Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars
These days we're accustomed to kit homes and self-assemble furniture from Ikea, but back in 1871, when this Gothic Revival–style church...
Church of St Mary of the Mongols
Consecrated in the 13th century and saved from conversion into a mosque by the personal decree of Mehmet the Conqueror, this is the only...
Phanar Greek Orthodox College
Rising Hogwarts-like from the urban jumble, this Fener landmark, known locally as 'kırmızı kale ' (the red castle), for its castellated...
Decked out with big sacks of coffee and wood-and-metal seating, this caffeine-besotted cafe roasts its own beans, and sells bags of...
Dating from 1890, this city institution has recently changed hands but its new owner, Turkish film actor and director Ezel Akay, has...
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Köfteci Arnavut information
Unsigned and unassuming, this famous köftecisi first opened in 1947 and is overseen by the son of the original 'meatball seller'. It is known for its köfte (meatballs) served with piyaz (white beans). Look for the run-down red-brick building with white, wooden windows on the ground floor; there are usually a couple of tables and some stools outside.