First things first
Give him modern, minimalist pieces that are luxe in an understated way. Bey, a menswear store in Karaköy that's worthy of the spotlight, carries jeans, sweaters, backpacks, leather shoes and much more. He's guaranteed to look dashing for your day out.
Kemankeş Mh. Mumhane Cd. No: 54/1, Karaköy. +90 532 700 59 55; beykarakoy.com
Put a twist on the standard bouquet with a leaf necklace from Liff. Here, each delicate piece — not just necklaces but dangling earrings, statement rings and more — begins with an individual leaf from a different plant species.
+90 532 340 34 20; liff.com.tr
The Sweet Treat
Take your love to the next level
What's V-Day without chocolate? The Istanbul Chocolate Festival runs February 11 to 14, giving you and your bonbon the chance to nibble (or gobble) sweets all in the name of romance. If you want to get in on the action, there will be workshops and other interactive events.
Sirkeci train station, Sirkeci. +90 536 735 34 34; istanbulcikolatafestivali.com
The Main Course
Pray and love, but eat first
How about taking your loved one to Ita — oops, sorry, Eataly this Valentine’s Day? The Italian-chalet feel will set the mood as you enjoy authentic dishes like octopus carpaccio and oven-cooked sea bream. You'll definitely want another dessert, so try something fresh and fruity like strawberry and prosecco sorbet. Cozy up near the fireplace with a glass of wine and the Alps won't feel too far away.
Eataly, Zorlu Center, ground flr. +90 212 336 66 00; eataly.com.tr
The Sound of Love
A final touch
How does love sound? The answer is easy: It sounds like Bülent Ortaçgil and Birsen Tezer. Taking the stage at Beşiktaş IF Performance Hall on Valentine’s Day, the duo will perform what they’re famous for — honest, heartfelt songs of love. If you want to fall head over heels all over again, this is the place to be.
Has Fırın Cd. Akmaz Çeşme Sk. No: 26, Beşiktaş. +90 212 258 48 78; biletix.com