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Basta! Street Food Bar, Kadıköy

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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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Kilimanjaro, photo by Merve Göral

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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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Balık Ekmek, photo by Merve Göral

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Balık ekmek is a ubiquitous “ must-eat ” food in any tourist-oriented feature on Istanbul. Even for the casual visitor glancing at a guidebook, the “fish sandwich” is nearly impossible to overlook. Simply constructed of grilled whitefish with raw onions and lettuce sandwiched in a half-loaf of...

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Beerhall, photo by Merve Göral

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.

In Akaretler, you wouldn’t expect a place dedicated only to beer – and Beer Hall really is dedicated, even serving cocktails prepared with beer. Yet, it has become so popular that you may not find a table to sit or even a barstool to stand near after work hours on weekdays and weekends and, well,...

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Dede - Efendi, photo by Merve Göral

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From the mysterious Kulhanbeyi's cheerful bartender Kevin Patnode to Efendi Topağacı's "Dede", we rounded up the best bartenders in Istanbul.

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Artichoke, photo by Merve Göral

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Around this time of year in Istanbul, artichokes are a common sight outside greengrocers and other stores, usually stripped of all their outer layers, bobbing naked in buckets of water, drops of lemon preventing them from discoloring. Whilst in other countries it may be usual to purchase them whole...

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Dear Mom, photo by Merve Göral

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.

Alexandra Alexandra may be a new addition to Arnavutköy’s trendy scene, but it is informed by some of the city’s experts like Finn Karaköy or Twins Cocktail Labs. While the menu only has nine drinks on it, the kinds of cocktail creations are often at the whim of the bartender. That is, depending on...

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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.

Vue Lounge & Bar at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Ataköy serves staple dishes of Peruvian cuisine.

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Eşşekhelvası, photo by Merve Göral

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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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Kilimanjaro, photo by Merve Göral

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

Yasu Baba Köfte Salonu is a small, simple restaurant that is exactly what it claims to be: a köfte (grilled meatball) place. This an unexpected venture of Ferit Sarper, the gastro-entrepreneur behind the swanky restobars Münferit and Gaspar . Unlike those eateries in Beyoğlu, Yasu Baba is north of...

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Dear Mom, 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.

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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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 splash of Italian flair in the middle of the city, Cortiletto Pizzeria and Bar is a cozy little place in Teşvikiye. With a small entrance and narrow facade, it is easy to miss this place. But as the Italian name suggests - cortiletto means courtyard - the highlight of Cortiletto is its backyard....

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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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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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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 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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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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Arnavutköy may once have counted as a sleepy village on the outskirts of the city, but those days are long gone. The picturesque seaside neighborhood’s wooden mansions now harbor upscale fish restaurants, and it was only a matter of time before cocktail bars got into the mix as well (no pun...

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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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This meyhane is true to its name - it really only has seven tables ( yedi masa ), and each one is worth the wait. The mezes are delicious and while the menu features all the classics - from fava (fava bean pate) to pilaki (bean salad) - there are some specialities, such as the pomegranate and wheat...

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Gallia is a trendy restaurant, bar, and nightlife spot in the heart of upscale Nişantaşı. The brick walls, wood bar, and low lighting creating a cool atmosphere on the inside while the outdoor seating is perfect for people watching. The smooth sounds of funk and soul play through the day and into...

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Celebrity chef Arda Türkmen's signature restaurant Mükellef opened at the end of summer 2015, immediately becoming one of the popular spots in the lively, hip neighborhood of Karaköy. Besides a fine traditional menu inspired by the Turkish meyhane, with Türkmen's personal touch added to every dish...

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Magritte is a café perfectly suited to the neighborhood it is in - peaceful, dusty Çukurcuma. The walls and shelves house beautiful objects gathered from the antique shops of the surrounding streets, including a giant Soviet-era portrait of an unidentified Russian Communist Party leader. Magritte...

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Plant, harvest, eat, drink ­ those words summarize (and directly translate) the name of a space that has opened this summer in Taksim. Ek Biç Ye İç is among the pioneers of the sustainability concept in Turkey. Their manifesto is reflected in the chart on the wall, where all elements of the place’s...

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With an entrance below street level, Naga Putrika (which means girl from the mountain in Hindi) is a secluded, cozy place great for weekend breakfasts. Usually all Turkish breakfast places serve serpme kahvaltı (traditional Turkish breakfast with vast choices) but this place serves six different...

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With the “meet, eat, go” motto, Meg’s quick service became part of the place’s DNA. However, this doesn’t mean that you’re expected to leave as soon as possible -­­ the cozy location is very welcoming and makes you want to get comfortable. After the meal make sure to grab one of their delicious...

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Noon Spoon is a new breakfast/lunch venture set up by Ceylan Çarmıklı Pekun, also known as the founder of popular Istanbul-based catering company Appetist. Located just walking distance from the heart of Levent business district, the little venue is an ideal spot for a lunch break. Daily menu...

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