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Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah offers a ‘Taste of Istanbul’

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 Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, Istanbul’s most iconic hotel, has launched a new ‘Taste of Istanbul’ experience for 2015. Curated to introduce guests to the best of local food, knowledge and culture, this two-night stay includes a traditional Turkish cooking class, the chance to experience a Turkish Hammam and a guided tour of the most vibrant markets in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Istanbul is famed for its markets which offer everything from spice bazaars to fresh foods and costume jewellery.  Guests at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah will now be able to navigate the labyrinth of bustling markets like a true local, with a guided culinary walking tour led by the hotel’s Executive Chef Arif Doğan. With his expertise in local Turkish cuisine, Arif Doğan’s tour will take in the famous Spice Bazaar and the traditional Fish Market.  

The tour will also explore the evolution of Ottoman cuisine by stopping at the city’s historical specialty food stores; some of which have been in operation since the early 1900s.

Once back at the hotel, guests will be able to use their freshly sourced ingredients during a traditional Turkish cooking class with Chef Arif Doğan, followed by dinner at the hotel’s signature Agatha Restaurant. The next day, guests can complete their authentic Turkish experience by indulging in a relaxing Hammam in the hotel’s Pera Spa.

The hotel is well-placed for both the modern centre and the historic old town, making it the perfect destination for both business and leisure. Designed by renowned local architect Alexander Vallaury, the building has hosted an impressive list of guests including Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock. Today Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah maintains the elegant classical style that made it famous, with authentic 19th century features serving as a timeless focal point. Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah was given ‘museum-hotel’ status in 1981 when, as a tribute to the founder of modern Turkey, Room 101 was converted into the Atatürk Museum.

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