Kariye Museum (Chora Church)
İstanbul has more than its fair share of Byzantine monuments, but few are as drop-dead gorgeous as this mosaic- and fresco-laden church....
Mihrimah Sultan Hamamı
Visit this restored hamam for an affordable and authentic experience. It lacks the architectural beauty of its counterparts in...
Mihrimah Sultan Mosque
The great Sinan put his stamp on the entire city, and this mosque, constructed in the 1560s next to the Edirnekapı section of the...
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...
Kariye Oteli, Kariye Camii Sokak 6 · interesting places nearby
This elegant restaurant next to the Kariye Museum serves Ottoman dishes devised for the palace kitchens at Topkapı, Edirne and Dolmabahçe. Its chefs have been tracking down historic recipes for years, and the menu is full of versions that will tempt most modern palates, including vegetarian.
Try dishes such as stuffed quince, goose kebap or the 'fatty apron' kebap, featuring lamb and beef wrapped in caul (stomach lining) fat, in the pretty outdoor courtyard or somewhat bland interior.