Fashion Designer
Self-taught fashion designer Aslı Filinta combines Turkish and Ottoman themes with a generous handful of humor in her highly original yet wearable creations.

“In the summer I love to picnic on a red checkered tablecloth with my dogs Miso and Cano in Maçka Park with a vintage straw picnic basket, reading and drinking wine. As it’s on a hillside the view from there is wonderful, and it’s a rare green space in the city.

Some afternoons, I also love to take a small taka (or boat) up the Golden Horn to Hasköy, to old-fashioned Sadrazam Mahmut Lokantasi where meat, and especially sweetbreads, are the speciality because of the proximity to Sütlüce where the city’s slaughter houses used to be.

I also love to browse the antique shops in Kadıköy, Üsküdar and Çukurcuma. I have good friends at the ones in Çukurcuma, so I drink Turkish coffee with them and while away afternoons until I get hungry and cross the Bosphorus to eat old-school Turkish cuisine at Kanaat Lokantasi in Üsküdar.”

Sadrazam Mahmut Lokantasi
Kumbarhane Cad. No. 64, Halıcıoslu
T: (212) 369 56 84
Kanaat Lokantasi Tembel Hacı
Mehmet Mh., Selman-ı Pak Cad.
No. 25, Üsküdar
T: (216) 341 5444
A La Turca
Faikpasa No. 4 Curkucuma,
T: (212) 245 2933


Digital Conrad Concierge and Complimentary Wi-Fi* when you book at
*Standard Wi-Fi is free. Premium (if available) has a fee. Not free at properties with a resort charge