I went to Istanbul during the summer of 2009 for my honeymoon. I bought two guides because I love to cross-reference. My other guide was good for everything "traditional". The wallpaper guide helped us discover the modern side of Istanbul. This was great, because after seeing many very old monuments, seeing modern things give you a breath of fresh air and a whole new perspective on the city. Through the wallpaper guide, we went into a few of the coolest bars I ever went to (on top floors of appartment buildings). We also went to the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art which is great (and has a delicious restaurant overlooking the water). Finally, we went to the Reservoirs that are in the middle of the place but underground, so they often go unvisited; these were surreal! All in all, I have to say the restaurants and bar were a bit on the expensive side, but they are definetly worth the premium. I would definetly recommend this guide to anybody who want to have a trendier perspective on old classics (for the old classics you have all the other guides that will send you to all the places where all the tourists go!).
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For The Trendy SetApril 18 2009
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This guide is written for those who wish to pursue the current fads in style. The problem, of course, is that fads, by definition, are constantly changing, so the book is outdated by the time it is published.
At a more basic level, the book contains 128 pages, seven of which are for the reader's own notes. The hotels it recommends are all very expensive; you can put together a better list by going to the New York Times Travel website, sorting by price (high to low), and looking at the most expensive ones. The same is true for restaurants.
A far better guide to hotels, restaurants, shops, etc. is StyleCity Istanbul. The places it recommends are more interesting and are likely to be around a lot longer.
There is also a Hedonist's Guide To Istanbul 1st Edition (A Hedonist's Guide to...), which I have not read, but appears to be aimed at the stylish set.