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Top Choice Market in Kadıköy

Kadıköy Produce Market

An aromatic, colourful and alluring showcase of the best fresh produce in the city, the Kadıköy Pazarı is foodie central for locals and is becoming an increasingly popular destination for tourists. Equally rewarding…
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 Coffee in Kadıköy

Fazıl Bey

Making the call as to who makes the best Turkish coffee in İstanbul is no easy task, but our vote goes to Fazıl Bey, the best-loved khavehan (coffeeshop) on Serasker Caddesi. Enjoying a cup while watching the passin…
Turkish in Kadıköy

Basta Street Food Bar

Grabbing a dürüm (grilled meat in a lavash flatbread wrap) on the go in Istanbul is a quick way to refuel, but at Basta, it’s so much more. Young chefs Kaan Sakarya and Derin Arıbaş bring fine-dining training to thi…
Seafood in Kadıköy


Generally acknowledged as one of the city's best fish restaurants, Cibalikapı has two branches: one on the Golden Horn and the other here in Moda. Super-fresh mezes and seafood are enjoyed in the pleasant dining roo…
Ice Cream in Kadıköy

Meshur Dondurmacı Ali Usta

Weekend and summer-night saunters down Moda Caddesi wouldn't be the same without a cone of the dondurma (ice cream) produced by master ice-cream maker Ali Usta. There are more than 40 flavours on offer – we like the…
Sweets in Kadıköy

Baylan Pastanesi

The front window and interior of this Kadıköy cake shop, which opened in 1961, have stood the test of time and so too has its popularity. Regulars tend to order a decadent ice-cream sundae or a pile of chocolate and…
Bar in Kadıköy


A hub of indie music and art, this relaxed place hosts concerts, DJ sets, festivals, parties, themed markets and film screenings. The comfortable couches in the upstairs lounge are a great spot to while away the day…
Bar in Kadıköy

Karga Bar

Multi-storey Karga is one of the most famous bars in the city, offering cheap drinks, alternative music (DJs and live acts) and avant-garde art on its walls. It's not signed well – look for the small black bird.
Public Art in Kadıköy

Street Mural by Canavar

This mural by local street artist Canavar is in the square next to the Mopaş supermarket on Dr Esat Işık Caddesi in Moda.