Thanks a lot guys, I just wanted to make my thoughts known
Hopefully maybe in 10-15 years, I can be a on the verge of owning/owned a ferrari.
@jimmy, I don't have a car as well, I don't need one for where I am. Walking keeps me healthy and the buses are cheaper than petrol for the car as well.
- Istanbul's a great place during the summer when it gets leafy again, instead of taking pictures of cars I should have taken pictures of the scenery as well.
Where my dad lived was in Etiler, Bebek/arnavutkoy and Polat Tower in Mecidiyekoy, which are all affluent areas -- it depends on how you would state reasonable priced -- I didn't end up paying the bills each time :O but I was sure to say thanks -- some of the places are probably on par with those of London, whilst some are cheaper. (I predominantly stayed in these areas for dinners though, so it's tough to gauge all of Istanbul).
For lunch, it's best to go somewhere in Etiler, the road is nipetiye caddessi, it has a starbucks there, tgi fridays and steakhouses, a little further down on a side street was my favourite place called the Harvard Cafe, they did excellent burgers. Gunaydin is also a good place to eat, I think there's two branches, it's either a steakhouse or a kebab house. Etiler can be costly, but it's were everyone goes on the weekend for lunch.
Night time, if you want to go to clubs -- definitely go to Taksim (area)-- there's also good cafe's there and restaurants. But, becareful at night around there -- some may try to take advantage of you if your not turkish or don't speak the language and somehow rack up the $$$ bill. I left my mobile phone in a Taxi one time coming back from a club (luckily my dad's secretary had the number for the cab) and we called him the next morning. He came to the residence tower I was staying in and was amazed at how appalling the Taxi driver was when he came to me saying (i had it translated to my bemusement) daddy rich, you live in this tower. WTF, I ended up giving him the cash he wanted but wow, no social skills or pleasantry's he had. Lol what's funny about this is that I actually had no money on me when he came to deliver my phone back and my dad was out of the country, managed to get some money in the end (he forgot to give me my money back as well I left in the cab lol). Hmm, he should have asked for the tower owner's son to come down and give him some real money LOL.
One place that's really expensive and for the elite is Paper Moon, I went in there to meet up with some of my dads business friends and other sorts and well put it this way, the Italian food was amazing and each lady on each table was trying to upstage the other for the most attention in the room lol.
Istanbul's great but I've never been to a place full of so many gold diggers -- I haven't yet been to LA so I can't name it the most populous place for these "types".
But Bebek is my favourite place, 1. for the cars and 2 it has the best cafe's on the bosphorus river, when it's sunny, you can walk across the a street of sidewalk where there's lush green scenery, mixed in with old buildings and some special government buildings as well.
If you do make your way down to Bebek, Cafe Luca is overrated. I've been there many times -- it's cramped and it's where the elite hang out. So everyone rates everyone there LOL. The food there is good but... I don't really like to be cramped into places -- it's also a hotspot for gold digging woman. Yep, even the 30+ were checking out a 17-20 year old when I've been there.
If you like fish, there is the best fish restaurant there, I can't remember what it's called but it's opposite cafe lulus (I've never been there but really like the atmosphere each time I've walked past).
Kirinti in Bebek is also great food -- One of my favourite restaurants. The building next to it is very good as well.
If you want to go shopping -- Akmerkez in Etiler is great, just behind it or adjacent to it (depending on where you go in) there is a used supercar dealership, always pleasant to walk past. -- has all types of shops ranging from a simple clothes store to business suites and diesel.
Istinye Park is where you get all the massive exclusive brand names, it's a massive thing to walk through and has a few good restaurants in there as well.
Actually, here is a very solid list. Top 9 Shopping Centers in Istanbul
I've been to them all except Galleria and Forum Istanbu -- the architecture is great and Kanyon has a cinema -- not that you will be visiting there I'm guessing.
Note, all of them are situated on the european side, Bağday Caddesi is on the asian side and is really really long and big lol. Caddesi means street btw. The top 10 sights in Istanbul | Travel | guardian.co.uk
Also a solid list by the guardian. Basilica Cistern was quite weird to walk through but very interesting since I had never seen anything like it.
If you're looking for where it happens -- I would suggest looking for a hotel in the district of Bisktas. Taxi's are also incredibly cheap -- compared to Cape Town and London's.
All in all, I liked Istanbul, the sites are great, it's a safe place and good food as well.
So in short, I'd recommend to check these areas out
Besiktas (this is the district but there's also a city centre district which is called besiktas, it's the main part of the district)
Also David, my favourite bar I went to was the W Hotel in Besiktas, really nice and I thought reasonably priced as well.
and all the other sight seeing parts.
Hope this helps and enjoy your visit there.