Restaurants

Top Choice Turkish in Western Districts

Asitane

This elegant restaurant next to the Kariye Museum (Chora Church) serves Ottoman dishes devised for the palace kitchens at Topkapı, Edirne and Dolmabahçe. Its chefs have been tracking down historic recipes for years,…
Top Choice Turkish in Kaş

Hünkâr Ocakbaşı

For a quick but quality lunch, local foodies recommend this clean and friendly eatery serving everything from light lunches (the bijou ₺2 lahmacun might be the smallest pizza you ever see) to kebaps, mixed grills an…
Top Choice Turkish in Çıralı

Yöruk Restaurant

Just after the bridge into Çıralı, the village's best restaurant feels like a Yöruk nomad camp with its central fire and tented section. Behind a counter heaving with mezes and seafood, the open kitchen turns out el…
Top Choice Turkish in Kalkan

Mussakka

With its pink theme and wood burner, this casually elegant eatery offers sea views, good service and dishes from champagne and scampi risotto to the recommended house moussaka, cooked saç kavurma (stir-fried) style …
Top Choice Turkish in Fethiye

Paşa Kebab

Nearly always bustling, and with a menu that's something of a novella, Paşa does a fine line in Turkish staples. If you're hungry, try the Paşa Special, a gigantic and delicious kebap concoction of beef, tomato, bul…
Top Choice Turkish in Eskişehir

Avlu

Avlu restaurant should be your go-to spot if you're only in town for a night. Its hotel location within a beautifully restored Ottoman mansion in Eskişehir's Odunpazarı historic district is elegant; the kitchen turn…
Top Choice Turkish in Antalya

Can Can Pide ve Kebap Salonu

Can Can (jan jan) certainly has lots of can (soul), and is worth the walk for a neighbourhood experience, with street tables and locals buying güveç (stews) from its bains-marie well into the evening. Choose between…
Top Choice Kebab in Skopje

Kebapčilnica Destan

Skopje's best beef kebabs, accompanied by seasoned grilled bread, peppers and a little raw onion, are served at this classic Čaršija place. There's no menu, everyone gets the same thing, but the terrace is usually f…
Top Choice Turkish in Beyoğlu

Hayvore

Notable lokantas (traditional eateries serving ready-made dishes) are few and far between in modern-day Beyoğlu, so the existence of this bustling place next to the Galatasaray Lycée is to be wholeheartedly celebrat…
Top Choice Turkish in İzmir

Ayşa

Serving Bosnian food that is remarkably similar to Turkish home cooking, this stylish lokanta (eatery with ready-made food) in the pretty Abacıoğlu Han offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Choose from the DIY mez…