Owned by Sezen Aksu, the most famous singer in Turkey, Frankie Istanbul offers an elegant and vibrant ambiance in Nişantaşı, the city’s fashion and art district. Live music performances during dinner are the norm. (+90-212) 230-6666; www.frankieistanbul.com
"Yes, I Would Have Another Glass of Tea: An American Woman’s Letters To Turkey," by Katherine Branning
Art historian Branning describes her experiences in Turkey, which were inspired by the letters of Lady Mary Montagu whose husband was the city’s ambassador from 1716 through 1718.