Top 10 Places to Eat in Istanbul
Thanks to have been situtated at the epicenter of the world and crossroad of civilazations, Turkish cousine is vast, diverse and pretty delicious. Luckily Istanbul offers the best examples of the rich Turkish cousine. In this article, we have handpicked for you the Top 10 Places to Eat in Istanbul and well avoided the touristic ones.
Lades MenemenSadri Alisik Sokak 12 Beyoglu, Istanbul
Starting the day, we surely begin with breakfast reccomandations. Menemen is a Turkish egg-dish mostly preferred for breakfasts and for any other meal of the day too and Lades in Beyoglu is a great option to try it out.
Çiya Sofrası Gunesli Bahce Sokak Kadikoy, Istanbul
Hands down the best place by far to to try and experience Turkish home-made dishes, offering diverse options from each part of Turkey. The owner and chef has been featured in a gastromic documentary on Netflix.
Galata KitchenTatar Beyi Sokak 9B Beyoglu, Istanbul
Galata Kitchen is a great, family-run small restaurant in Galata, serving Turkish home-made dishes. The place is very cosy and the food is great. Galata Kitchen is deffinetely a must-go restaurant in Istanbul.
Karakoy Lokantasi Kemankes 57 Beyoglu, Istanbul
Karakoy Lokantasi in an renowned Istanbul restaurant serving traditional Turkish cousine dishes. It is a great both for lunches or dinners. The atmosphere is very cosy with colorful Turkish tiled interior.
Pandeli RestaurantMisir Carsisi 2 Fatih, Istanbul
Pandeli Restaurant was founded by a Turkish Greek whom first came to Istanbul to work at the Egyptian Market as a porter. A while later, he started a small restaurant serving other porters in the market. It was surely after when it became a popular restaurant that it's still open to this day.
Hamdi Kebap Kalcin Sokak 11 Fatih, Istanbul
Hamdi Restaurant with two other branches is a fine example of where to have kebab in Istanbul. Hamdi Restaurant in Eminou is overlooking the Golden Horn offers a fine variety of kebab dishes as well as mezes and traditional appetizers.
Yeni LokantaKumbaraci Yokusu 66 Beyoglu, Istanbul
Yeni Lokanta is beautifully decorated eatry located by a side of Istiklal Avenue. The menu mostly consists of hot and cold mezes and four main dishes that are of a blending of traditional Turkish with modern interpretation.
Balıkçı Sabahattin Hasan Kuyu Sokak 1 Fatih, Istanbul
Balıkçı Sabahattin is amongest of favorite places in terms of sea food. It's an old establishment serving various sea foods, as well as a variety of mezes and appetizers. The restaurant is often busy and we reccomend you to book your table before you show up.
Asım Usta Karadeniz DonerBakkal Sokak 6 Besiktas, Istanbul
Asım Usta, the founder of this small döner eatry is famous amongest the locals. You may always find a long que, although operates in quick fashion, and the döner is to be fully finished by afternoon. Home-baked pide bread and the delicious döner is what you are strongly advised to try out.
Asmali Cavit Asmalı Mescid 16 D Beyoglu, Istanbul
Asmalı Cavit offers delicious dishes, large varietys of mezes and appetizers in its cosy atmosphere where the prices are very reasonable.