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İTÜ Vakıftepe Sosyal Tesisleri, Baltalımanı, Istanbul

Best to take a cab. Easily reached from both the coast road at Baltalimanı, and the TEM motorway/Fatih Bridge

The roof of the Bosphorus, if not of the world. A delightful spot with a fabulous view, high above the water, open from breakfast to dinner. Take a book, stretch out and unwind, with the Bosphorus at your feet. To the north you look down on the broad bay of Bekoz. To the south are the Fatih Bridge and the towers of Rumelihisarı. The restaurant is essentially run for academics. The food is very decent, the pastırma börek recommended with a good duble of rakı. Just the place to go before or after a visit to the excellent Sabancı Museum. But if time allows, do call in at the Japanese Garden in Baltalimanı at the bottom of the hill. The woods between the garden and the sea once belonged to Mustafa Reşid Pasha, the formidable, reformer and grand vizier, whose yalı once occupied a very long stretch of shoreline. The yalı is no more, but the house built for his son survives as hospital.

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