One Fine Day in Istanbul

 

Despite a previously booked return trip, I extended my stay in Turkey for two days to make it to Istanbul. My dad and three siblings were going and I could not handle the FOMO of not being there too! I am so happy I made the trip, even if only for two days. It perfectly whetted my appetite and I can't wait to go back!”

- Madison


8am
 | BREAKFAST

For a proper Turkish breakfast and coffee to get your day going, head to Mangerie Bebek. Better yet, order their breakfast in a box and take it to the Bosphorus (the river that runs through the city) and eat picnic style along the water! 


10am | GRAND BAZAAR

Next, go shopping at the Grand Bazaar, where there is an overwhelming amount of things to see, taste, and buy! This is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops. I loved the Old Antique section most - fabulous for jewelry! We also scored on textiles and ceramics. 




12pm | LUNCH

For lunch head to the oasis that is Pandeli! Hidden away on the top of the spice market, this is such a reprieve from the bustle and hollering of the markets. The meal is incredible, and the space is so unique! 

2pm | RELAX

Now that you've shopped and dined, spend the afternoon relaxing at Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami, which was built in the 1500s to serve the Ottoman Navy. It recently went through a meticulous restoration process (that took 7 years!) and is considered one of Istanbul's most famous hammams. Go for the full service, which includes a steam, scrub, and massage! 




6pm | DRINKS

For drinks over an incredible view of the city, check out the rooftop bar at SoHo House. It's always a bumping scene with an excellent DJ, cocktails, and apps. 




8pm | DINNER

For an exceptional dinner that looks out over the city from the rooftop restaurant, head to Miklawhich is currently ranked as the 60th best restaurant in the world. Funny thing is, what stands out most was the bread service which came with a whole assortment of butters, salts, and oils to enjoy with. 



Also in Fewer Finer Journal

Five Fine Things: Gifts Under $100
Five Fine Things: Gifts Under $100

Five Fine Things all under $100! My gifting list is forever growing of friends, neighbors, team members, and people I'd like to thank with a little something around the holidays. 
Fewer Finer Recipes: Soup for the Soul
Fewer Finer Recipes: Soup for the Soul

Curl up with a bowl of cozy soup now that the weather is cooler and the nights come early!
Per Diem: Dani Evans
Per Diem: Dani Evans

Read how Dani Evans, a model and the Founder of Monrowe, uses jewelry to express herself, honor her heritage, and remember those who have passed.