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Moro, 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.

A slew of recent openings on Ahmet Fetgari Sokak in Teşvikiye have turned the area into a dining destination, from the open-buffet breakfast at Plus Kitchen to Turkish homestyle dinners at Doğaya Dönüş Bistro . Now you also have Moro, a place to gather your friends around a table packed with savory...

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Figs

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

Walk down nearly any small street in Istanbul, and a distinct sweet and heady perfume wafts through the late summer afternoons. Hooray! Figs have arrived. Though the dried renditions are available year-round, there’s nothing quite like biting into a fresh, perfectly ripe fig. It’s honeyed fragrance...

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Bankalar Lokantası, Istanbul

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.

A nation’s language is a deeper part of its identity than superficial changes in art, music, or fashion. Another cultural constant is food, recipes passed down from generation to generation. So why do Istanbul’s eateries describe themselves with French loanwords such as büfe and restoran – what...

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Kropka, Kadıköy

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.

Coffee shops don’t always encourage one to linger when you’re hoping to work, or just want a comfortable spot to read a book. Here are our picks for the best spots to sip a cup of Joe and spend time getting down to business. Tea or Coffee Located in the heart of Cihangir, Tea or Coffee lives up to...

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Aubergines eggplant season in Istanbul

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

The family name of the eggplant species bodes ominously for a fruit that much of the nation chows down on weekly. Part of the nightshades family, also referred to as deadly nightshades, the plant was shunned when it arrived in Europe from Asia, thought to be poisonous due to its bright colors. In...

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No Fish Today, 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.

Lively street of Nişantaşı, Atiye Sokak houses many great restaurants and has been a local favorite since the dawn of time. No Fish Today is just the kind of place, which elevates the overall energy of the street. Brainchild of the owners of upstairs neighbor The House Café, No Fish Today is a café...

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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.

Summer is in high gear, which means as many meals as possible should be enjoyed with sparkling views of the water and breezes kissing the nape of our necks. Here are a handful of favorite spots to enjoy Istanbul’s epic straits and seas. Aqua Contemporary Italian cuisine served on a relaxed,...

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Karletto

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.

Pop-ups are an Istanbul thing. Since location is key to success in the city, many experiment with new concepts and ideas before making the leap to brick-and-mortar spots. So has renowned chef Carlo Bernardini embraced this movement by taking over the rooftop of Vault Karaköy hotel and turning it...

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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.

Ahali can be defined as “a group of people who share no common qualities aside from being in the same place” in Turkish. That’s what Ahali 279 is all about. Here, you’ll find one long table down the middle, meant to bring together a group of strangers, compelling them to share the experience of...

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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.

On the historic side of the Golden Horn, in Balat, is Balat Sahil Restoran . It has been open for 23 years and its owner’s family emigrated from the Black Sea town of İnebolu, renowned for its various produce and local dishes. As residents of Balat, which has been home to many immigrants from many...

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Ouzo Roof Restaurant, Kalamış

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 moment you step into Ouzo Roof Restaurant, you’ll be mesmerized by the Marmara Sea view – especially if the sun is about to say its goodbye. You’ll feel like you are in a coastal town in İzmir or on a Greek island when you sip your rakı or ouzo with that kind of view. But you cannot simply...

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Ali Ocakbaşı, Gümüşsuyu

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.

Ali Ocakbaşı’s new location in Gümüşsuyu may just be the perfect way to try ocakbaşı (traditional Turkish grill restaurant) culture. This branch with an eye-catching Bosphorus view is the new addition to the chain, after having successfully operated in Karaköy for three years and over a year in...

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Efruz, Taksim - meyhane

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When we walked in to Efruz, at the top of a hotel in Cihangir, the maitre d’ told us, “We’ve got you the table in the corner, with a good view, so you can enjoy your first time in Istanbul.” Never mind that this is nobody’s first time - his attitude in itself is a surefire way to please a guest....

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Fava beans, bakla

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Fava beans are one of the oldest documented foods in history. Their remains have been found in the earliest human settlements, remnants even being found in Egyptian tombs. These bright green, creamy-tasting morsels are well worth all the effort you have to put into freeing them from their shells,...

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Tangala Goat Farm

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

If you’ve heard that eating cheese before bedtime causes vivid dreams, you may want to consider those of a remarkable woman called Buket Ulukut. This artisan cheese aficionado and dynamic thirty-something owner of Tangala Goat Farm was so inspired by cheese, it’s taken her on a mission half way up...

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Moro, Nişantaşı

A slew of recent openings on Ahmet Fetgari Sokak in Teşvikiye have turned the area into a dining destination, from the open-buffet breakfast at Plus Kitchen to Turkish homestyle dinners at Doğaya Dönüş Bistro . Now you also have Moro, a place to gather your friends around a table packed with savory...

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No Fish Today, Nişantaşı

Lively street of Nişantaşı, Atiye Sokak houses many great restaurants and has been a local favorite since the dawn of time. No Fish Today is just the kind of place, which elevates the overall energy of the street. Brainchild of the owners of upstairs neighbor The House Café, No Fish Today is a café...

