops with vegetable risotto, and ragu beef cheeks with porcini mushroom soup. An absolute favourite is the lamb escargot for mains, followed by a tachio and tahini ice-cream dessert. Reservations essential.

Address: Mesrutyiyet Cad. 167, Tepebasi; Telephone: (0) 212 293 5656

Saf $$$$$ | Organic
Saf cuisine can be enjoyed at Hayal Kahvesi in Club Sporium Akatlar, perfect for a light meal after a good workout or an afternoon by the pool. The menu offers fresh organic food such as a 'Taco Trio' with Mexican pâté, guacamole, salsa and sour cream. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and supper, reservations recommended.

Address: Club Sporium (Mayadrom Arkas�), Cumhuriyet Cad. 4/8 Akatlar; Telephone: (0) 212 282 7946