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Hünkar, Nişantaşı

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.

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. Kapta Soupasta You can’t go wrong with the healthy options here, like...

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Havan'dan by Beff Gourmet

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Reşitpaşa is gaining popularity with a rash of recent new openings and Havan’dan by Beff Gourmet is the latest addition to the excitement. Decorated with bright colors and striking features like a chandelier made of kitchen whisks, this distinctive, lovely eatery is in contrast with the rest of the...

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Yeniköy Lokantası

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Combining homey food and a cozy atmosphere, Yeniköy Lokantası has recently opened as a small eatery on the second floor of a building behind Yeniköy Port. Ditch the menu and ask for the daily zeytinyağlı (olive oil) dishes. Produce comes from the Aegean region, is picked in season and preserved for...

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Nur Muhammed, Fatih - photo by Merve Göral

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.

Despite the variety of Asian cuisines on offer in Istanbul, few people have heard of the city’s only Malaysian restaurant, Nur Muhammed. This is a shame, as the restaurant boasts excellent food, a historic location, and a beautiful building.​ Nur Muhammed is located in the Karagümrük neighborhood...

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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. Whether you aready have a significant other in your life, or you’re meeting someone for the first time, or you’re just hanging out with your best friends, here are some of the most romantic...

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Soerabeol

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.

When the chilling winter winds of Istanbul blow blustery through the streets, our thoughts turn to the fiery dishes of South Korea and we head to the welcoming lights of Soerabeol. Opened earlier this year by a Korean couple, this is a restaurant that offers few frills but copious amounts of soju (...

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Quince season

Your ultimate guide to finding and tasting the flavors of Istanbul & Turkey. Learn more about seasonal and local food.

When discussing winter fruits in Turkey, quince is one of the first that come to mind. Now, it’s quince’s time to shine in all the local markets. The fruit has a unique, perfumy taste unlike any other. It is also a great immune system booster, providing you with more than 20 percent of your daily...

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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.

Picture a steep street in Istanbul’s old city, the cobbled ground and colorful wooden houses, masked by a light frosting of snow. Feathery snowflakes continue to fall, taken by the swirling wind on a merry dance, before coming to rest on warm woolen hats. Night is falling and tired workers brace...

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Küçük Kulüp Meyhane, Nişantaşı

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Topağacı is awash in great restaurant concepts, and Küçük Kulüp is the latest new resident, bringing a fresh, new meyhane perspective to the neighborhood. The sleek entrance and neatly set up tables with white tablecloths may seem upscale for a traditional tavern, but this small space manages to...

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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.

Contrary to Turkey’s postcard image of sun, sea, and sand that people know abroad, the winters here can be wet and windy. How can we preserve ourselves in these less hospitable months, when we wait for spring to emerge? There’s no need to stay at home with our helpful guide to the best places for a...

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Your ultimate guide to finding and tasting the flavors of Istanbul & Turkey. Learn more about seasonal and local food.

At this time of year, the sun-reliant vegetables of summer seem almost whimsical and underdressed. Now is the time for the hardy winter vegetable to shine. Out step the root vegetables (carrots, celeriac, Jerusalem artichoke), out too come the brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprout,...

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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.

In the wild game of business, stepping up your power lunching tactics can take you a step further. Start by impressing the other party with your choice of executive lunch spot to talk business while sipping cocktails or nibbling sushi. We’ve chosen a range of the most suitable places for lunching...

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Hazine, Cihangir

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Set on the hipster streets of Cihangir, newcomer Hazine stands out as notably more dressed up than many other places in the area. Created by Jupiter Group (the team behind Grey in Topağacı ), Hazine is a diverse space offering, as the sign at the entrance suggests, all-day dining, professionally-...

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Your ultimate guide to finding and tasting the flavors of Istanbul & Turkey. Learn more about seasonal and local food.

Wandering the thoroughfares of Istanbul, it is hard not to notice how much emphasis there is on food. Wherever you may be, there will be a bakkal - a small corner shop which offers the basics, often including a sandwich using the bread baked daily throughout the city. Then there is the büfe , with...

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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.

Come winter, the desire for a crackling fireplace paired with mulled wine and fondue suddenly comes to the fore. The good news is, you don’t need to travel to Switzerland to play out this scenario. Just head to Chalet restaurant at Swissotel the Bosphorus. Open in the cold month from December to...

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Havan'dan by Beff Gourmet

Reşitpaşa is gaining popularity with a rash of recent new openings and Havan’dan by Beff Gourmet is the latest addition to the excitement. Decorated with bright colors and striking features like a chandelier made of kitchen whisks, this distinctive, lovely eatery is in contrast with the rest of the...

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Yeniköy Lokantası

Combining homey food and a cozy atmosphere, Yeniköy Lokantası has recently opened as a small eatery on the second floor of a building behind Yeniköy Port. Ditch the menu and ask for the daily zeytinyağlı (olive oil) dishes. Produce comes from the Aegean region, is picked in season and preserved for...