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Karletto

Pop-ups are an Istanbul thing. Since location is key to success in the city, many experiment with new concepts and ideas before making the leap to brick-and-mortar spots. So has renowned chef Carlo Bernardini embraced this movement by taking over the rooftop of Vault Karaköy hotel and turning it...

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Ahali can be defined as “a group of people who share no common qualities aside from being in the same place” in Turkish. That’s what Ahali 279 is all about. Here, you’ll find one long table down the middle, meant to bring together a group of strangers, compelling them to share the experience of...

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Ouzo Roof Restaurant, Kalamış

The moment you step into Ouzo Roof Restaurant, you’ll be mesmerized by the Marmara Sea view – especially if the sun is about to say its goodbye. You’ll feel like you are in a coastal town in İzmir or on a Greek island when you sip your rakı or ouzo with that kind of view. But you cannot simply...

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Ali Ocakbaşı, Gümüşsuyu

Ali Ocakbaşı’s new location in Gümüşsuyu may just be the perfect way to try ocakbaşı (traditional Turkish grill restaurant) culture. This branch with an eye-catching Bosphorus view is the new addition to the chain, after having successfully operated in Karaköy for three years and over a year in...

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Efruz, Taksim - meyhane

When we walked in to Efruz, at the top of a hotel in Cihangir, the maitre d’ told us, “We’ve got you the table in the corner, with a good view, so you can enjoy your first time in Istanbul.” Never mind that this is nobody’s first time - his attitude in itself is a surefire way to please a guest....

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Basta! Street Food Bar, Kadıköy

Basta! takes haute cuisine down to street level. Nicole Restaurant’s former chef Kaan Sakarya, along with chef Derin Arıbaş, opened the street food joint in Kadıköy late April. In a busy area with a short menu, Basta! is sure to get people talking with its mix of fine flavors and simple...

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Feriye Palace

Dining right by the Bosphorus is a privilege. Where in world can you have two continents lay in front of you so breathtakingly? There are only a handful of options to eat with the view just like emperors did ages ago and Feriye Palace has just become our latest favorite with its new menu and design...

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Mari, Beyoğlu - Meyhane

In late 2015, a restaurant opened relatively quietly in the heart of Beyoğlu. It’s called Mari. The creators, as it turns out, used to operate the kitchen of Istanbul’s beloved Mekan. So, with famed members of the city’s culinary scene, a great location just off Istiklal, and of course great food,...

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La Patisserie Lune, Nişantaşı

Can having tea-time and desserts in style be wrong? Of course not. And La Patisserie Lune in Nişantaşı makes it possible. This cute little bakery and teahouse makes 5 o’clock peaceful and elegant. Decorated with vibrant colors, the cafe lifts your spirits as soon as you step in. While it may look...

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Cutie Cake Co, Arnavutköy

Tuğana Okan is channeling her passion for the art of pastry through Cutie Cake Co., a little shop in Arnavutköy. The moment you step inside, you realize that there couldn’t be any other color palette than the bright pastels she has chosen. Later, when you take a look at the display cabinet full of...

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Lütfiye, Çiftehavuzlar

Since the early days of the Turkish Republic, lutfiye
 has been producing jams, marmalades, and Turkish delights in Amasra. The family behind the brand has kept the traditional production process, generation after generation. Fruits picked by locals in Amasra prepared with these historical recipes...

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Lokanta Armut, photo by Merve Göral

Lokanta Armut has been on The Guide Istanbul’s must-visit list for a while — never quite on the way, therefore always getting pushed down the priority list. Upon visiting, the place has instantly become one of our favorite spots in the city. If we had known what to expect from this detour, we would...

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Kilimanjaro, photo by Merve Göral

Bomontiada is fast becoming an oasis of creative calm in the city. Probably one of its best features is Kilimanjaro, opened in January 2016. The restaurant’s concept comes from a jazz club the owners once visited, and as far as we’re concerned they’ve pulled off that sense of laid-back cool. With...

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Dear Mom, photo by Merve Göral

Topağacı has increased its popularity with a flurry of recently-opened hip places. That these places are right in the middle of the residential neighborhood shows how easy it can be to get to good cocktails and quality food. Dear Mom is one of these new spots, and its warming decoration is in...

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Grey

It’s hard for new places to stick, in this city - Istanbul’s eating and drinking crowd seek constant innovation and have exacting standards, and many new places open up their doors only to shut them again soon after. But if a place is full to the brim and on everybody’s lips from the moment it...

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A new third-wave coffee spot in Fenerbahçe, with an expert’s flair for coffee-making. Plethora of Coffee has outside seating, and it’s close to the Fenerbahçe coastline - perfect for a take-away or a quick stop while you walk along by the water. If it's a cold day, try theit hot chocolate. It's...

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Avlu Ocakbaşı

Almost every Istanbulite has their favorite ocakbaşı , a traditional restaurant where an open grill takes center stage. If you are wondering what makes Avlu Ocakbaşı stand out so much that within just a year it has became one of the most popular meeting places in the city, their recipe for success...

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Zaika, Indian - photo by Merve Göral

Istanbul might be called a cosmopolitan city by many, 
but in terms of the variety of international foods and flavors, especially those of Indian cuisine, the city has long faced 
a serious deficit. Here at The Guide Istanbul we welcomed 
the opening of Zaika at the Wyndham Old City with a bit 
of...

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