Worth getting out of bed for
The Istanbul Modern (www.istanbulmodern.org) is an old dockside warehouse turned art and design gallery, a short roll down the hill from the hotel. The bar-restaurant, which offers brilliant Bosphorus views, is a key lunch spot – but take a taxi back up the hill; it's a brutal slope. Opposite the Witt Suites, on the other side of the river, sits the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul's most magnificent Byzantine building, now a museum. For a proper Turkish bath, try the Aga Hammam (+90 (0)212 249 5027) five minutes away on Turnacaibagi Sokak, a small, neighbourhood baths built in 1454 and frequented by Mehmet the conqueror.
Follow the unassumng alleyway down Antipatlar Sok to Gukurkeyif (+90 (0)212 251 1193), and you'll find a private courtyard garden housing a happening modern restaurant and bar. The dishes themselves are a mix of French and Italian salad-type affairs, and the atmosphere has a funky Ibizan edge to it.
Meyra (+90 (0)212 244 5335), at the junction of Akarsu Caddesi and Matara Sokag, combines a tasty Mediterranean menu with evening DJs and a creative clientele who enjoy the atmosphere until 4am. Slightly more backstreet and bohemian, Alti Café (+90 (0)212 293 0849) just off Akarsu Caddesi, has a shaded green garden and a hip, cheery vibe.
Nearby Cuppa on Yeni Yuva Sokak (+90 (0)212 249 57 23) serves an appetising area of fresh juices, quality coffee, and tasty salads.
Join us – it's free!
Sign up now for exclusive hotel offers, money back on every booking, and Smith extras (like the one below) whenever you book with us. more
Smith extra at Witt Istanbul Suites
A welcome drink and basket of fresh fruit on arrival