Pierre Loti Hill

Pierre Loti Hill

Pierre Loti Hill Pierre Loti Hill in Istanbul is  not very familiar by of the people outside of Turkey. However, in our opinion this place should be on your list. Like Camlica Hill on the Asian side, this Pierre Loti is also a Hill with breathtaking views over Haliç and...
Sade Kahve

Sade Kahve

Sade Kahve Sade Kahve, which means Only Coffee in Turkish, is a charming little cafe in Istanbul along the Bosphorus waterfront road, at Rumeli Hisari in the Sariyer district. Although it is often very busy on Saturday and Sunday, Sade Kahve is a great cafe for brunch to celebrate the...
Sensus Wine Bar

Sensus Wine Bar

Sensus Wine Bar Sensus Wine Bar & Cheese Boutique (or as the Turkish would say “Sensus Peynir ve Sarap Butigi”) is a cosy wine bar hidden in a small side street next to the Galata tower. In the historical Galata neighbourhood, Sensus might be one of the best places in town...
Kartalkaya Ski Resort

Kartalkaya Ski Resort

Kartalkaya Kartalkaya ski and snowboard resort is just a 4 hour drive from Istanbul and so definitely worth a weekend or day trip. Not a very adventurous area for experienced skiers but if you enjoy being on the slopes for a day or two this is a great city escape....
Assk Cafe

Assk Cafe

Assk Cafe (Aşşk Kahve) Assk Cafe or Aşşk Kahve in Turkish, which literally means Love cafe, is one of our favourite breakfast and bruch places in Istanbul. ”To See & be seen” is probably the most suitable description for this fabulous hidden restaurant. With a terrace on the Bosphorus waterfront, a trendy crowd and...
Çengelköy villa Bosphorus

Çengelköy villa Bosphorus

Çengelköy Villa Bosphorus Villa Bosphorus is located on the Asian side of Istanbul with a spectacular view of the Bosphorus bridge. They offer a delicious seafood menu and a wide assortment of quality wines. Probably best during summer nights when you can sit outside and gradually see the lights of the Bosphorus bridge go on...
Upscale Shopping in Istanbul (Nışantaşı)

Upscale Shopping in Istanbul (Nışantaşı)

Upscale Shopping in Istanbul - Nışantaşı Spending money on clothes or fashion items in Istanbul is absolutely no problem. You can either choose from of the many shopping malls in Istanbul or go to one of the main shopping streets. In one of our other posts we have shared our experiences...
Bosphorus Cruise

Bosphorus Cruise

Bosphorus cruise A Bosphorus cruise offers some of the most spectacular views of Istanbul. During the Bosphorus tour you will have best views on both the Asian and European side of Istanbul, several Ottoman palaces (including Dolmabahçe Palace), the two famous bridges connecting the continents and many beautiful waterfront villas....
Residence Permit in Turkey

Residence Permit in Turkey

Residence Permit in Turkey Getting a residence permit in Turkey can be quite a time consuming task. If you live in Istanbul, you first have to make an appointment with the “Istanbul Yabancılar Şube Müdürlüğü” which basically is the “foreign department of the Police”. There are many blogs on the internet describing how...
Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia Hagia Sophia (or Ayasofia) is one of the most valued and visited touristic attractions in Istanbul tourism. Hagia Sophia is located in the Fatih district where most of the Istanbul touristic attractions are. The uniqueness of this building is because of its history. The Hagia Sophia, which means...
The House Cafe

The House Cafe

The House Cafe The House Cafe is a chain and you find them all over Istanbul. However, The House Cafe Ortaköy is a special one since it is located right below the Bosporus bridge and next to the water. This place is truly a joy. Especially when the sun is shining since...
Çamlıca Tepesi (Hill)

Çamlıca Tepesi (Hill)

Çamlıca Tepesi (Hill) Do you want to see how big Istanbul really is? From Camlica Hill (Çamlıca Tepesi) in Üsküdar you will be given the opportunity to have a good look at the Bosphorus bridge as well as Fatih Sultan Memhet Bridge. The viewpoint is especially great since it is the highest...
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Toll in Turkey (HGS & OGS)

Toll in Turkey (HGS & OGS)

Toll in Turkey To be able to drive on the highways in Turkey and Istanbul you need to pay toll. There are basically 2 methods to pay toll in Turkey:                     You can get an HGS at your bank in Turkey or at PTT (Posta Telgraf...
Car rental Istanbul

Car rental Istanbul

Car Rental Istanbul Driving in Istanbul can be quite tricky and stressful. You can find more information about driving in Turkey in this post. In addition, a cab is relatively cheap in Istanbul so unless you are not going out of the city and just trying to get from A to B, we will not...
Driving in Istanbul

Driving in Istanbul

Driving in Istanbul If you are not used to the traffic in Turkey, driving in Istanbul can be quite an experience. First of all, you have to be very careful. Lanes do not mean anything in Istanbul and there are only a few drivers that are actually using their turn signals. So be careful! The...
Borsa Restaurant

Borsa Restaurant

Borsa Restaurant Borsa Restaurant, also called Borsa Lokanta in Turkish, is famous for their high quality food. Borsa has 3 restaurants in Istanbul but on in this post we would love to share our experience we had in the Kandilli Borsa Restaurant. The place is magnificent since the building is a former royal residence called Adile Sultan Sarayı (Palace). The...
Taksim restaurants (Istiklal Caddesi)

Taksim restaurants (Istiklal Caddesi)

Taksim Restaurants Having dinner in the side streets of Istiklal Caddesi in Taksim Istanbul is not upscale per se but it is a “must do” when you live or are on holidays in Istanbul. The Taksim area is the nightlife centre of Istanbul and there is a constant “positive” fuss around here; 24/7 and 7 days per...
Football in Turkey (soccer)

Football in Turkey (soccer)

Football  in Turkey (soccer) Football in Turkey is definitely worth experiencing since Turkey is a real football crazy country. Especially in Istanbul with its numerous football clubs. The 3 biggest clubs in Turkey are in Istanbul namely Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş. Galatasaray and Beşiktas are both located on the European side of Istanbul whilst Fenerbahçe is on the Anatolian side....

About Istanbul Upscale

About Istanbul Upscale We are a young professional couple with a lot of international experience. We have been lucky enough to work and live in several different countries and enjoy discovering new parts of the world. With this blog we aim to guide people who, like us, are looking for tips on classy, cosy and...