Established in 2002, this culinary school has changed hands but is still cooking up a storm under its Turkish-Italian ownership....
This historic arcade of shops was once part of the külliye (mosque complex) of the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii). Mosques built by...
Museum of Great Palace Mosaics
When archaeologists from the University of Ankara and Scotland's University of St Andrews excavated around the nearby Arasta Bazaar in...
Located in a sunken courtyard behind the Blue Mosque, Meşale is a tourist trap par excellence, but still has loads of charm....
Sofa Cafe Restaurant
Candlelit tables beckon patrons into this cosy and laid-back bar-restaurant, which has a roof terrace open in summer. The food is...
Akbıyık Caddesi 72a · interesting places nearby
Cooking Alaturka information
One of the Sultanahmet area's best dining experiences, this hybrid cooking-school–restaurant serves a set four- or five-course menu of Turkish home-cooking, regional Anatolian specialities and Ottoman classics. Sampling dishes such as imam bayıldı ('the imam fainted'; eggplant, onion, tomato and peppers slow-cooked in olive oil) with a glass of local wine is a wonderful way to experience authentic Turkish cuisine.
The menu can be tailored to suit vegetarians or those with food allergies (call ahead). No children under six years at dinner.