Istanbul restaurants

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. There are other Güllüoğlu offshoots around town, but this remains the be…
Top Choice Seafood in Sultanahmet

Balıkçı Sabahattin

Balıkçı Sabahattin is an enduring favourite with discerning Turks from near and far, who enjoy the limited but delicious menu of mezes and seafood. This is Sultanahmet's most prestigious restaurant and its best food…
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 Modern Turkish in Beyoğlu

Neolokal

Chef Maksut Aşkar has been wowing diners with his exciting rifts on traditional Turkish food since 2014, gaining an entry on the San Pellegrino World's Best Restaurant list in the process. Utilising ingredients list…
Top Choice Syrian in Istanbul

Hatay Haskral Sofrası

In 'Little Syria', this barn-like eatery offers a marvellously varied range of mezes, salads and kebaps. Specialities include tuzda kuzu kol and tuzda tavuk (whole chicken or lamb shoulder baked in a salt crust, ₺14…
Top Choice Turkish in Beyoğlu

Mürver

A notable recent addition to the local restaurant scene, this rooftop restaurant at the Novotel is sustaining its initial hype. The menu is dominated by meat dishes such as lamb cooked in a tandir or steak and chick…
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 an essential stop for foodies, particularly those of the vegetarian variet…
Top Choice Cafe in Kadıköy

Küff

Ticking all of the hipster boxes (third-wave coffee, vegan food, tattooed baristas, indoor plants), this hugely popular cafe spreads over spaces on both sides of Karakolhane Caddesi in up-and-coming Yeldeğirmeni, on…
Top Choice International in The Bosphorus Suburbs

Apartıman

Reinventing herself as a chef, former industrial designer Burçak Kazdal brings a pronounced designer approach to the decor and menu of her upmarket brasserie-cafe-bar on Yenıköy's fashionable main strip, offering cu…
Top Choice Turkish in Beyoğlu

Hayvore

Notable lokantas (traditional eateries serving ready-made dishes) are rare in modern-day Beyoğlu, so the existence of this bustling place next to the Galatasaray Lycée is to be wholeheartedly celebrated. Specialisin…