is an international art and cultural center. The International Arts and Cultural
Festival is held each year in June and July with famous artists coming from all
over the world. These performances are held mostly in the Atatürk Cultural
Center. Those enjoying classical music can hear it at Cemal Resit Rey Hall.
Operas, operettas, ballets, film, concerts, exhibitions and conferences all
share the cultural palette of the city. Istanbul also has a rich program of
light entertainment. Nightclubs provide splendid entertainment throughout
dinner, ranging from a selection of Turkish songs to the famous belly dance.
Istanbul is an international gambling city with many casinos.
these are modern discos, cabarets, and jazz clubs in the Taksim-Harbiye
Sultanahmet, there are a number of restaurants in restored Byzantine and Ottoman
buildings which offer a unique setting for an evening out.
with its many taverns, bars and fish restaurants, is another attractive
district. People have been meeting for years in Beyoglu district's Çiçek Pasaji
for snacks and seafood specialties. Also in this district, the narrow Nevizede
street, near Çiçek Pasaji, is the best place in Istanbul for eating Turkish
specialties and drinking raki.
Bosphorus, Ortaköy is the best place for nightlife in Istanbul, with its
nightclubs, jazz clubs, fine seafood restaurants and bars.
Eminönü, don't miss an opportunity to see the fishermen dressed in traditional
Ottoman clothes on their Ottoman-style boats where you may board and taste their
famous delicious fried fish.
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