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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.

Contrary to Turkey’s postcard image of sun, sea, and sand that people know abroad, the winters here can be wet and windy. How can we preserve ourselves in these less hospitable months, when we wait for spring to emerge? There’s no need to stay at home with our helpful guide to the best places for a...

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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 is already past 9am by the time The Guide Istanbul meets Emre Şen, executive chef of Casa Lavanda , and Jilber Barutçiyan, our guide for the morning. They have already finished their breakfast of börek at the historical Bilice Börekçisi at the entrance of Bahçeköy, and are ready to take a trip...

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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.

Summer is in high gear, which means as many meals as possible should be enjoyed with sparkling views of the water and breezes kissing the nape of our necks. Here are a handful of favorite spots to enjoy Istanbul’s epic straits and seas. Aqua Contemporary Italian cuisine served on a relaxed,...

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

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

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

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

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

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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Oranges

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

Icy wind and snow never seem as bleak as they could do when you catch sight of a neatly arranged pile of oranges on a juice-seller’s table. Grown in the warmer coastal parts of the country, especially around İzmir, Antalya, and Adana, oranges are a welcome staple in the cold months. Because they’re...

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Datlı Maya

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

Everyone’s familiar with the upsides of eating organic. Aside from the food generally tasting better, the health benefits of eating food grown without pesticides are pretty hard to argue with. What’s even harder to argue with are the damaging effects pesticides have on soil. Of course everyone...

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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.

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

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

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

All juices are equal, but some are more equal than others. To make your pursuit of a healthy, tasty lifestyle easier, we’ve put together a list of our current favorites. Over the last few years Istanbul has become home to a trend that’s well-established in other metropolises, from Los Angeles to...

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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.

Trendy Cihangir is home to an array of good coffee places. Whether you’re a first-timer or a resident, and you’re planning to visit somewhere other than the famous Cafe Firuz , have a look at our favorite coffee spots in the neighborhood. Norm Coffee At Norm Coffee, the owners aim to serve coffee...

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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.

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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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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Living up to its name ( münferit translates as 'individual'), neo- meyhane Münferit truly is one of a kind. This dimly-lit, delicious Beyoğlu crowd-puller boasts a dual reputation as a daytime foodie magnet and an after-hours “it” spot for Istanbul’s young, beautiful, transnational crowd. Located...

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Balıkev, located in the İstinyePark Shopping Mall and opened in 2007, is a fish market that doubles as a restaurant. Customers at Balıkev can buy fresh seasonal fish by the kilo to cook at home, have it cooked on the premises to take away, or dine in the onsite restaurant. Besides this branch in...

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Open since 1985, Akdeniz Hatay Sofrası is located in the cultural melting pot of Aksaray, an Istanbul neighborhood that is home to immigrants from within Turkey and further afield and, as such is a treasure trove for those interested in tasting regional and ethnic foods. The Hatay region of Turkey...

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Malatya Pazarı opened its doors in 1870 in Turkey's eastern region of Malatya. This pazar (market) opened as a specialty store of dried goods from fruit and nuts to spices and herbs. Over the years, the pazar has moved its headquarters further west with several branches throughout Istanbul and a...

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For those craving a taste of Iran, a visit to Aksaray is a must. This unassuming restaurant is located on a busy street in Aksaray, a neighborhood popular with immigrants that is home to the widest variety of ethnic cuisines. The menu is written in Persian, Turkish and English and there are...

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Another addition to the regeneration of the Karaköy neighborhood, Unter has three floors, the first of which houses a restaurant where the original exposed brick interior gives off that purposefully modern feel that venues in this particular area are known for. The floor-to-ceiling French doors...

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As you walk or drive through the posh district of Bebek’s main street, you will immediately notice Lucca's crowd, spilling out onto the street. A lively lounge by night, Lucca is calmer and less crowded during the day when it operates as a restaurant, which makes it an ideal place for brunch,...

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