Given that Istanbul has been experiencing a boom in designer hospitality over the past 10 years, it’s not surprising that the creators of the French Mama Shelter hotel and restaurant concept chose this as their first venture outside of France. They brought with them designer Philippe Starck and his colourful, eclectic, open-plan design coupled with Turkish and international dishes (think a wood-fired pizza oven) make this a destination location for locals and travellers alike.

Location

In Beyoğlu, on the majestic Istiklal Street, you’ll discover shops, eateries and the leading contemporary Turkish art galleries and institutions. As night falls, particularly in the Tunel district, bistros, cocktail bars and burger joints mingle with traditional Turkish meyhanes. Hip crowds of young professional Turks sway to jazz, electronica and Balkan groove while traditional-suited musicians wind their way from table to table, instruments and drums in hand, all blending to create the vibrant cacophonic glory that is Istanbul at night. 

Mama Shelter
Huseyin Ağa Mahallesi, 
İstiklal Caddesi No:50-54
, Beyoğlu
+90 212 252 0100

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