As some of you may know, I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the past year and a half in Istanbul,for KAI.I love this city so much- the food, the people, the work I do there, and the hotel I stay in which now feels like home- the Shangri-La.
It is located right on the Bosphorus so has great views. If you follow me on snapchat (fisayolonge), you know I love my morning workouts. The Shangri-La Bosphorus has such a great gym equipped with pretty much all the equipment you could need. I’ve actually come to judge a hotel by the quality of it’s gym.
After my morning workout, I head to the Ist Too restaurant for one of the best hotel breakfasts that I’ve had- the options are endless. The staff are incredibly helpful, the beds so comfortable that I don’t want to get out of, the bathrooms so lush that I had to set up an entire photoshoot in (lol), and hospitable and I love long walks down the road towards Ortakoy.
For dinner, I either go to Ist Too where the menu is incredibly vast and they often have special menus focusing on different cuisines around the world, or Shang Palace; the Chinese restaurant downstairs which does the absolute best beef in black beaned sauce. If you ever visit Ist Too, ask for Volkan- the absolute best host ever!
I can’t wait to return to Istanbul next year!