Up several flights of stairs in an apartment building in Asmalimescit is the two-floor Balkon Restaurant and Bar with indoor and outdoor seating areas and a pleasant view of Istanbul from a bird's eye view. The menu includes several options for starters, salads, pizza, and pasta, as well as desserts, and after a certain hour, the space fills up with conversing crowds and music. Drinks include beer, wine, domestic and imported liquor, and cocktails such as the Daquiri with Seasonal Fruits. If you are looking for a place to get away from the crowds and have a seat to chit chat with friends over some drinks, Balkon is your place.
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