Your Secret place in Istanbul is...

Küçüksu Palace (Küçüksu Kasri)

Kucuksu Palace was built in wood by Sultan Mahmut II on the Asian side of Istanbul in 1751. In 1856 a two-story marble palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid. At the time, the Dolmabahçe Palace was the official residence of the Sultan. He used the palace only for daily visits, so the palace did not include bedrooms in his original plan. Although later, some rooms were converted into bedrooms, at the time when the Kucuksu Palace was used as a place to stay by guests or dignitaries and also by the sultan who would go there to hunt.

Kucuksu means "little water". This name was given to the palace because there is a small river very close. The whole palace is very luxurious, from the baroque decorations on the façade, the interior with fireplaces made of valuable Italian stones, the mirrors and chandeliers, the fine floors to the large furniture.

Also do not miss this Rooftop...

Balkon Restaurant & Bar is a relaxed and bohemian Istanbul rooftop with a beautiful view over the Bosphorus and the city.

Located in Asmalımescit, the rooftop is open from lunch until late at night and offers international food and drinks as well as a great atmosphere.

The rooftop menu features pub-like fare such as burgers, pizza, salads, quesadillas, and (of course) kebab, as well as cocktails and cold beers. Nothing fancy, but perfect for an informal meal with a view. During the day, you can enjoy relaxing surroundings in the sun or under the retractable roof on the terrace. As the night progresses, the vibe builds and the entertainment begins, with swing, funk, 70s, 80s, soul, house, electro and funky house music.

Fun, friendly and relaxing, that's pretty much what Balkon Restaurant & Bar is all about.