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Mar 22
Monday

Badehane: Asmalimescit Gone GaGa

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One recent Wednesday night found us outside of Badehane, in Beyoglu’s Asmalimescit area, packed in like sardines. We were pleasantly pickling ourselves with raki while listening to the sweet sounds of clarinet virtuoso Selim Sesler and his Roma orchestra when someone at an adjacent table said, “This place used to be cool, but now…”

Having a look around Asmalimescit these days, it’s easy to get nostalgic for a time when this little district was a bit less developed. Continue…


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