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Nur Muhammed, Fatih - photo by Merve Göral

Despite the variety of Asian cuisines on offer in Istanbul, few people have heard of the city’s only Malaysian restaurant, Nur Muhammed. This is a shame, as the restaurant boasts excellent food, a historic location, and a beautiful building.​ Nur Muhammed is located in the Karagümrük neighborhood...

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Soerabeol

When the chilling winter winds of Istanbul blow blustery through the streets, our thoughts turn to the fiery dishes of South Korea and we head to the welcoming lights of Soerabeol. Opened earlier this year by a Korean couple, this is a restaurant that offers few frills but copious amounts of soju (...

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Küçük Kulüp Meyhane, Nişantaşı

Topağacı is awash in great restaurant concepts, and Küçük Kulüp is the latest new resident, bringing a fresh, new meyhane perspective to the neighborhood. The sleek entrance and neatly set up tables with white tablecloths may seem upscale for a traditional tavern, but this small space manages to...

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Hazine, Cihangir

Set on the hipster streets of Cihangir, newcomer Hazine stands out as notably more dressed up than many other places in the area. Created by Jupiter Group (the team behind Grey in Topağacı ), Hazine is a diverse space offering, as the sign at the entrance suggests, all-day dining, professionally-...

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Come winter, the desire for a crackling fireplace paired with mulled wine and fondue suddenly comes to the fore. The good news is, you don’t need to travel to Switzerland to play out this scenario. Just head to Chalet restaurant at Swissotel the Bosphorus. Open in the cold month from December to...

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With a superb view of the Bosphorus, this fine dining venue has a stylish, minimalist interior with floor to ceiling windows. The bar and lounge is designed by Koray Özgen who took inspiration from the eponymous "topaz" stone for his decor, which is largely geometrical and makes the most of the all...

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Room + Rumours, Nişantaşı, photo by Merve Göral

Since 2013, Room has been Istanbul’s fashion mecca for the trend-savvy. In November 2016, this concept store/showroom moved to a new location designed not only for shopping, but also as an “it” crowd hang out, proving once again that Room’s founders, Deniz Marşan and Başak Dizer Tatlıtuğ, are...

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İpek Hanım Çiftliği, Balmumcu - Göktürk, photo by Merve Göral

Filling the kitchen with healthy, organic food can sometimes be a trying experience. We live in an age where ingredient lists are a mile long and dubious organic tags at the supermarket can leave consumers confused. Both the story and purpose of İpek Hanım Çiftliği aim to put an end to these...

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Inari Sushi & Omakase, Kuruçeşme - photo by Merve Göral

After a short pause in service caused by restaurant renovation, Inari Sushi, the popular Japanese eatery on Kuruçeşme’s main street, is back in business. Revamped interiors bring a long-awaited breath of fresh air to the space, making it bright and welcoming at all times of the day. The most...

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Kiss the Frog, Rumelihisarı - photo by Merve Göral

In Istanbul, if a restaurant can make it through an entire season of operations, chances are it’s here to stay. We believe this is the case with Rumeli Hisarı’s Kiss the Frog. After a dose of initial scepticism following its opening more than a year ago, we decided to give it a try when it could no...

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Cross Fingers, Bomonti

Formally a food truck roaming the city on four wheels, Cross Fingers is the group’s first permanent address in Bomonti, overlooking the square where Feriköy Organic Market sets up on Saturday mornings. Though no longer on the move, they still serve up the same unpretentious, well-priced and filling...

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Ever wondered what it would be like to combine home cooking with a meyhane's relaxed atmosphere? The mother-son duo behind Nuran restaurant obviously did. The newest addition to Karaköy's dining scene might be just what Istanbul needed these days: an unpretentious and cozy eatery that serves good...

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Semeni, Reşitpaşa - photo by Merve Göral

Foodies who love testing new international cuisines are sure to become regulars at Azerbaijani restaurant, Semeni. Located on a steep street of Reşitpaşa, this venue may be out of the way for many Istanbulites, but the food is worth the trip.​ There is no menu here. Instead, owner Nevra Aray...

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Neolokal is the venture by chef Maksut Aşkar, housed inside Salt Galata. The restaurant is accessed from the smart wooden stairway just in front of the gallery bookshop and open kitchen. You arrive through a gap in the floor that reveals a light and spacious loft space, with beautiful views of...

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Chef Mezze, Gümüşsuyu

There is something thrilling about eating fresh meze on top of the world, the taste of the sea on your table, while views stretch out towards the Bosphorus and Istanbul lights wink on the horizon. Set on the terrace of the Opera hotel, Chef Mezze is a celebration of meyhane culture, delivered with...

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Capricorn Restaurant, Ortaköy - photo by Merve Göral

After Zuma left its well-known spot on Istanbul’s waterfront, many wondered if the existing space would be put to good use again. Nearly one year later, Capricorn welcomes Istanbul revelers to the very same place. The Mediterranean-inspired seafood restaurant has adopted the existing space better...

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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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Colonie is the restaurant/bar venture from the owners of Çırağan’s fine dining Topaz restaurant. In keeping with the rejuvenated creative neighborhood of this venue, the industrial-chic atmosphere of the restaurant echoes the rapidly gentrifying port area around it. The concrete floors, gray-washed...

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