We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Wine/Beer store and other

U. S.
Level Contributor
126 posts
2 reviews
Save Topic
Wine/Beer store and other

Hi Experts. Thanks to you I've just about got my iteneray figured out. If we wanted to buy some wine and beer at a store(staying at Hotel Nena) where are the best prices and what are the decent wine companies for red. I'm sure I'll go there and won't know what I'm looking at. I'm assuming from you guys that's Efes is the best beer..

Also all of you have mentioned several restaurants with a view. 360, Kordon, Mikla, Litera, Handi Et Kokant and another one that Lemonlady mentioned. Which ones are in the $75 and under price range, best food for view type. Can you just go to the 360 and have a drink?

One more question, please. Would the simpliest thing to do is ask our hotel person how to get places. The first day we're arriving at Hotel Nena and then going to Dolmabahace Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Is it simple?

Thanks again for your help.

Kayakoy, Turkey
Destination Expert
for Istanbul
Level Contributor
9,051 posts
65 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Wine/Beer store and other

Hi Buzz,

If you want to have a selection of wines the best thing is to go to a mall like MetroCity or Cevahir. They both have a large Migros with quite a wide range of different Turkish wines and a few foreign.

Good wines are Kavaklidere like Yakut and Terra, Doluca Antik, and there are good Cappedocia wines. Usually in turkey it is like the more expensive the better the wine. If you are lucky there could be a good promotion of a certain wine.

And Efes is the best, they also have a dark beer and a white beer now.

About the restaurants do you mean the price for one or two eaters?

This is about 100,00 YTL for this money you can easy have a good meal for 2, but without drinks, it is always hard to say this with wine, you order the bottle or a glass....

Hamdi near Egyptian bazar is very good, Litera is still my favourite (a few typical turkish meals) and maybe the best Konyali in Kanyon mall (take the metro to Levent) and next door is MetroCity for the Migros!

I am sure your hotel will help you with directions but a small Istanbul map will be very helpful once you out there.

Good luck!

Istanbul, Turkey
Destination Expert
for Istanbul
Level Contributor
3,936 posts
Save Reply
2. Re: Wine/Beer store and other

Hi Buzz,

If you're interested in Turkish wine, I'll advice you two wine shops.

1) Corvus (http://www.corvus.com.tr/eng/index.asp): Producer of wine. I beleive you plan to visit Ortakoy, shop is here.

2) La Cave: Selling many brands, not far from Taksim square, closed to German Hospital.

http://www.lacavesarap.com/giris.htm

Best wishes, Alper

London, United...
Level Contributor
1,892 posts
9 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Wine/Beer store and other

dear Buzz13

I think you can have a meal under $75 in Hamdi and in Konyali as VillaRhapsody has suggested

In Mikla and 360 you possibly can have food under $75 but not drinks.

Kordon is a seafood restaurant so you may go over that limit but not necessarily, some seafood is expensive like lobster, tiger prawns, some cheap like mussels, calamari and fish should be reasonable as well, but it is much easier to pay a lot in a seafood restaurant as you eat many smaller dishes and they can add up.

You can go to 360 for drinks only. If you tell me what month you are going, I may be able to suggest a few more nice bars with views you can go for a nice glass of wine as well.

You would be able to find local Turkish wines in good Supermarkets like Migros, Makro and there are specialist wine shops in malls as well. The one in Mayadrom comes to my mind, and it there is a good wine shop in Ataturk airport duty free so if you want to take some with you this is a good bet.

In Red wines there are a few Turkish grapes that you should look out for : Kalecik Karasi, Bogazkere, Karasakiz, Okuzgozu, Calkarasi

I especially like the dry Kalecikkarasi and Okuzgozu types and their blends. These are, I think, special to Turkey and are very good. 2001, I'm told, was an especially good year of production. I like Ozel Kav, Sarafin, wines from Sirince and the other brands other forumites suggested are very good as well. There are new wine producers every time I go back so I am not up to date but it is a good advise to look for expensive bottles.

All the best, Kozano

NY, NY/Istanbul...
Level Contributor
4,852 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Wine/Beer store and other

Hi Again Buzz: the shops at the airport have good wine prices so I'd have a look on arrival. All the suggestions on this thread are so great so I won't add a thing. I like the Kavaklidere white wine a great deal. And of course Efes beer rules.

