The Bosphorus Strait restaurants

Cafe in The Bosphorus Strait


The Bosphorus branch of this popular chain has an expansive and comfortable terrace overlooking the water. It's known for all-day breakfasts and its huge range of sweet treats – we recommend a simit (sesame-encruste…
Seafood in The Bosphorus Strait


Named after a species of freshwater whitefish, this large and often boisterous restaurant has been serving excellent seafood to locals since the 1960s and remains popular with many of the city's movers and shakers. …
Italian in The Bosphorus Strait

Antica Locanda

Milanese-born chef Gian Carlo Talerico and his Turkish wife Beldan Erkkul converted this former residence of the Aya Strati Taksiarhi Greek Orthodox Church complex into an elegant trattoria in 2011. They keep a loya…
Turkish in The Bosphorus Strait

Sade Kahve

Seats on the outdoor terrace are hotly contested on sunny weekends at this İstanbul institution, where the all-day breakfasts are both cheap and tasty.
Modern Turkish in The Bosphorus Strait


Set in a restored 19th-century rakı distillery (suma is a Turkish word meaning 'unadulterated spirit'), this stylish restaurant is attached to the luxury Sumahan on the Water hotel and has a stunning waterside locat…
International in The Bosphorus Strait


Enjoying brunch in Rumeli Hisarı is a popular local pastime, so this newcomer to the main drag has no problems filling its 300-odd seats on weekends. The huge terrace (glassed-in during the winter months) with its B…
Cafe in The Bosphorus Strait

Hıdiv Kasrı Garden Cafe

Occupying the conservatory and garden terrace of art nouveau villa Hıdiv Kasrı, this cafe is an excellent choice on a sunny day. A toasted sandwich and/or cake is the most popular choice, but there are burgers, past…
Turkish in The Bosphorus Strait

Hıdiv Kasrı Restaurant

The menu of Turkish standards in the restaurant at art nouveau villa Hıdiv Kasrı is enlivened by a few Ottoman Palace–inspired dishes. You'll dine in the handsome wood-panelled restaurant on the ground floor.
Cafe in The Bosphorus Strait

Rumeli Kale Cafe

Known for its breakfasts – we recommend the surpme kahvaltı (surprise breakfast) – this is also a popular choice for a pide lunch or a çay.