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Located at the confluence of Europe and Asia, Istanbul has become a melting pot of cultures and influences. Today, this vibrant modern city is an irresistible blend of old and new. Hip 21st-century designs combine effortlessly with Byzantine and early Islamic architecture. French haute cuisine sits alongside traditional Turkish cooking, while Internationally renowned DJs coexist with whirling dervishes. A Hedonist's Guide to Istanbul shows readers how to make the most of a visit to this splendid city. Targeting a generation of "time-poor, cash-rich" travelers, this second edition has been totally revised and reformatted, with enhanced images and maps and all venues double-checked for accuracy. Individual sections are easy to navigate, and feature only the very best dining, staying, and playing that the second-largest metropolitan area in Europe has to offer.