Overseen by alums of Michelin-starred kitchens and housed in a converted bungalow on a hard-to-find side street, the gently priced Bo.lan is one of the city’s hottest Thai tables; recommended are the beef with shrimp paste and squid with hearts of palm. bolan.co.th
Recent arrival Chi Sing melds delicious, crisp flavors and grilled central Vietnamese dishes with all-white minimalist interiors and diaphanous origami mobiles. $ chising-berlin.de
The fashion boutique Studio 8 showcases top Asian and Middle Eastern designers, including Bollywood’s Manish Malhotra, Pria Kataaria Puri from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia’s Hatem Al-Akeel, Hassan Sheheryar Yasin from Pakistan, and the Lebanese-born Sohad Acouri and Aiisha Ramadan. studio8.ae
The glitterati enjoying Champagne-, oyster-, and escargot-heavy evenings at the nine-month-old Babe Bar & Lounge don’t want outsiders to know, but this low-lit, clubby spot in the hip Bebek enclave is the city’s latest and coolest place to see and be seen. 90-212/265-2020
Coffee connoisseurs are lining up at the fabulous little Tomtom Coffee House, a laid-back spot in the Belgravia neighborhood that’s serving the city’s best espresso and lattes, all made using arabica beans prepped at Tomtom’s roasting rooms in Dorset. $ tomtom.co.uk
Thatcher is publishing editor of LUXE City Guides.
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