How to spend an afternoon in Bomonti
Bomonti might be a tiny neighborhood, but it’s full of interesting places for a fun and relaxing time.

1pm: casual lunch

You’ll easily find plenty of casual locations for your Sunday lunch in Bomonti. You might want to give Isola a try—it’s a classy Italian joint with a cozy, chic interior perfect for rainy spring days, as well as street-facing tables outside. The menu’s comforting dishes give the perfect Sunday afternoon vibe. 


2.30pm: treasure hunt

Some might see visiting Feriköy’s Sunday antique market as a game of treasure hunt, others as a trip down memory lane. A fun time is guaranteed whatever you’re looking for. On Saturdays, the same location hosts an organic market, one of Istanbul’s favorite spots for quality produce. 

Feriköy’s Sunday antique market

4pm: Istanbul through lens

Since August 2018, Bomontiada complex has housed the Ara Güler Museum; a vast collection of work by the renowned photographer, presenting themed exhibitions that explore different aspects of the Istanbul legend’s work and displaying his personal effects. 

Read Ara Güler Museum: a new view to the Eye of Istanbul and the interview Ara Güler: looking back with Turkey’s legendary photographer to learn more.

Ara Güler Museum

5pm: grab a drink

Since craft beer is in fashion, and there is no other place in Istanbul with more variety than Populist, let’s agree that it’s probably your default address for an afternoon happy hour. Although it’s easy to indulge in their snacks as well, be sure to leave room for dinner. 


7pm: dinner time

Kilimanjaro is known for its delicious, seasonal menus—and you don’t have to be a professional food connoisseur to appreciate the taste and creativity ot their dishes. In our humble opinion, there is no better way to end a Sunday afternoon in Bomonti than here, with a light meal and a glass of local wine.  


8.30pm: music night

Istanbul’s nightlife institution, Babylon, is an important part of the city’s music scene, and definitely worth visiting if you’re already in the area on a Saturday—although you might want to buy concert tickets in advance. The venue is closed on Sundays. 


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