With its ambiance befitting a culture capital, its relaxed atmosphere and colors, Akaretler Row Houses has become Istanbul’s new life and arts center with its colorful art galleries, cafes and which offer different tastes, restaurants and attractive stores.

The elegant row houses in the Akaretler district of Istanbul, just off the shore road from Beşiktaş, have a classic, timeless appearance. They were built 136 years ago as extra accommodations for the royal staff at the nearby Dolmabahçe Palace.

Akaretler street scene was revitalized in 2008 into an array of trendy, high-end shops and galleries. Akaretler boasts the flagship branch of Haremlique, retailer of elegantly designed linens and textiles, hip new wine bar Corvus, branches of upscale jewelry shops such as Sevan Bıçakçı and Storks and a wedding outlet by Turkish luxury designer Vakko.

The Turkish coffee-shop chain Kahve Dünyası has opened a branch. For a more filling meal, you can enjoy fine Middle Eastern cuisine in sumptuous armchairs on the shaded terrace of Al Jamal Badawi restaurant, or cross the street for a dinner at Kalamata Meyhane. Located at the W Hotel, Minyon offers a warm and elegant atmosphere where you can enjoy a light salad or an afternoon cocktail. Another very recent addition to the area’s dining scene is The Winston Brasserie, which specializes in upscale Italian fare.

Akaretler Row Houses, where you can pamper yourself all day, offer the people of Istanbul such stores, design and art galleries as Storks, Gen By Figen Özdenak, 1930 Antika, Sevan Bıçakçı, Haremlique, Rampa Art Gallery, Pronail, Artlimits, Can Hi-Fi, Autoban, Derin Design, Vakko Wedding, Yıldırım Özdemir, Dantell, RON, Art On and very classy cafe and restaurants as Cafe Minyon, OKKA, Kalamata Meyhane, Monies, Riviera Maison, Al Jamal Beyrouth Cafe Club, Kahve Dünyası, Corvus Wine and Bite, Caffe Nero and The Winston Brasserie.

The historic Akaretler district is beautifully restored with charm and style. This sexy neighborhood is now the destination for the ultra hip.

Author: istanbul

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