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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.

While the fasters refrain from all worldly pleasures from dawn until dusk during Ramadan, come iftar vaktı (time to break the fast), the tables are adorned with foodstuffs to quench the day’s thirst and hunger and keep the fasters going for yet another day. Here’s our list of top 7 foods to eat at...

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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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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

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 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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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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Fava beans, bakla

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.

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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Basta! Street Food Bar, 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.

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

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.

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

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 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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Kilimanjaro With the majority of their ingredients coming from neighboring Feriköy Organic Market, the main focus of Kilimanjaro is clean and local flavors. The restaurant is great for groups with a menu full of sharing options like their shrimp mantı (small dumplings) starter or whole baked...

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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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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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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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Hudson table

Arnavutköy has become host to more than just fish restaurants recently, with new places popping up on every corner. It’s not the next Karaköy (and maybe that’s a good thing) but it’s definitely gathering its own faithful crowd thanks to places like Hudson. The latest addition to the cool kids’ club...

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TOI
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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Zaitouneoğlu

Zaitouneoğlu hails from the Syrian capital of Damascus, or Ash-Sham as it is known in Arabic. Situated on a street of mostly Syrian cafés and restaurants near Aksaray, the shop serves an array of sweet specialties and refreshments particular to Damascus. Along with Syrian kinds of baklava,...

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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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