No doubt about it, now is the perfect season to be sipping a steaming bowl of hot soup. Luckily for us, Istanbul is full of diverse, stomach-warming options to bolster our souls against the cold. Here are a few of our favorites.
You can’t go wrong with the healthy options here, like leek with ginger or hearty tomato. With four locations on the European side of the city (Maslak, Bebek, İstinye and Nişantaşı) you have ample chance to order delivery or pop in for a fuel-up. Check www.kapta.com.tr for all locations .
Chicken soup uplifts even the most chilled of spirits. Fıccın, known for Circassian specialties, gives the iconic cure-all extra attention, long-cooked morsels of fowl swimming in a broth fragrant with garlic and spices. İstiklal Caddesi, Kallavi Sokak No.13/1, Beyoğlu; T: (0212) 243 83 53
Karaköy Çorba Evi
This hole-in-the-wall is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, dishing up daily soups that change with the weather and seasons. Of the eight to 10 usually on display, we’re particularly fond of the black cabbage and tarhana. Mumhane Caddesi No.35/A, Karaköy; T: 0531 637 85 17
Starting 6.30pm every Wednesday (or Thursday depending), Union Pacific hosts a pho night showcasing the traditional Vietnamese noodle soup with herb-spiked broth, rice noodles and slices of meat. Şah Değirmeni Sokak No. 6/A, Beyoğlu; T: (0212) 252 72 74. Check facebook.com/unionpacific.co for updates.
With three soups generally on offer, this classic tradesman restaurant is a true refuge for a cold night. Order yayla çorbası (warm yogurt soup with greens) or paça çorbası (lamb leg soup). Mim Kemal Öke Caddesi No.21/1 Nişantaşı; T: (0212) 225 46 65
This well-known seafood restaurant serves silky fish soup that tastes seductively of the sea and will have you asking for more. Takanik’s fresh catch still comes directly from Sarıyer, and you can taste the difference. Locations in Yeniköy and Arnavutköy. Visit www.takanik.com.tr for locations.
Commonly known for mantı, Tazele also whips up a mean lentil soup. The ubiquitous concoction is elevated to new heights, with its smooth texture, rich flavor, and meaty undertones. Kanyon Shopping Mall, Büyükdere Caddesi No. 185, Levent; T: (0212) 353 50 51