The culinary scene is one of Istanbul’s main charms, new openings pop up anytime and anywhere in the city. Here are our picks of the best latest restaurants and bars, keeping you up-to-date with the city’s latest food trends.

A Bit of Eggo

Good news for paleo diet enthusiasts: a new casual eatery with a menu based on egg dishes has recently opened in Arnavutköy. A Bit of Eggo serves an all-day breakfast featuring all egg dish varieties known to mankind, as well as branola bowls, pancakes, croissants, and other popular treats. At lunchtime you might want to try the egg burger or a light salad, followed by a homemade dessert. Open daily 8am-6.30pm. Abdülhak Molla Sokak No.26, Arnavutköy; T: 0532 636 63 10

Monkey Bar

Overlooking the Golden Horn from the rooftop terrace of the Nejat Eczacıbaşı building in Şişhane, Monkey Bar opened at the end of June—right in time to make the most of Istanbul’s glorious summer nights. The place, located on the floor above Firuze restaurant, is the perfect spot for an afternoon aperitif, to watch the sunset, or go out for dinner and drinks. It will instantly become your new summer favorite! Şişhane Sokak No.5, Nejat Eczacıbaşı Building, Şişhane; T: (0212) 238 50 50


Tucked in between the exclusive boutiques of Abdi İpekçi Caddesi in Şişli, Nish Palace Hotel has welcomed Glens restobar to its family. Offering innovative cocktails and casual Italian dining, the place entered the city’s entertainment map with an exclusive opening event, well-attended by Istanbul’s glitterati. Abdi İpekçi Caddesi No.12, Şişli; T: (0212) 803 77 77

Yako Sushi & Noodle

Humble in design as many Japanese restaurants tend to be, Yako Sushi & Noodle is located on the terrace floor of the 42 Maslak complex. It embraces the best of Japanese cuisine at a very reasonable price. Executive chef Sinan Damgacıoğlu was trained in Japan under chef Yoshihiro Murata, whose restaurants hold a total of seven Michelin stars. Be sure to try a fragrant bowl of ramen and explore the menu for new favorites. All dishes are available for takeaway and a delivery service is expected to start soon. Open daily 10am-10pm. 42 Maslak, Ahi Evran Caddesi No.6/153, Maslak; T: (0212) 801 77 00


Gül Etker has tuned the neighboring space of his cosy Rumeli Hisarı seafood brasserie Kiss the Frog into a meyhane. Be sure to try the octopus lahmacun, the tomato mücver, and the homemade yanık (“burnt”) yogurt. Also on offer are more traditional meyhane staples. You may also ask what the chef “bügün ne yaptınız?”, or “what did you make today?”, as the menu suggests. Ask about pide and the desserts, too. Yahya Kemal Caddesi No.4, Rumeli Hisarı; T: (0212) 287 73 23

Hayatın Sofrası

A little home away from home, Hayatın Sofrası is a warm and inviting restaurant in Yeniköy. Reducing the use of sugar and salt and teaming up with İpek Hanım’s farm for high-quality organic produce, Owner Şenhayat Alp and her kitchen staff offer healthy, home-cooked meals. The breakfast menu includes Turkish classic options, as well as the ever-popular avocado toast and granola, while the lunch menu changes on a daily basis. There are also options for delivery and catering. Open daily 8.30am-6pm. Adnan Kahveci Caddesi No.140/A, Ferahevler, Yeniköy; T: (0212) 262 69 69