Restaurants

Turkish in Around İstanbul

Gram Kanyon

Chef Didem Şenol brings the innovative combinations of fresh, seasonal ingredients that won her great acclaim at the now-closed Lokanta Maya to the Kanyon shopping centre in the Levent business district. Gram’s airy…
Turkish in Büyükada

Teras Restaurant

Overlooking Büyükada's longest beach, Teras is a fabulous spot for a leisurely year-round weekend brunch or summer dinner (arrive before sunset). Brunch includes favourites such as menemen (scrambled eggs with peppe…
Cafe in The Bosphorus Strait

Sütiş

The Bosphorus branch of this popular chain has an expansive and comfortable terrace overlooking the water. It's known for all-day breakfasts and its huge range of sweet treats – we recommend a simit (sesame-encruste…
Seafood in The Bosphorus Strait

Kiyi

Named after a species of freshwater whitefish, this large and often boisterous restaurant has been serving excellent seafood to locals since the 1960s and remains popular with many of the city's movers and shakers. …
Italian in The Bosphorus Strait

Antica Locanda

Milanese-born chef Gian Carlo Talerico and his Turkish wife Beldan Erkkul converted this former residence of the Aya Strati Taksiarhi Greek Orthodox Church complex into an elegant trattoria in 2011. They keep a loya…
Turkish in The Bosphorus Strait

Sade Kahve

Seats on the outdoor terrace are hotly contested on sunny weekends at this İstanbul institution, where the all-day breakfasts are both cheap and tasty.
Seafood in Büyükada

Pelikan Balıkçısı

The cheery slogan (Hello Fish!) on the sign outside says it all at this simple place one street back from the waterfront promenade. Fresh fish is available daily, with yesterday's leftovers used in the tasty fish so…
Modern Turkish in The Bosphorus Strait

Tapasuma

Set in a restored 19th-century rakı distillery (suma is a Turkish word meaning 'unadulterated spirit'), this stylish restaurant is attached to the luxury Sumahan on the Water hotel and has a stunning waterside locat…
International in The Bosphorus Strait

Lokma

Enjoying brunch in Rumeli Hisarı is a popular local pastime, so this newcomer to the main drag has no problems filling its 300-odd seats on weekends. The huge terrace (glassed-in during the winter months) with its B…
Turkish in Büyükada

Prinkipo

Operated by local character Fıstık Ahmet, this long-standing favourite near the port is known for its excellent mezes and lavish pourings of alcohol (it's not the type of place that will appeal to teetotallers). Boo…