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Learn more about Istanbul’s culinary scene. Our reviews answer your “where to eat, drink, and party” questions  with the best restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs in Istanbul.

TOI Executive chef and part-owner İsmet Saz learnt the ways of the kitchen under gastronomy leaders Carlo Bernardini and Gordon Ramsay. Unlike other restaurants, everything is prepared on the premises from the butter to that aged steak you’ll be eyeing. And if you don’t believe it, grab a seat at...

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Learn more about Istanbul’s culinary scene. Our reviews answer your “where to eat, drink, and party” questions  with the best restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs in Istanbul.

Istanbul is many things - old, chaotic, refreshing, calming, unnerving - but it is always romantic. And, with Valentine’s Day approaching, we want you to make the most of it. Whether you already have a significant other in your life, or you’re meeting someone for the first time, or you’re just...

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Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

Efendi The next time you want a cocktail outside the world of Old Fashioneds and Gin and Tonics, head over to Efendi. Mixologist Uğur “Dede” Tekebaş will mix something that you have surely never tasted before. Whether you are into herb-infused or sweet and light mixes, you will want to stop by the...

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Külhanbeyi

Dive into Istanbul’s nightlife scene, find the best rakı and meze as well as the best cocktails in town. With our reviews and tips you’ll know how and where to party.

If you are the 25th person to go to Külhanbeyi, they may say "We're sorry" and you'll have to find another place to drink that night. With a "first come, first served" policy and only 24 seats available, Külhanbeyi is a one-of-a-kind bar in Asmalımescit. On top of this policy, the place has no...

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TOI

Learn more about Istanbul’s culinary scene. Our reviews answer your “where to eat, drink, and party” questions  with the best restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs in Istanbul.

TOI

TOI is a place you'll visit once - and immediately wish you could come every month. Or week. And, if you're lucky enough to be one of the regular customers, you will end up doing exactly that. TOI is part-owned and run by executive chef İsmet Saz, who earned his stripes in the kitchens of icons...

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Oranges

Discover the best restaurants in Istanbul, eat with top chefs, and taste local food by learning more about Turkish cuisine and street foods.

Icy wind and snow never seem as bleak as they could do when you catch sight of a neatly arranged pile of oranges on a juice-seller’s table. Grown in the warmer coastal parts of the country, especially around İzmir, Antalya, and Adana, oranges are a welcome staple in the cold months. Because they’re...

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Learn more about Istanbul’s culinary scene. Our reviews answer your “where to eat, drink, and party” questions  with the best restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs in Istanbul.

Kadıköy and charming neighborhood Moda is filled with coffee shops. We explored the area, tried every single one of them, and picked our favorites.

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Datlı Maya

Discover the best restaurants in Istanbul, eat with top chefs, and taste local food by learning more about Turkish cuisine and street foods.

Everyone’s familiar with the upsides of eating organic. Aside from the food generally tasting better, the health benefits of eating food grown without pesticides are pretty hard to argue with. What’s even harder to argue with are the damaging effects pesticides have on soil. Of course everyone...

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Discover the best restaurants in Istanbul, eat with top chefs, and taste local food by learning more about Turkish cuisine and street foods.

Brainchild of celebrity chef Arda Türkmen and his business partners, Central has entered Nişantaşı's dining scene with the slogan 'Better Mood, Better Food, Better Music.' With a spot-on location next door to the hip Fey boutique, and outdoor seats ideal for people-watching, the place has a great...

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TOI is a place you'll visit once - and immediately wish you could come every month. Or week. And, if you're lucky enough to be one of the regular customers, you will end up doing exactly that. TOI is part-owned and run by executive chef İsmet Saz, who earned his stripes in the kitchens of icons...

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Kemankeş Caddesi is home to some of Karaköy’s most established locations, so when a new place opens up on that street it looks a bit like a strategic move. Goya’s opening didn’t go unnoticed. “Fancy,” they said. “Too upscale for Karaköy,” they said. But at the end of the day, “they” enjoyed the Ya­...

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Optimizing the popularity of his catering services and private events, Can Ünsal decided to turn the facade of his already well-known office into a restaurant. This cosy space located on one of the side streets of Reşitpaşa neighborhood is open for lunch and dinner services, and offers a short menu...

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Located on the main street of Istanbul's upscale Etiler neighborhood, The Galliard opened its doors as a fine dining establishment, offering classic dishes of Turkish, Mediterranean and international cuisines. By adding to its offer a brasserie menu, from a dinner destination the place turned to a...

