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Karaköy Lokantası

Known for its gorgeous tiled interior, genial owner and bustling vibe, Karaköy Lokantası serves tasty and well-priced food to its loyal local clientele. It functions as a lokanta (eatery serving ready-made food) du…
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…
Turkish in Bazaar District

Havuzlu Restaurant

After a morning spent in the Grand Bazaar, many visitors choose to park their shopping bags at this well-known lokanta. A lovely space with a vaulted ceiling, Havuzlu (named after the small fountain at its entrance)…
Turkish in Beyoğlu

Sofyalı 9

Tables at this meyhane are hot property on a Friday or Saturday night, when locals flock here to enjoy the tasty food and convivial atmosphere. Regulars tend to stick to mezes, choosing cold dishes from the waiter's…
Turkish in Beyoğlu

Helvetia Lokanta

This tiny lokanta with its open kitchen is popular with locals, who head here to enjoy the freshly prepared, vegetarian-friendly fare. Choose up to five of the home-style dishes for your plate and enjoy them in the …
Turkish in Sultanahmet & Around

Sefa Restaurant

Describing its cuisine as Ottoman, this popular place offers hazır yemek (ready-made dishes) and kebaps at reasonable prices. You can order from an English menu, but at busy times you may find it easier to just pick…
Turkish in Bazaar District

Kuru Fasülyeci Erzincanlı Ali Baba

Join the crowds of hungry locals at this long-time fasülyeci (restaurant specialising in beans) opposite the Süleymaniye Mosque. It's been dishing up its signature kuru fasülye (white beans cooked in a spicy tomato …
Turkish in Beyoğlu


This neighbourhood meyhane (tavern) has a friendly feel and simple but stylish decor. Reservations are a must if you want one of the four tables on the terrace, which have an unimpeded Bosphorus view. There's occasi…
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Hatay Haskral Sofrası

In 'Little Syria', this huge place offers a variety of hummus choices, plenty of salads and a large range of tasty kebaps. No alcohol.
Turkish in Bazaar District

Bahar Restaurant

Tiny Bahar ('Spring') is popular with local shopkeepers and is always full, so arrive early to score a table. Dishes change daily and with the season – try the flavourful soups and tasty meat dishes. No alcohol.