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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.

After decades of following Western trends, Istanbul is finally looking east for its snacks. Originating from China, a soft steamed bun known as bao has quickly become one of Istanbul’s foodie favorites. Suitable for both vegetarians and meat lovers, bao presents endless creative filling...

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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.

Presenting a lifestyle for over 80 years, Vakko has long been more than only fashion. It has added a new facet to that lifestyle, bringing the elegance of the French pastry experience to Istanbul in the form of Vakko Patisserie Petit Four at the Akmerkez Shopping Center in a chic extension of this...

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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.

A hole-in-the-wall type of place, B.BLOK is already a minor legend around the neighborhood, with one item on the menu you would not want to miss for the world: their creamy cheesecake. With vanilla notes immersed in the dessert’s smooth texture, and the ever so lightly toasted top layer, this...

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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.

It might be difficult to keep track of new places at the ever-changing Kılıç Ali Paşa Mescidi Sokak, but Frenk Karaköy, despite its petite size, caught our attention with its elegant decor. This venue has a limited seating area, as only about half a dozen little tables are spread out between the...

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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.

The new face of Arnavutköy’s nightlife, Halet-i Ruhiye, has become one of the most crowded spots in the neighborhood within just a few days of its opening, just like it was the case with its owner’s previous project, Efendi. Kıvanç Kasar’s new bar boasts a creative cocktail menu, which is the...

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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.

Od + un , fire and flour, make Odun Pizza, a newly opened restaurant in Reşitpaşa with a concept so simple and dishes so tasty you will undoubtedly leave satisfied and happy. The pizza dough, which is fermented for two days and then baked at 400 degrees in a wood-fired oven, is prepared in a unique...

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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.

While today restaurants servicing light and healthy dishes alongside green smoothies and detox juices are in trend, sometimes we still need a hearty, freshly cooked burger. One of the newest spots in Ortaköy, Lara’s Gourmet Burgers, is looking to fill this role. The restaurant was created by...

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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.

The name for MSA’s Restaurant is no coincidence. Instead of fashionable ambiguity describing the place's conceptual secrets, one comes across the “still in training” statement on several occasions. However, the place, a training field for culinary students who aspire to create and develop other...

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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.

Influenced by flavor palates of two distinct geographical regions, Azerbaijani cuisine offers nourishing dishes that bring the element of surprise to the table. This unique fusion of tastes and textures take the dining experience at Zeferan to a whole new level. When trying a new cuisine for the...

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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.

The newly opened Intema Yaşam concept store in Kanyon offers customers a culinary surprise with the location of its trendy Gaea Restaurant. When walking from the store’s sample kitchen display section toward the table setups, you will quickly realize that these sample tables are a part of the store...

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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.

This newly-opened restaurant proves that the open fire cooking concept works well not only on camping grounds but also on top of a five-star hotel in the center of Istanbul. In case you have any doubts about what a center-staged stove does on a Bosphorus-facing rooftop in Karaköy, our answer is...

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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.

The recently opened Aila at Fairmont Quasar Istanbul proves that there is plenty of room for surprise as far as hotel restaurants are concerned. The new Turkish cuisine-oriented venue is one to look up to with regards to decor, menu and the wine list, and is well on its way to become one of...

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Aşure, Noah's Pudding - photo by Maja Topcagic

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

Dr. Sana S. Hećo is a walking poster child for her raw food profession. She glows with good health that seems to radiate from somewhere deep inside and her constant talk about nutrition is punctuated only by a slight, beatific smile that seems to say “it’s all good.” With the launch of her first...

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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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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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Presenting a lifestyle for over 80 years, Vakko has long been more than only fashion. It has added a new facet to that lifestyle, bringing the elegance of the French pastry experience to Istanbul in the form of Vakko Patisserie Petit Four at the Akmerkez Shopping Center in a chic extension of this...

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A hole-in-the-wall type of place, B.BLOK is already a minor legend around the neighborhood, with one item on the menu you would not want to miss for the world: their creamy cheesecake. With vanilla notes immersed in the dessert’s smooth texture, and the ever so lightly toasted top layer, this...

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It might be difficult to keep track of new places at the ever-changing Kılıç Ali Paşa Mescidi Sokak, but Frenk Karaköy, despite its petite size, caught our attention with its elegant decor. This venue has a limited seating area, as only about half a dozen little tables are spread out between the...

