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Old 07-25-2009, 06:21 AM
 
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I am interested in finding an upscale area to stay, safety (even at night), upscale shopping (Chanel, Hermes, LV etc.), Istanbul theater and opera. Middle aged or older crowd, preferbaly mostly europeans/ americans. Not interested in crazy nightlife and clubbing. Any restaurant recommendations greatly appreciated. How is Sultanahmet area?

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Old 07-25-2009, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Malibu/Miami Beach
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Grand Bazaar Istanbul

This is the place,I have spent many happy hours here!!
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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I am interested in finding an upscale area to stay, safety (even at night), upscale shopping (Chanel, Hermes, LV etc.), Istanbul theater and opera. Middle aged or older crowd, preferbaly mostly europeans/ americans. Not interested in crazy nightlife and clubbing. Any restaurant recommendations greatly appreciated. How is Sultanahmet area?
When I was around the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, I felt completely safe. I wasn't there at night, but I am pretty sure the Turkish police take security in that area very seriously. At Ephesos they had the Jandarma with automatic rifles. The officers were very excited to see me due to my beard, and offered cheerful greetings. At no time did I feel menaced in any way by any Turkish officialdom, even the port cops carrying submachineguns checking to make sure we had our Turkish Landing Cards.

I think the thing that rattles Americans in Istanbul is the frequent pestering by vendors, both inside and outside the bazaars. You simply have to accommodate to this and understand that it's the Turkish way, and learn how to say 'no, thanks' (hayir, tessekurler; pronounce every syllable with some emphasis, 'ha-year tesh-eh-kur-lair'). You may have to say it several times.

The thing is, in our culture they would be invading your personal space big time. In theirs, it is normal, and good salesmanship. But even if you don't buy anything, they appreciate it if the brush-off is friendly, and if you speak a single word of Turkish they are fascinated with you and will engage you in conversation. Are they just trying to get around to a second (fourth, etc) sales pitch? Yes and no. Most enjoy talking with someone who seems to 'get' the Turkish way, and are eager to hear what you have experienced and what you think. Most Turks seem very proud of the fact that they have a tremendous Islamic history, yet maintain a stable and secular republic. But yeah, there's probably another pitch coming. My advice to anyone who wants to walk around in an impenetrable cocoon until he or she decides it is time to initiate contact is simple: don't go to Istanbul. Open-minded, adventuresome people will probably have a blast.

I would think anywhere on or near the Golden Horn is pretty upscale. Saw some pretty fancy dwellings there, and our tour guides Amet and Ergin told us that the real estate prices there are simply stratospheric.
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Old 07-25-2009, 04:38 PM
 
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What is golden Horn?

I've heard some people saying Sultanahmet is not really upscale and there are drunkards and homeless in the streets?
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:15 AM
 
Location: Macao
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When I was around the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, I felt completely safe. I wasn't there at night, but I am pretty sure the Turkish police take security in that area very seriously. At Ephesos they had the Jandarma with automatic rifles. The officers were very excited to see me due to my beard, and offered cheerful greetings. At no time did I feel menaced in any way by any Turkish officialdom, even the port cops carrying submachineguns checking to make sure we had our Turkish Landing Cards.

I think the thing that rattles Americans in Istanbul is the frequent pestering by vendors, both inside and outside the bazaars. You simply have to accommodate to this and understand that it's the Turkish way, and learn how to say 'no, thanks' (hayir, tessekurler; pronounce every syllable with some emphasis, 'ha-year tesh-eh-kur-lair'). You may have to say it several times.

The thing is, in our culture they would be invading your personal space big time. In theirs, it is normal, and good salesmanship. But even if you don't buy anything, they appreciate it if the brush-off is friendly, and if you speak a single word of Turkish they are fascinated with you and will engage you in conversation. Are they just trying to get around to a second (fourth, etc) sales pitch? Yes and no. Most enjoy talking with someone who seems to 'get' the Turkish way, and are eager to hear what you have experienced and what you think. Most Turks seem very proud of the fact that they have a tremendous Islamic history, yet maintain a stable and secular republic. But yeah, there's probably another pitch coming. My advice to anyone who wants to walk around in an impenetrable cocoon until he or she decides it is time to initiate contact is simple: don't go to Istanbul. Open-minded, adventuresome people will probably have a blast.

I would think anywhere on or near the Golden Horn is pretty upscale. Saw some pretty fancy dwellings there, and our tour guides Amet and Ergin told us that the real estate prices there are simply stratospheric.
I also noticed this changes significantly once you get away from the tourist areas.
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Flanders, Belgium
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Sultanahmet is very touristic and safe at night. Lot's of restaurants too.
More upscale area's are Beyoglu (around Taksim square), with the international shops, big hotels etc.
The business area is the Levant-area.

One tip: Beware of (younger) men inviting you for a drink. Especially when you are a blonde woman ;-)

Enjoy your stay in Istanbul. I've been there twice, but I want to go back. It is a very interesting city.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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historical peninsula and sultanahmet areas are not upscale. sprawl of istanbul is different than us cities. istanbul doesn't have a certain downtown. it is more like collection of nodes. taksim is one of the biggest node in european side. it may offer many things but it is not an upscale area. you can prefer tesvikiye or nisantasi area. these areas are near taksim. etiler area is another option for you.

above average turks never prefer sultanahmet or taksim areas to live in. sultanahmet area is a below upscale area with tourists. taksim attracts many people from different areas of istanbul during daytime. its residential texture is not good.

in general anotolian side is more tidious. most business centers are in european side (levent-maslak area). biggest node in anatolian side is kadikoy. most upscale areas in anotolian side are places around bagdat avenue(kalamis, suadiye,feneryolu etc). moda area in kadikoy is also a nice area and you can easily go everywhere from there. you can take a ferry to go besiktas or eminonu(historical peninsula).
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