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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

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.

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

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

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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Ali Haydar - best kebab in 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.

While there is great breadth and depth to the cuisine here, kebabs might still be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Turkish dining. Fair dues, there does seem to be a kebab place on every corner - but not all meat is created equal, and every region has its own special style. Here...

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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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Raffles brunch

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 it comes to brunch, Istanbul has oh-so-much to offer. Whether you’re craving a seafood menu with champagne or a vegan experience, Swiss classics, Spanish appetizers or a Turkish menemen - our city has it all. The abundance of choice may overwhelm, but no need to fret. Here’s a list of the best...

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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.

From childhood memories to local classics from the far-flung distances of this country, there are secrets to every dish that appeals to our taste buds and sensibilities. If we follow the journey of our favorite plate back to the kitchen, we come across chefs who tell countless stories every day...

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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.

Istanbul is many things - old, chaotic, refreshing, calming, unnerving - but it is always romantic. Whether you aready have a significant other in your life, or you’re meeting someone for the first time, or you’re just hanging out with your best friends, here are some of the most romantic...

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Union Pacific, Galata

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.

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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Hünkar, 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.

No doubt about it, now is the perfect season to be sipping a steaming bowl of hot soup. Luckily for us, Istanbul is full of diverse, stomach-warming options to bolster our souls against the cold. Here are a few of our favorites. Kapta Soupasta You can’t go wrong with the healthy options here, like...

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Havan'dan by Beff Gourmet

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Neolokal is the venture by chef Maksut Aşkar, housed inside Salt Galata. The restaurant is accessed from the smart wooden stairway just in front of the gallery bookshop and open kitchen. You arrive through a gap in the floor that reveals a light and spacious loft space, with beautiful views of...

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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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