Since 2005, the Pera Museum has become a vital institution at the heart of Beyoğlu. With its focus on Ottoman history and material culture, it also owns a large number of important orientalist paintings. It regularly hosts some of the most interesting travelling exhibitions to come to Istanbul, and an inspired programme of films. The café is soothing and reasonably priced, with good internet connection. The shop offers a good backlist of Pera catalogues. Also available is the current issue of Cornucopia, and Cornucopia’s book John Henry Haynes: an archaeologist and photographer in the Ottoman EmpirePera Museum is a Cornucopia Stockist – get your copy of the latest issue here.