Istanbul's Best Coffee Shop - Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, the phenomenal 141-year-old Turkish coffee purveyor, is located in a weather-beaten deco building just outside of Istanbul's Spice Market. Through its street-front window, thousands of brown wax-paper packets of freshly ground coffee are sold each day. The beans are roasted on the premises and then ground as finely as cake flour in belt-driven mills that chug away from morning to night.
Mangerie, Istanbul It’s the best breakfast on the Bosporus: a lavish spread of eggs, sheep’s-milk cheeses, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, warm sourdough bread, local honey, and chai, on a rooftop terrace with postcard-worthy views. $$
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There are other places to get views of the city, but the Galata Tower has it all, offering panoramic views of Seraglio Point, the Golden Horn, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. Time your visit for the sunset call to prayer, which adds an aural component to the visual experience.
360Istanbul: Located on the top floor of the historic Mısır Apartment building offering a 360 view of the city - hence its name! On the weekend 360 transforms into a night club with live performers (often with an unusual twist, for example gyrating wall climbers) and the cocktail bar is packed. Read More: http://www.theguideistanbul.com/spots/detail/943/360istanbul#ixzz2ItfeZwBy