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Mittag, Reşitpaşa

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.

The city’s gentrifying neighborhood of Reşitpaşa is slowly evolving, and Mittag is one of the coolest restaurants to emerge so far. After working at one of Istanbul’s most highly-lauded restaurants, Mikla, MSA-alumni Fatma Yıldırım decided to open up her own place and that’s how Mittag arrived on...

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8 Fingers, Buddha Bowl Breakfast

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.

One of the joys of wandering through Beyoğlu is the wealth of little shops and cafes tucked into unexpected corners. Located just opposite an Ottoman fountain on Kazancı Yokuşu, the bite-sized 8 Fingers Coffee & Street Food Bar is one of these discoveries. As the name suggests, this venue is...

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Kase No. 16, Teşvikiye - 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.

Teşvikiye is home to a slew of hip restaurants and Kase No. 16 is no exception. This compact, charming spot is built around a bowl concept (hence the name, kase ). Embellished with large and small, colorful bowls, the champagne colored wall catches your attention as soon as you enter from the glass...

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Eataly home catering

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

There are special occasions at home, and there are special occasions that need extra pomp and circumstance. If one desires some extra culinary zazz (or if you’d like to stay out of the kitchen), it’s worthwhile giving Eataly a call. The expert chefs there know how to throw a good party, and are...

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Tamirane, Maslak - 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.

Set inside the grounds of UNIQ Istanbul, Tamirane is a familiar name for Istanbulites from its previous location at Santral Istanbul. The name of the restaurant translates as repair shop and relevantly the venue aims to restore its customers with good food and music. Whether you’re at UNIQ for an...

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Socrates Bistro, Teşvikiye - 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.

Melding food you might find at a sports bar with an elevated cocktail concept, Socrates Bistro brings together two worlds and gives them both heft. Start the evening sipping an powerful Aqua Vitae, a mingling of infused whiskey, elderflower and barrel-aged bitters, or a pretty Meine, made of...

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Dehli Darbar

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.

Indian cuisine varies significantly from province to province and yet restaurants tend to lump it into a “greatest hits” hodge podge. Not so at Delhi Darbar. The kitchen here is full of cooks intent on recreating their native Punjabi cuisine. This rich culinary region straddles northern India and...

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Neolokal

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

Every year The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy releases a list of excellent eateries around the world. The academy included Mehmet Gürs’ Mikla in the list’s extended version, and now they have included a second Turkish restaurant for another list: Neolokal, in this month’s edition of the...

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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.

The country gave its name to Turkish coffee, but don’t be surprised to see more people sipping tea. Turkey has the highest tea consumption in the world, at an average of 6.96 pounds per person every year – while the famously tea-loving British drink only a measly 4.28 pounds. So it’s clear that the...

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Long Bar, Raffles Istanbul - 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.

Offering the exact atmosphere needed for a night of fun with friends, Long Bar gets its name from the iconic bar of Raffles Hotel in Singapore, where once Hemingway and Hitchcock stayed. The sleek interiors of the spacious bar create a modern, luxurious setting. Sit in the armchairs in front of the...

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BunCo, Teşvikiye

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.

SushiCo group has opened a spot in Teşvikiye called BunCo, offering a short menu of stuffed steamed buns. Originally a tradition found in Chinese cuisine, they are now officially a global mini-sandwich trend - and what diners find at Bunco are far from the original Asian iteration. However, they’ll...

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Kiss the Frog, Rumelihisarı - 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.

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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Thrace Vineyards

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.

Thrace grapes for beginners Karasakız and kınalı yapıncak are the two local grapes in Suvla’s repertoire. The first one lends itself to delicate red and rosé varieties, which have become the company’s signatures. The latter is a white grape with reddish freckles. The name became famous after iconic...

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Pattis, Kadıköy

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Not everyone is an early riser, but most people want a decent breakfast for their first meal of the day – and some could do breakfast any time of day. Pattis welcomes all with its rich menu. A hashtag explains it all, #breakfasteverymeal. The spot is far from the crowds, yet quite centrally located...

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Meze, photo by Merve Göral

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A beginner’s guide to meyhane: meze By now, you know a meyhane is a crucial part of Turkish nightlife and you want to try one out. But what to do about that glass display counter filled with a kaleidoscope of dishes that the waiters keep pointing you towards? They’re sure to be packed with meze –...

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Mittag, Reşitpaşa

The city’s gentrifying neighborhood of Reşitpaşa is slowly evolving, and Mittag is one of the coolest restaurants to emerge so far. After working at one of Istanbul’s most highly-lauded restaurants, Mikla, MSA-alumni Fatma Yıldırım decided to open up her own place and that’s how Mittag arrived on...

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8 Fingers, Buddha Bowl Breakfast

One of the joys of wandering through Beyoğlu is the wealth of little shops and cafes tucked into unexpected corners. Located just opposite an Ottoman fountain on Kazancı Yokuşu, the bite-sized 8 Fingers Coffee & Street Food Bar is one of these discoveries. As the name suggests, this venue is...

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Kase No. 16, Teşvikiye - photo by Merve Göral

Teşvikiye is home to a slew of hip restaurants and Kase No. 16 is no exception. This compact, charming spot is built around a bowl concept (hence the name, kase ). Embellished with large and small, colorful bowls, the champagne colored wall catches your attention as soon as you enter from the glass...

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Tamirane, Maslak - photo by Merve Göral

Set inside the grounds of UNIQ Istanbul, Tamirane is a familiar name for Istanbulites from its previous location at Santral Istanbul. The name of the restaurant translates as repair shop and relevantly the venue aims to restore its customers with good food and music. Whether you’re at UNIQ for an...

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Socrates Bistro, Teşvikiye - photo by Merve Göral

Melding food you might find at a sports bar with an elevated cocktail concept, Socrates Bistro brings together two worlds and gives them both heft. Start the evening sipping an powerful Aqua Vitae, a mingling of infused whiskey, elderflower and barrel-aged bitters, or a pretty Meine, made of...

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Dehli Darbar

Indian cuisine varies significantly from province to province and yet restaurants tend to lump it into a “greatest hits” hodge podge. Not so at Delhi Darbar. The kitchen here is full of cooks intent on recreating their native Punjabi cuisine. This rich culinary region straddles northern India and...

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Long Bar, Raffles Istanbul - photo by Merve Göral

Offering the exact atmosphere needed for a night of fun with friends, Long Bar gets its name from the iconic bar of Raffles Hotel in Singapore, where once Hemingway and Hitchcock stayed. The sleek interiors of the spacious bar create a modern, luxurious setting. Sit in the armchairs in front of the...

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BunCo, Teşvikiye

SushiCo group has opened a spot in Teşvikiye called BunCo, offering a short menu of stuffed steamed buns. Originally a tradition found in Chinese cuisine, they are now officially a global mini-sandwich trend - and what diners find at Bunco are far from the original Asian iteration. However, they’ll...

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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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Pattis, Kadıköy

Not everyone is an early riser, but most people want a decent breakfast for their first meal of the day – and some could do breakfast any time of day. Pattis welcomes all with its rich menu. A hashtag explains it all, #breakfasteverymeal. The spot is far from the crowds, yet quite centrally located...

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Union Pacific, Galata

From the outside, it looks like many of the other slick cafes that dot the area. But Union Pacific is making waves in Galata. Inside the hip space, you’ll find something akin to an F&B creative space. On the walls are a range of Asian ingredients like chili sauces and noodles. In the racks are...

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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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