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The new face of Arnavutköy’s nightlife, Halet-i Ruhiye, has become one of the most crowded spots in the neighborhood within just a few days of its opening, just like it was the case with its owner’s previous project, Efendi. Kıvanç Kasar’s new bar boasts a creative cocktail menu, which is the...

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Od + un , fire and flour, make Odun Pizza, a newly opened restaurant in Reşitpaşa with a concept so simple and dishes so tasty you will undoubtedly leave satisfied and happy. The pizza dough, which is fermented for two days and then baked at 400 degrees in a wood-fired oven, is prepared in a unique...

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While today restaurants servicing light and healthy dishes alongside green smoothies and detox juices are in trend, sometimes we still need a hearty, freshly cooked burger. One of the newest spots in Ortaköy, Lara’s Gourmet Burgers, is looking to fill this role. The restaurant was created by...

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The name for MSA’s Restaurant is no coincidence. Instead of fashionable ambiguity describing the place's conceptual secrets, one comes across the “still in training” statement on several occasions. However, the place, a training field for culinary students who aspire to create and develop other...

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Influenced by flavor palates of two distinct geographical regions, Azerbaijani cuisine offers nourishing dishes that bring the element of surprise to the table. This unique fusion of tastes and textures take the dining experience at Zeferan to a whole new level. When trying a new cuisine for the...

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The newly opened Intema Yaşam concept store in Kanyon offers customers a culinary surprise with the location of its trendy Gaea Restaurant. When walking from the store’s sample kitchen display section toward the table setups, you will quickly realize that these sample tables are a part of the store...

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This newly-opened restaurant proves that the open fire cooking concept works well not only on camping grounds but also on top of a five-star hotel in the center of Istanbul. In case you have any doubts about what a center-staged stove does on a Bosphorus-facing rooftop in Karaköy, our answer is...

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The recently opened Aila at Fairmont Quasar Istanbul proves that there is plenty of room for surprise as far as hotel restaurants are concerned. The new Turkish cuisine-oriented venue is one to look up to with regards to decor, menu and the wine list, and is well on its way to become one of...

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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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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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Fahriye Cafe

Among the many coffee shops, tea houses, and concept stores in Moda, few are as effortlessly welcoming as Fahriye. The café is airy and filled with natural light. Every corner feels like a different living room with single couches or large sofas - whether you want to share the moment with friends...

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Paul's Lasagna

Appropriately titled, as lasagna is really the name of the game, here. Paul’s Lasagna has a surprisingly wide variety to choose from, with a new dishes added to the menu regularly. That said, this is not the place for a lasagna purist. While the restaurant offers traditional or Sicilian lasagna...

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Opened by glass and ceramics artist Cahide Erel, Perispri is a popular restaurant and café in Fener. This neighborhood on the southern bank of the Golden Horn is home to historic attractions such as Gül Mosque and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. Perispri complements this atmosphere with its own...

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Bi Nevi Deli

Bi nevi Deli, the brainchild of Özge Şen and Belkıs Boyacıgiller, is an innovative café on a sunny corner in Etiler that serves raw, vegetarian, vegan, and Paleo food all made fresh in an open kitchen filled with natural light. Opened in late 2015, Bi Nevi Deli is a unique spot in Istanbul - its...

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Opened by former manager of Lucca, Turgay Yıldız, Mitte is located in Istanbul’s hip area of Karaköy. Mitte – whose name is borrowed from the Berlin neighborhood where Yıldız lived and also the German word for center – is meant to bring together different kinds of people from the surrounding...

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Tarbuş is a simple but popular restaurant serving Syrian food in Aksaray, a neighborhood that has a variety of Syrian restaurants, dessert shops, and cafes. Specialties include mezzes such as houmous with olive oil, crispy and light falafel with yogurt sauce, mutabbal (similar to baba ghanoush but...

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When Mikla opened in October of 2005, chef-owner Mehmet Gürs’ vision of creating a refined but contemporary “ Istanbullu ” restaurant was brought to life successfully. The menu reflects the chef’s Turkish-Scandinavian background and alongside the outstanding food, breathtaking view, and excellent...

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