Restaurants

Modern Turkish in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Alancha

Alancha's designer decor is as striking as its colourful and artfully arranged dinner dishes, which range from servings of wild sea bass to filet mignon. Go for the Anatolian tasting menu, which features a dozen cou…
Asian in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Banyan

The menu here travels around Asia, featuring Thai, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese and Chinese dishes, and including soups, sushi, satays and salads. Banyan claims to serve food for the soul, and you can enjoy it with …
International in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Vogue

This sophisticated bar-restaurant in a Beşiktaş office block opened in 1997, and feels like it has been going strong since Atatürk was lodging in the nearby Dolmabahçe Palace. A menu of pasta, seafood, sushi, lamb s…
Cafe in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Minoa

Big windows, warm brick accents, and colourful tiles make this cafe-bookstore a welcoming place to linger with a coffee and a fig tart, or perhaps a glass of wine and a cheese plate. The books for sale include a wel…
International in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

House Cafe

This branch of a chic chain has a million-lira location right on the water's edge, and is hugely popular with locals for a weekend brunch. Prepare to linger, as service can be slow at busy times and you'll probably …
Anatolian in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Hünkar

If you decide to spend a day or half-day shopping in Nişantaşı, consider taking a break and eating at Hünkar, one of the city's best lokantas (eateries serving ready-made food). In business since 1950, it serves all…
International in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Kitchenette

The tunes flow as easily as the craft beer in this laid-back meeting spot, where affluent İstanbullus enjoy breakfast platters (₺29) and burgers (₺35) from the tiled terrace with its Bosphorus view. Steaks, curries …
Fast Food in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Kümpir & Waffle Stands

The pedestrianised street running inland from Ortaköy Mosque is crowded with stands selling kümpir (stuffed baked potato) and sweet-smelling waffles. Respectively bulging with savoury fillings such as sucuk (spicy v…
Turkish in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Hatay Antakya Mutfağı

The spicy, Arab-influenced cuisine of Hatay province in southeastern Turkey is the specialty at this small, bistro-like restaurant in the Akaretler area of Beşiktaş. The tasty range of kebabs, flatbreads and meze (s…
Cafe in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Aşşk Kahve

Aşk means 'love' in Turkish; the extra ş creates something similar to 'loove' in English. Semantics aside, Aşşk serves İstanbullus their beloved leisurely Turkish breakfast by the Bosphorus. Go early to snaffle a ta…