There’s a gorgeous venue in town that all the well-heeled folks and celebrities go to dine. It’s called Galatasaray Island, but most Istanbulites (locals) call it the Suada Club, or simply Suada. The island, on the edge of the Bosporus, is owned by the Galatasaray Football Club of Turkey’s Super League and UEFA’s Champions League.
Boasting seven high-class restaurants and an Olympic-sized pool, in summer, it’s Suada’s Bosphorus-meets-St. Tropez style that lures many Istanbulites here to recline on the daybeds and bask in the sunshine and glamour by the pool. Come nighttime, the mood lighting illuminates a romantic setting and the isle fills with people who revel in the chic style and superb cuisine of the restaurants.
To get there, head to Kuruçeşme Park just north of the first Bosporus Bridge and board the free ferry that shuttles 165m to/from the island. Check the website for more information about the restaurants. Reservations are advised.