Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Sultanahmet & Around

Balıkçı Sabahattin

Balıkçı Sabahattin is an enduring favourite with discerning Turks from near and far, who enjoy the limited menu of meze and seafood, including fish from red mullet to sole. This is Sultanahmet's most prestigious res…
Top Choice Anatolian in Sultanahmet & Around

Birecikli

Those keen on robust flavours and the liberal application of chilli in their food will be instantly enamoured of the dishes served at this bustling eatery in Hocapaşa. Choose from an array of liver options, meat keb…
Köfte in Sultanahmet & Around

Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi Selim Usta

Not to be confused with the nearby Meşhur Sultanahmet Köftecisi, this no-frills place near the Sultanahmet tram stop is the most famous eatery in the Old City. It has been serving its slightly rubbery ızgara köfte (…
Pide in Sultanahmet & Around

Palatium

Palatium is built atop part of the Great Palace of Byzantium, which you can see through its glass floor, between the rugs, beanbag seats at low tables and dangling lanterns. While the food is better than at many of …
Turkish in Sultanahmet & Around

Erol Lokantası

One of Sultanahmet's last lokantas (eateries serving ready-made food), Erol wouldn't win any awards for its interior design but might for its warm welcome and food. The dishes in the bain-marie are made fresh daily …
Pide in Sultanahmet & Around

Karadeniz Aile Pide ve Kebap Salonu

Serving tasty pides and kebaps since 1985, the original Karadeniz (Black Sea)–style pide joint in this enclave is a hit with local shopkeepers. You can claim a table in the utilitarian interior (women usually sit up…
Cafe in Sultanahmet & Around

Çiğdem Pastanesi

Strategically located on the main drag between Aya Sofya Meydanı and the Grand Bazaar, Çiğdem has been tempting locals since 1961 with its mouth-watering window display of gateaux and pastries. Pop in for a quick te…
Turkish in Sultanahmet & Around

Deraliye

Offering a taste of the sumptuous dishes once served in the great Ottoman palaces, Deraliye offers diners the chance to order delights such as the goose kebap served to Süleyman the Magnificent or Mehmet II's favour…
Turkish in Sultanahmet & Around

Matbah

One of a growing number of İstanbul restaurants specialising in so-called Ottoman palace cuisine, Matbah offers dishes that were devised centuries ago in the royal kitchens of Constantinople. The menu changes with t…
Kebap in Sultanahmet & Around

Sedef İskender

Locals swear that Sedef serves Sultanahmet's best döner kebap (spit-roasted lamb slices), and keep the chef busy shaving thin slices of meat or chicken with his enormous knife. A portion stuffed into fresh bread (ya…