Elif Yalın 
39, Chef/Owner of Mangerie

Housed in a nestlike loft, Mangerie serves up such dishes as menemen (scrambled eggs, tomatoes, onion, pepper and mint) and a restorative chicken broth to a fashionable crowd. The bar is topped with Turkish delights, wine and champagne; from behind the bar, juice and Turkish coffees (with just a hint of cardamom) are the order of the day. “I start the day off here with coffee,” says chef/owner Elif Yalın. “On the next block is a shop called Midnight Express that sells an amazing mix of Turkish designers, including Mehry Mu, along with international labels like Maison Martin Margiela. The leather Mehry Mu bags are inspired by vibrant fabrics found at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar,” she says. “For lunch, I like to take the 30-minute walk along the water to the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, a fine-arts museum with beautiful grounds. Müzedechanga, the modern museum restaurant, was designed by the Autoban group; it has a large terrace that’s perfect for afternoon drinks and bites, like grilled octopus with capers and dill, and smooth rose-geranium ice cream.”