1924

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1924

Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city where many cultures live and blended in together. That’s why you can see the cultures, music, and traditions of different cultures intertwined with Turkish culture in every corner of this city. This is one of the things that makes this city so special.

The Russians, who ran from the Bolshevik Revolution opened this restaurant in order to avoid losing their culture. The restaurant became so popular in time, so many worldwide famous people like Greta Garbo and Agatha Christie came here to eat. But perhaps the most interesting corner of the restaurant is the Republic of Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s table. Atatürk was also a loyal customer, and his table is here written ‘Reserved For Eternity’ on it. Today, this restaurant has changed hands and restored, but has lost nothing of its soul.

When you enter the restaurant decorated in Art Deco style, you may feel like traveling in time. The image of it really feels like a restaurant in the 1920s. You can see the world-famous names that came and ate here on the nameplates on the walls. On the weekends, live music is performed with piano, harp, and accordion. You have a little chance to come by a similar place elsewhere in the world. When music, decoration and the food come together, you will really go back in time, and not as a guest, but as a resident of this city.

The food also creates a wonderful mosaic, like Istanbul. The menu consists of a combination of Russian, Balkan, Caucasian, Eastern European and Turkish cuisine, which includes delicious appetizers, salads, main courses, and desserts. 

Worldwide Local Tip: Another feature of this restaurant is handmade flavored vodka. You should drink the special vodka called 1924 Lemon Vodka. Other flavored vodkas and cocktails are among those that should be tried.

Go to 1924 and live Istanbul’s past and present at the same time. Be sure that you’re going to have an experience that you’ll never forget.