Your hotel staff will tell you how to get around but no worry, Istanbul is a really easy city to navigate for it's size. It is certainly easier to get about in than NYC. Everyone is eager to help you get where you are going. Have you read my post "Getting Around Istanbul". A map is a good idea too.

Tram, bus, ferry all are user friendly. Taxis are ok too but remember have the driver use the meter always, say Taximetre and make sure that it says gundoz for day and not gece for night, except if it is night. Avoid any flat rate deals with drivers.

Have a great trip. LL

U. S.
Level Contributor
126 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Wine/Beer store and other

You guys are wonderful. I think maybe the way to take up the least time is to try to buy it at the airport coming in from New York. Is there small stores that sell beer by the six pack near Hotel Nena? I really appreciate the specific name for a good white wine(some times I drink that), but for the most part I drink red. Wine tastinig in California switched me!

Kozano-we're coming in on June 18th. Just thought if possible, the night we go to Sranic for our romantic dinner, we might go somewhere for a drink with a view. 360 looked wonderful but don't know how far a way it is from Sarnic. We're open.

Also is there a good restaurant close totwhere the cruise ships dock? We've got two nighst on the ship in dock.

Villa Rhapsody was gracious to give me her first choice on restaurant with views. Does any one else have a different choice?(no offense VillaRhapsody-just looking at options). I've seen the restaurant's list just looking for you guy's first choice. Sorry to put you on the spot, just want to make sure we eat where you guys think the best view/food for the money.(I may only get one shot here!).

Many, Many Thanks again!!!!!!!!

Istanbul, Turkey
Destination Expert
for Istanbul
Level Contributor
3,936 posts
Save Reply
6. Re: Wine/Beer store and other

Hi again,

You may choose your white wine from the links of well known producers. They can be found easily every store.

http://www.kavaklidere.com/kavak/index.html

http://www.doluca.com/

More info & link available for 360 on my blog.

Transportation: Grand Bazaar is walking distance and use light metro to Kabatas (last stop) for Dolmabahce Palace, a few meters to metro stop.

Best wishes, Alper

NY, NY/Istanbul...
Level Contributor
4,852 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Wine/Beer store and other

Hi Again: my first choice in the view and for good food too is Leb i Derya. If you can get there at dusk when the lights come on you'll be blown away. LemonLady

London, United...
Level Contributor
1,892 posts
9 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Wine/Beer store and other

hi Buzz13

I am not a huge fan of white wine but I can recommend Doluca Ozel Kav (special cuve) White, Kavaklidere Selection and Sarafin . Here is an article on Turkish Wines : www.turkey-now.org/default.aspx?pgID=222

A restaurant / bar that's been my favourite for a long time is Vogue. It is very close to the port, you probably can even walk there but the last bit is a bit steep. It is on top of an unassuming modern office block but the views are heavenly. They serve modern mediterranean food with an emphasis on seafood, in the summer on a terrace and they have an excellent wine list. They also have a bar with views. Reservation for dinner is essential, ask for the terrace. It is a very chic restaurant rather than traditional but the views are breathtaking. 13th Floor, BJK Plaza , Istanbul (Turkey) , +90 (212) 227 44 04

Lebiderya as suggested by lemonlady is excellent as well and not too far from the port, you would need taxi or the old tunel underground train. They have 2 locations very near to each other both with the same view, for you to find it easier I would recommend the one on the roof of Richmond Hotel on Istiklal Street in Beyoglu

Istiklal caddesi No:445 Richmond Otel Kat:6

Tel: (0212) 243 4375 - (0212) 243 4376

e-mail: info@lebiderya.com, check out their website and you can see for yourself their wonderful views overlooking old Istanbul : http://www.lebiderya.com/

Have a great time in Istanbul

Ankara
Level Contributor
432 posts
Save Reply
9. Re: Wine/Beer store and other

Hi,

There is a museum called Istanbul Modern, right "IN" the docks. It has a very good, popular-hip restaurant (not traditional Turkish food though). It's right near the sea right on the bosphorus, with a very good view.

Murat

NY, NY/Istanbul...
Level Contributor
4,852 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Wine/Beer store and other

Hi Guys: thanks Murat, lately the forum has been urging people to go and see the Istanbul modern. In fact VR wrote a post about it recently. Restaurant sounds great.

About wine, I am no expert but am a little fussy, I drink only white wine and I love the White, Kavaklidere, and drink it whenever I am in Turkey.

The Leb i Derya I went to was in the Richmond Hotel. LL