This was my second visit to Istanbul after 10 years. First time we came to Istanbul for a weekend, visited museums and mosques and stayed in old town. The goal of this visit was friends wedding, which was at Cubuklu 29. My turkish friends recommended to stay in Taksim or Karokoy. Karokoy is in the crossroad between old town and Asia. What i liked the best about Karokoy that it feels like western Europe: nice people, good cafes and restaurants. After doing some research where to stay we have chosen Georges Galata hotel. Although we didnt stay in Georges Galata, due to changed travel plans and made last minute booking to 10 Karokoy. This 5* hotel we booked only for 64 euros excluding the breakfast, which we were later very happy about, because 3 minute walk was the best turkish breakfast experience and somewhere for the half of hotel price (20euros for two). (pictures bellow)
The name of the place is Namli Gourme Karokoy
We came 10am and we have to wait 30minutes to order, but then the food was served immediatly. When we were done we have noticed that the line by 11am has doubled.
Dinner we had in another great place nearby which i can highly recommend, and which needs reservation unless you want to start 7pm.