A Neighborhood Guide To Akaretler, Istanbul

Akaretler | © Celaler at Turkish Wikipedia
Akaretler | © Celaler at Turkish Wikipedia
Photo of Feride Yalav-Heckeroth
24 October 2016

Famous for the Row Houses, originally built in 1875 for the accommodation of the Ottoman palace staff and renovated in 2005, Akaretler is a neighborhood in Istanbul that feeds from the upscale feel of the nearby Nişantaşı area. You’ll find quiet cafés on side streets, but also great restaurants and shops on the main avenues. We took a look at the best.

290 Square Meters

290 Square Meters, a cool concept store, with its headquarters in Amsterdam, is one of the only places in Istanbul where you can find brands like A.P.C., Aesop, Comme des Garçons, and Mykita. Hard-to-find books and magazines, as well as limited edition sneakers, bags, clothes, and jewelry, are also worth a browse (with prices to match their exclusivity).

Şair Nedim Caddesi No: 20 D, Akaretler, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 249 0121

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With a great view of the Bosphorus from its top floor location, Vogue has been serving Mediterranean cuisine in a chic atmosphere since 1997. In the summer, the bar is a popular spot for pre- or after-dinner drinks with a view.

Spor Caddesi No.92, BJK Plaza A Blok Akaretler, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 227 44 04

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Yuka Studio

One another side street, very much standing out from its surroundings, you’ll find the showroom and atelier of Yuka Studio, which makes beautiful handmade jewelry. Inspired by geometric shapes and natural stones, you’ll find unique pendant necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings that you’ll treasure forever.

Maçka Meydanı Sok. No:18/A, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 259 10 99


A great little café that’s hidden in one of the side streets among a row of apartments, Akali is the perfect spot for a break away from the main avenue. Make sure to try their delicious sandwiches with homemade breads, or go for something more hefty like their artisan hamburger with a nice cold bottle of beer or a nice pasta dish.

Dibekçi Sokak No. 11/A, Maçka, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 0212 227 42 42


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Blended, Beşiktaş
Blended, Beşiktaş | Courtesy of Blended
Juice fasting has become very popular in Istanbul as people are exploring ways to be healthier. Blended, as the name suggests, uses a blender instead of a juice press to create mixtures from fruits, greens, and vegetables. If you’re too lazy to go by the shop, Blended will deliver their super meal in a bottle to your home.

Slow Public

A great place to look for original objects made by talented Turkish designers, Slow Public’s interior is chock full with everything imaginable. You’ll find hand-painted ceramics, chocolate, jewelry, leather-bound notebooks, furniture, bags, home accessories, teas, and so much more.

Süleyman Seba Cd. No:83, Akaretler, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 227 09 22

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Rani Çiftliği

Definitely a place for cheese lovers, Rani Çiftliği produces its own parmesan, gouda, goat cheese, camembert, brie, edam, mozzarella, and more on an organic farm near Antalya. Apart from the fantastic cheese selection, you can also find organic fruits and vegetables, yogurt, and butter.

Süleyman Seba Caddesi No.60, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 259 0100

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