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DAY 2:

10:00  Wake yourself up with the best coffee in Turkey. Ethem Tezçakar Kahveci (Halicilar Sokak, Grand Bazaar) is run by a fourth-generation Grand Bazaar coffee shop owner, Bekir Tezçakar. Near ‘Rug Street’ within the Grand Bazaar, the tiny interior can squeeze in no more than four people, but is well worth it.
 
11:30  Another of Istanbul’s most famous sights is the Hagia Sophia. A former Orthodox cathedral, later a mosque, and now a museum, seeing it in its full architectural glory is a must for any visitor to the city.
 
14:00  Lunch at Meze by Lemon Tree, named as one of Istanbul’s top 10 restaurants. With mouth-watering meat dishes and a terrifyingly large selection of raki (the national evil, aniseed-tasting spirit), it should revive you. Mains from £10.
 
15:30  Silahtarag˘a Power Plant is probably Istanbul’s most interesting cultural space. The city’s sole provider of electricity between 1914 and 1952, it was decommissioned in 1983 and reinvented as a centre for the arts in 2007. See the website for full listings of current exhibits.

17:00  If the warm climate is taking its toll, go for a walk around the Magic Ice Museum of Istanbul. At -5˚C, 1400sqm across and containing 70 tonnes of imported ice, it’s bound to cool you down. Entrance costs about £9.

20:00  End the weekend at Arkaoda, a hip bar in the heart of the city’s alternative scene, Kadife Sokak. Bands, DJ sets and contemporary art make a great offbeat close to your time in unusual Istanbul.

Return direct flights to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport from London Heathrow start from £165 with AnadoluJet 

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