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Burgerhood, Nişantaşı - 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.

A good hamburger is more than just a bun and patty. With quality meat, homemade buns, and special recipes, these places seem to have perfected their burger game. If you are looking for something more elegant but still as tasty as the ultimate late-night food, ıslak (wet) hamburger, head to one of...

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Communeaty

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

Foodie networks keep the culinary scene vibrant and add some creativeness to the milieu by taking food out of the restaurant and bringing people together on a regular basis. If you are looking to explore new pairings and flavors while meeting like-minded foodies, get a head start with these foodie...

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Çam Sut Mangal Restaurant

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.

Located just across a busy intersection from another authentic Korean restaurant, Seorabeol, Çam Sut Mangal Restaurant’s unassuming facade hides a big personality that starts with the banchan . Many say a Korean restaurant can be judged solely on the quality of these small seasonal appetizers that...

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A Wai Lou - 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.

It might be the deep frying, a pinch of sugar added to almost every dish, or the balanced carb-protein ratio that make Chinese food the unquestionable king of comfort food. However, if you like to step outside your comfort zone every now and then and try something different, head to A Wai Lou, a...

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Artichoke, photo by Merve Göral

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

Artichokes (Cynara scolymus in Latin) are a heavenly green that even have a place among the stars of Greek mythology. A story goes that Zeus fell in love with Cynara, a mortal, and took her to Olympos. However, the beauty missed her life on earth, and one night Cynara snuck back to her hometown....

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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.

The city’s gentrifying neighborhood of Reşitpaşa is slowly evolving, and Mittag is one of the coolest restaurants to emerge so far. After working at one of Istanbul’s most highly-lauded restaurants, Mikla, MSA-alumni Fatma Yıldırım decided to open up her own place and that’s how Mittag arrived on...

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Avlu Yeniköy

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 has seen many neighborhoods become the trendy spot one for time. Asmalımescit was the place to go for drinks, then it handed that status off to Karaköy. Now, Arnavutkoy is the hip area to go, but could Yeniköy be next? If places like Avlu populate the streets of this waterfront...

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Alican Akdemir, Turkey's first water sommelier - 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.

To introduce yourself as a water sommelier is to constantly have to explain your job. The relatively nascent profession is just beginning to take root around the world and, as Turkey’s first, Alican Akdemir often has to deal with people’s incredulity. He says the first thing people usually ask him...

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Martinez 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.

As central as it can be, located inside Akmerkez, Martinez Istanbul is far from your everyday shopping mall eatery. The sleek restaurant is another venture by UKA Life group, the same name behind Hudson in Arnavutköy. Although there are some resemblances in its interior and on the menu, Martinez...

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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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Belle Epoque à Pasha, 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.

If you enjoyed our 1895 Ottoman Guide in the last issue, but haven’t yet had the opportunity to sample this golden Istanbul era for yourself (as we playfully suggested), here’s a piece of good news.

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Turkish tea

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

After a meal in Turkey, there is always one more course: tea. Served in a slim-waisted, elegantly curved glass, the piping-hot liquid is inevitably whisked to the table right after your meal, amber-colored and deeply bitter. This is true whether you are at the local dürüm shack with three low-rise...

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Must, 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.

The sign out front reading “There MUST be some cool people here” pretty much sums up the vibe at Must Nişantaşı. Done up like a slick Manhattan lounge with a predilection for French extravagance, this drinking and dining spot is designed with you and your well-coiffed friends in mind. The investors...

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8 Fingers, Buddha Bowl Breakfast

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.

One of the joys of wandering through Beyoğlu is the wealth of little shops and cafes tucked into unexpected corners. Located just opposite an Ottoman fountain on Kazancı Yokuşu, the bite-sized 8 Fingers Coffee & Street Food Bar is one of these discoveries. As the name suggests, this venue is...

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Kase No. 16, Teşvikiye - 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.

