Restaurants

Top Choice Turkish in Sultanahmet & Around

Deraliye

Starting with a complimentary glass of palate-titillating pomegranate-flower juice, Deraliye offers a taste of the sumptuous dishes once served in the great Ottoman palaces. The menu gives a potted history of each d…
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 Turkish in Sultanahmet & Around

Cooking Alaturka

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. Samp…
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 Sweets in Bazaar District

Develi Baklava

As with many things Turkish, there's a ritual associated with eating baklava. Afficionados don't use a knife and fork. Instead, they turn their baklava upside down with the help of an index finger and thumb, and pop…
Top Choice Sweets in Beyoğlu

Karaköy Güllüoğlu

This much-loved baklavacı (baklava shop) opened in 1949 and was the first İstanbul branch of a business established in Gaziantep in the 1820s. A family feud has since led to the opening of other Güllüoğlu offshoots …
Top Choice Pide in Bazaar District

Fatih Damak Pide

It's worth making the trek to this pideci overlooking the Fatih İtfaiye Park near the Aqueduct of Valens. Its reputation for making the best Karadeniz (Black Sea)–style pide on the historic peninsula is well deserve…
Top Choice Anatolian in Kadıköy

Çiya Sofrası

Known throughout the culinary world, Musa Dağdeviren's lokanta (eatery serving ready-made food) showcases dishes from regional Turkey and is a wonderful place to sample treats such as lahmacun (Arabic-style pizza), …
Top Choice Modern Turkish in Beyoğlu

Neolokal

Chef Maksut Aşkar opened this swish eatery in late 2014 and has been wowing local and international diners with his exciting twists on traditional Turkish food ever since. Utilising ingredients listed on the Slow Fo…
Top Choice Anatolian in Beyoğlu

Antiochia

Dishes from the southeastern city of Antakya (Hatay) are the speciality here. Cold mezes feature olives and wild herbs, and hot choices include delicious içli köfte (ground lamb and onion with a bulgar coating)and ö…