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Hidiv Kasri
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Ranked #126 of 1 138 things to do in Istanbul
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Owner description: This former residence of the Egyptian Governor is now a famous city landmark and restaurant, noted for its Sunday brunch.
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I visited the place more than once ..
It’s very nice in a very nice neighborhood..

I tried the restaurant there .. very nice food.. and there is also a nice cafe in the park .. recommended

Thank Ruba81
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

We visited the Palace, and had the chance to eat from the restaurant daily buffet.. The views were great, the food was nice, and it has a great park full of tulips ..

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Reviewed 11 March 2016

One of the most attractive buildings on the Asian side of the Bosphorus must be the summer palace of the Khedive (Viceroy) of Egypt in the forest of Cubuklu high above Kanlica.

Built in 1907 by an Italian architect in a style, which mixes Art Nouveau with Classicism and Neo-Ottoman Art, it was apperently called by his owner Abbas Hilmi Pasha II in quite an understatement 'my Swiss chalet'. Did the Khedive know then that he would die one day in Switzerland after having being deposed by the British during WW I ?

In 1937 the Palace Mansion was taken over by the City of Istanbul, but then fell in disrepair until the early 1980's, when the Turkish Automobile Club was offered to restore several Ottoman buildings and parks. Hidiv Kasri was opened to the public in 1984.

As I remember from a visit shortly after that the place was run as a hotel and there was a restaurant in the nearby stables. In 1994, under the then Istanbul mayor Recep Tayyip Erdogan the 10-years-contract was not renewed. Since then Beltur is in charge, the municipality's tourism branch. The hotel was closed, the restaurant moved from the stables to the main building and alcohol was not served anymore.

It is not possible to get there by public transport. I took a ship to the Kanlica quay and then walked up for 20 minutes. Until the end there are no signs, so it is not so easy to immediately find the right way. Another option is to take a taxi.

First I passed a guarded gate and then entered the big park, which surrounds the palace. Before going into the building itself it is recommended to walk around it. There is plenty of marble everywhere and quite an unusual feature is also its tower. But I also love its interior with the fountain surrounded by Ionic columns.

For lunch I sat outside and ordered from the interesting menu with traditional Turkish recipes a portion of Village Noodles with Kes Cheese, Walnuts and Butter, which was quite tasty. Being government run the prices are surprisingly low. The Hidiv Kasri's restaurant is especially popular with locals on Saturdays on Sundays for its open brunch buffet from 9am to 1pm.

Thank saronic
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Reviewed 21 February 2016

High above the Bosporus at Kanlica, the Hidiv Kasri (the khedive's villa) was built as a summer home for the Egyptian khedive in the 19th century. It has some beautiful art-nouveau details, and the grounds are a wonderful place to drink tea on hot days.

Thank owen m
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

This was not on my itinerary and I had no prior knowledge of this place. I was taken there by my good friend Ali from Les Arts Turc in March 2015.

I enjoyed his enthusiasm and the obvious love for his city that he is keen to share with his guests.

The palace is in a beautiful setting and with Ali's connections I was able to take the wooden lift to the top of the tower and get a wonderful view of Istanbul and the Kasri surroundings.

A wonderful meal in the restaurant gives a nice experience of Ottoman style cuisine at a not unreasonable price.

Good company in great surroundings, what could be better!

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