Perhaps you, like a lot of our readers, are in Istanbul for business. If you’re anything like us, you need to find a place to have a quiet meeting, looking forward to a good drink at the end of the day and maybe getting in a little shopping in between. Read our tips and get on with business.
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The secret is out: there is a gentlemen’s club in Zorlu Center inside the Greenwich watch store in Raffles Arcade. Opened last autumn, Le Baron serves as a bar, a restaurant and also a lounge where you can hold your meetings while offering your clients a selection of 60 French wines, 40 whiskeys and cigars. If you happen to be here on a Friday, stay a little longer to catch some jazz tunes and sample some of their signature cocktails. The restaurant with the terrace overlooking outside the mall offers an exquisite trolley service, from where you can taste their delectable Parmesan risotto and the Le Baron steak. Open Monday-Sunday, midday-3am.
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The St. Regis Istanbul is home to the first international location of the iconic Spago restaurant, which boasts fantastic views of Istanbul and a stellar menu prepared by Michelin starred chef Wolfgang Puck. DJ Tarık Koray is at the helm on the music front at the bar, where the menu offers both classical and innovative cocktails as well as fine champagne.
Nişantaşı is the place to go if you’re looking for a smart watch. Ulysse Nardin, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Omega, Rolex and Cartier have beautiful boutiques on Altın and Abdi İpekçi Streets, where you can find the latest models, including those launched at this year’s SIHH. A fine selection of Tumi suitcases and other travel accessories are featured inside the Beymen Nişantaşı store on the corner of Abdi İpekçi and Bostan Streets. Refer to our map on page xxx for all the brands in the area.
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