Istanbul Belly dancing
Replies: 2 - Last Post: May 27, 2013 3:04 PM Last Post By: Rag_hoo
May 27, 2013 9:40 AM
Istanbul Belly dancingHi,
I am looking for a place with good belly dance entertainment with dinner.
Al Jamal is one name that I often bump into while doing my research, and I must say its indeed impressive. But I was wondering if there are more places ( sure there must be!!!) where its an evening of entertainment rather than a 15 min show. Al Jamal is on the expensive side and more touristy - which I am ok with but if there are places with better value for money and more authentic I would prefer them.
In case Al Jamal is easily the best and worth it then I need some info regarding that as well.
1. Is Al Jamal a company that has a chain of restaurants or is it a restaurant on its own?
2. Where is this place? I see it operates from different places in summer and winter. While I wonder how that's possible, where is it going to be during the 3rd week of June?
3. I have not booked my hotels but looking to stay around Taksim square. Is it convenient to come back to the hotel from Al Jamal?
May 27, 2013 11:16 AM
1Is Al Jamal worth it?Well,it is if you can afford it as you are correct it isn't cheap but if you can fork out then do so.It is an amazing night out and there is nothing else remotely like Izzet Çapa's clubs in Istanbul.Aside from a beautifully designed space,the ambiance is very pleasant and cool,food is excellent and the service standards high.
It isn't actually touristy,some foreign tourists have heard of it and do go but it was primarily opened for Istanbullers themselves.
Tacky and touristy describes the so called Turkish nights available as a show and dinner package.Expensive and really not all that.Naff!
Al Jamal is owned by the Çapa Group who own a few different cafes and restaurants around the city.
It is located in Akaretler,Beşiktaş which is 15-20 minutes walk to Taksim or a few minutes in a taxi.Here is a map showing it's location-
There is also Al Jamal Arabesque in Maçka with a Lebanese theme not dissimilar to AJ Badawi.
Not far from AJ Badawi as you can see here-
Whichever you go to you are sure of a fabulous nights entertainment with great food too!
May 27, 2013 3:04 PM
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