Food shopping and eating in Kadıköy isn’t just an alternative to visiting similar places in Beyoğlu. It is an experience on its own terms, with many local gems that cannot be found anywhere else in Istanbul. Totally worth the ferry ride!

A Kadıköy tour is never complete without a stop at Çiya. Its vişne (sour cherry) kebap is a must-try in the summer. Güneşli Bahçe Sokak No.43

Çiya

The most famous pickles store in Istanbul, Özcan Turşuları, has been serving customers since 1935. If carrying a jar all the way from Kadıköy is not an option, have a glass of pickle juice at the counter. Those in the know would ask for baby okra or green almond pickles hidden at the back. Güneşlibahçe Sokak No.7

Özcan Turşuları

Timsahlı Mısır Çarşısı, the spice shop located opposite the Greek Orthodox church, is Istanbul’s go-to place for sumac. Yasa Caddesi No.46

Timsahlı Mışır Çarşısı

Coming hot straight out of a stone oven, Borsam Taşfırın’s lahmacun is definitely one of the best in town. Serasker Caddesi No.78

Borsam Taşfırın

The youngest establishment on Kadıköy’s culinary map, Basta! Street Food Bar, delivers deliciousness wrapped up in lavaş. Sakız Sokak No.1

Basta! Street Food Bar

Serving a speciality of Adapazari—little meatballs on a grilled bread soaked in broth— Ahmet Usta Islama Köftecisi offers a delicious alternative to the popular late night snack, islak hamburger. Körler Sokak No.1

Ahmet Usta Islama Köftecisi

A family business whose sweets have catered to the tastes of international customers since 1807, Şekerci Cafer Erol’s charm comes from the cultural heritage delivered with each product. The café upstairs is an ideal spot to take a well-deserved sightseeing break. Yasa Caddesi No.19

Şekerci Cafer Erol

Among all fish places in the heart of Kadıköy market, Kadı Nimet Balıkçı is the place preferred by locals. Newly renovated interiors are even more welcoming. Serasker Caddesi No.10/A

Kadı Nimet Balıkçılık

One of the oldest (if not the oldest) lokantas in Istanbul, Yanyalı Fehmi Lokantası, has been open since 1919. The lokanta’s founder came to Istanbul from the Greek city of Ioannina, employed a chef who had just retired from the Ottoman palace, and began serving traditional food in Kadıköy. Fehmi’s restaurant continues under his children and grandchildren, presenting around one hundred different dishes every day. Güneşli Bahçe Sokak No.1

Yanyalı Fehmi Lokantası

Baylan, one of the city’s oldest patisseries, is a favorite place to drop by for tea at any time of day. One can enjoy its famous sweets, such as kup griye—a dessert made of ice cream, caramel sauce, and brittle. Muvakkıthane Caddesi No.19

Baylan