Teşvikiye is home to a slew of hip restaurants and Kase No. 16 is no exception. This compact, charming spot is built around a bowl concept (hence the name, kase ). Embellished with large and small, colorful bowls, the champagne colored wall catches your attention as soon as you enter from the glass...

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Çam Sut Mangal Restaurant

Located just across a busy intersection from another authentic Korean restaurant, Seorabeol, Çam Sut Mangal Restaurant’s unassuming facade hides a big personality that starts with the banchan . Many say a Korean restaurant can be judged solely on the quality of these small seasonal appetizers that...

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A Wai Lou - photo by Merve Göral

It might be the deep frying, a pinch of sugar added to almost every dish, or the balanced carb-protein ratio that make Chinese food the unquestionable king of comfort food. However, if you like to step outside your comfort zone every now and then and try something different, head to A Wai Lou, a...

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The city’s gentrifying neighborhood of Reşitpaşa is slowly evolving, and Mittag is one of the coolest restaurants to emerge so far. After working at one of Istanbul’s most highly-lauded restaurants, Mikla, MSA-alumni Fatma Yıldırım decided to open up her own place and that’s how Mittag arrived on...

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Avlu Yeniköy

Istanbul has seen many neighborhoods become the trendy spot one for time. Asmalımescit was the place to go for drinks, then it handed that status off to Karaköy. Now, Arnavutkoy is the hip area to go, but could Yeniköy be next? If places like Avlu populate the streets of this waterfront...

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Martinez Istanbul, photo by Merve Göral

As central as it can be, located inside Akmerkez, Martinez Istanbul is far from your everyday shopping mall eatery. The sleek restaurant is another venture by UKA Life group, the same name behind Hudson in Arnavutköy. Although there are some resemblances in its interior and on the menu, Martinez...

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Must, Nişantaşı

The sign out front reading “There MUST be some cool people here” pretty much sums up the vibe at Must Nişantaşı. Done up like a slick Manhattan lounge with a predilection for French extravagance, this drinking and dining spot is designed with you and your well-coiffed friends in mind. The investors...

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8 Fingers, Buddha Bowl Breakfast

One of the joys of wandering through Beyoğlu is the wealth of little shops and cafes tucked into unexpected corners. Located just opposite an Ottoman fountain on Kazancı Yokuşu, the bite-sized 8 Fingers Coffee & Street Food Bar is one of these discoveries. As the name suggests, this venue is...

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Kase No. 16, Teşvikiye - photo by Merve Göral

Teşvikiye is home to a slew of hip restaurants and Kase No. 16 is no exception. This compact, charming spot is built around a bowl concept (hence the name, kase ). Embellished with large and small, colorful bowls, the champagne colored wall catches your attention as soon as you enter from the glass...

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Tamirane, Maslak - photo by Merve Göral

Set inside the grounds of UNIQ Istanbul, Tamirane is a familiar name for Istanbulites from its previous location at Santral Istanbul. The name of the restaurant translates as repair shop and relevantly the venue aims to restore its customers with good food and music. Whether you’re at UNIQ for an...

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Socrates Bistro, Teşvikiye - photo by Merve Göral

Melding food you might find at a sports bar with an elevated cocktail concept, Socrates Bistro brings together two worlds and gives them both heft. Start the evening sipping an powerful Aqua Vitae, a mingling of infused whiskey, elderflower and barrel-aged bitters, or a pretty Meine, made of...

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Dehli Darbar

Indian cuisine varies significantly from province to province and yet restaurants tend to lump it into a “greatest hits” hodge podge. Not so at Delhi Darbar. The kitchen here is full of cooks intent on recreating their native Punjabi cuisine. This rich culinary region straddles northern India and...

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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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BunCo, Teşvikiye

SushiCo group has opened a spot in Teşvikiye called BunCo, offering a short menu of stuffed steamed buns. Originally a tradition found in Chinese cuisine, they are now officially a global mini-sandwich trend - and what diners find at Bunco are far from the original Asian iteration. However, they’ll...

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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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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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