Middle East Restaurants & Bars

360, Istanbul: A place to see and to be seen

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(My view whilst sipping a refreshing Martini)

At the 19th century Misir Apartment on Istikal Street, those who are in the know, wait for their turn to fit inside this ever so small elevator that takes you up to the hip and happening roof top bar and restaurant 360. A scan along the cue at any one point in time and you can find: Little Miss Prada, the casual traveller, a group of Turkish guys going for after work drinks or an old yet stylish couple. Basically anyone! Whether it is a romantic meal whilst absorbing the stunning view, or raving it up after midnight to some great music, 360 is a place to see and to be seen!

(Picture – courtesy of 360)

Whilst some go to 360 for its international cuisine, coming from London and being spoilt by Italian cuisine, I would say the food is average. 360’s glass and steel bar and stylish interiors makes for a great place to enjoy drinks. Just imagine sipping a Martini with the backdrop of the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara and Hagia Sofia. The best views are obviously from the terrace, so book in advance or arrive early. If you want a good night out during the weekend, stay on to the early hours to enjoy either live music or most likely electro-funk DJs.

For such a great view and a stylish ambience, you can imagine 360 is slightly more expensive than your average Turkish bar and restaurant. For a Londoner or a Milanese, prices are probably in line with your average night out.

360, Misir Apartment Building, Istiklal Caddesi 32/311, 0090 212 251 10 42 – 43,  Istanbul – Turkey

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