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Lucca

Bebek Mh., Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No. 51, Bebek, Istanbul

Tue–Sun: 10.00-02.00am, Mon: 12.00–02.00am

This hotspot for the young and fabulous, named after a commune in Tuscany, is open all day but doesn’t really get going until after 10pm. Don’t expect a smile from the wait staff or the super hip crowd, and if you’re dining alone, expect a table with the worst view.

The menu is compact and decent but doesn’t particularly value subtlety. The smoked salmon sandwich comes with a thick layer of goat’s cream cheese, which is a nice touch, but the thick slices of avocado are an overkill. Other options include a burger, done the proper way, and reconstructed tacos. The cocktails are very good. Stop by for one after dinner – you might just get a table.


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