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This meyhane is true to its name - it really only has seven tables ( yedi masa ), and each one is worth the wait. The mezes are delicious and while the menu features all the classics - from fava (fava bean pate) to pilaki (bean salad) - there are some specialities, such as the pomegranate and wheat...

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Gallia is a trendy restaurant, bar, and nightlife spot in the heart of upscale Nişantaşı. The brick walls, wood bar, and low lighting creating a cool atmosphere on the inside while the outdoor seating is perfect for people watching. The smooth sounds of funk and soul play through the day and into...

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Celebrity chef Arda Türkmen's signature restaurant Mükellef opened at the end of summer 2015, immediately becoming one of the popular spots in the lively, hip neighborhood of Karaköy. Besides a fine traditional menu inspired by the Turkish meyhane, with Türkmen's personal touch added to every dish...

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Plant, harvest, eat, drink ­ those words summarize (and directly translate) the name of a space that has opened this summer in Taksim. Ek Biç Ye İç is among the pioneers of the sustainability concept in Turkey. Their manifesto is reflected in the chart on the wall, where all elements of the place’s...

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With an entrance below street level, Naga Putrika (which means girl from the mountain in Hindi) is a secluded, cozy place great for weekend breakfasts. Usually all Turkish breakfast places serve serpme kahvaltı (traditional Turkish breakfast with vast choices) but this place serves six different...

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Magritte is a café perfectly suited to the neighborhood it is in - peaceful, dusty Çukurcuma. The walls and shelves house beautiful objects gathered from the antique shops of the surrounding streets, including a giant Soviet-era portrait of an unidentified Russian Communist Party leader. Magritte...

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With the “meet, eat, go” motto, Meg’s quick service became part of the place’s DNA. However, this doesn’t mean that you’re expected to leave as soon as possible -­­ the cozy location is very welcoming and makes you want to get comfortable. After the meal make sure to grab one of their delicious...

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Noon Spoon is a new breakfast/lunch venture set up by Ceylan Çarmıklı Pekun, also known as the founder of popular Istanbul-based catering company Appetist. Located just walking distance from the heart of Levent business district, the little venue is an ideal spot for a lunch break. Daily menu...

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Highly commended for being one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in Istanbul, Da Mario springs from the kitchens of Southern Italy, offering the best that Italy has from home-made pastas to wood-fire pizzas. A comprehensive wine menu compliments the delectable meals. An upscale eatery that...

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Vakko Chocolate

In 1989, Turkish fashion house Vakko produced their first line of chocolates. Not only was it very different for a fashion company to incorporate chocolate making into their production, but during the late 80s and early 90s, Turkey’s chocolate making skills had not been explored, let alone tested....

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Suvla

Suvla is a family-run wine producer and viticulture company in the Eceabat region of Çanakkale. They produce whites, rosés, blushes and reds from traditional European grapes as well as Anatolian. It should be noted, that Suvla has won several awards for their wines. That said, the company may have...

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Dondurma

Tarihi Veli Dondurmacısı opened its doors in 1927 to sell wonderful dondurma (ice cream). Today, the shop is run by the same family with the same secret techniques that make their dondurma the best of the Tarabya. The ice cream continues to fulfill the same high standards that it started with....

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Frequented by glamorous Istanbullites, Şamdan has been a classic of Istanbul nightlife since it opened almost 40 years ago. Small, cozy, and still featuring its original art-deco interior, Şamdan is always crowded on weekends. The venue features a restaurant section, which offers delicacies and...

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Emporio Armani Ristorante is an elegantly decorated restaurant that has an extensive menu featuring Italian classics, smooth music that’s conducive to enjoying a glass of wine, and an outdoor dining area ideal for drinking a glass of Scotch on the rocks and smoking a cigar (see the cigar list of...

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An Istanbul classic since 1927, Borsa restaurants serve the essentials of the Turkish kitchen in an upscale environment and provide excellent service. Borsa's Harbiye branch is located within the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center and has an extensive seating area inside and relaxed open...

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Musa Dağdeviren is the intrepid food pioneer behind the super successful Çiya. He hails from Gaziantep and has scoured Turkey and culinary hot spots further afield to find the best recipes for his eclectic repertoire of dishes. The menu changes every day, testament to the sheer scope of his...

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