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Hazine, Cihangir

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 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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Kardeşim Mantı, Emirgan - photo by Merve Göral

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

Dating back to the time Turks lived mostly in Central Asia, mantı has long been a staple food in Turkish cuisine. It’s the dish that makes the family gather around the dining table. It’s the dish that you order in when you get midnight food cravings. To a non-Turkish person, mantı can be defined as...

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Cured Palamut recipe, 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.

While the culinary scene of Istanbul has developed in waves of new openings and exciting flavors, the restaurant world still chiefly remains the domain of men. But this is changing. We interviewed five fascinating women chefs and talked to them about their journeys through the kitchen and business...

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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.

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

Discover Istanbul’s gourmet boutiques, speciality shops, and Turkish designers. Learn about Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar, and the city’s largest shopping malls.

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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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.

There is no dull moment in Maksut Aşkar’s bio. He tends to keep himself very busy, and it might come as a surprise that the young-looking, backpack-equipped spirit (as he’s often seen charging around town) is actually celebrating 22 years in the industry this year. Having witnessed the change in...

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Upper Crust, 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.

Whether you’re new to the city, or new to the vegan dieting scene and don’t know where to find vegan products in Istanbul, take a peek at our Istanbul vegan tips below.​ In addition to vegetarian and vegan offerings, also need them to be gluten-free and raw? At Bi Nevi Deli , no one gets left out....

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Eşşekhelvası, photo by Merve Göral

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

Foraging and eating wild greens has long played a part in Mediterranean culture and cuisine. It’s said that in the Turkish Aegean region though, the use of ege otlari (Aegean wild greens) was massively influenced by the Cretan Turks who returned to Turkey in 1923 with such a strong love of these...

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İpek Hanım Çiftliği, Balmumcu - Göktürk, 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.

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

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.

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

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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Vanesserie Catering

Discover Istanbul’s gourmet boutiques, speciality shops, and Turkish designers. Learn about Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar, and the city’s largest shopping malls.

The fall and winter seasons are chock-full of special occasions: weddings, big dinners, holidays, company events and more. The last thing that should be on your mind is what's in the oven. Whether you want dainty finger food or full-course dinners, Turkish homecooking or fine Italian cuisine, here'...

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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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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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Chef Maksut Aşkar and his team at Neolokal have dreamed up a “ Timeless Classics " menu to help The Guide Istanbul celebrate 25 years in the city. This series of dishes pays homage to the city’s past and present, reflecting deep Turkish roots and modern mindset. Neolokal is the venture by chef...

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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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Burgerhood, Nişantaşı - photo by Merve Göral

“Original taste for real burger lovers” is a motto that promises much, and Teşvikiye’s new burger joint delivers on its adage. First off, Burgerhood fits right into current local food trends. All cuts of meat are chosen from quality, local butcher shops, prepared and seasoned in-house to avoid...

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Flekk, Beyoğlu - photo by Merve Göral

Located on the hill running from Galatasaray to Tophane, the small and cozy Flekk makes up for its size with kitchen creativity. The casual atmosphere, fresh takes on Turkish cuisine, and a well-stocked drinks menu will make this a popular spot with the younger crowd from Cihangir or Karaköy. Meze...

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Palomar, Karaköy

Hidden within many of the old financial buildings shadowing the sidewalks of Bankalar Caddesi are a population of bars and restaurants set far above the street; far from belching cars and exposed to those most precious of ocean breezes. Perhaps the most unobtrusive of these is housed in The Purl...

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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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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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