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
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...
Unsigned and unassuming, this famous köftecisi first opened in 1947 and is overseen by the son of the original 'meatball seller'. It is...
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 vegetarians. Dine inside or in the pretty outdoor courtyard during summer.