Ottoman fine dining is a fantastic and delicate melange of flavors drawing influence from Levantine, Turkic, Persian, and European roots. Check out the The Guide Istanbul’s top suggestions for where to find authentic Ottoman tastes in the city today.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski

As the only Ottoman imperial palace and hotel on the Bosphorus, Çırağan Palace Kempinski currently offers Sultans’ Dinner for guests who want to experience the most sophisticated Ottoman hospitality. From the menu to the décor to the service, every detail is considered to ensure a truly royal, exquisite, and nostalgic banquet. Besides this special project, its waterfront Tuğra Restaurant is where you can enjoy Ottoman cuisine with a modern twist along with the Bosphorus view. Çırağan Caddesi No.32, Beşiktaş; T: (0212) 326 46 46; www.kempinski.com

Çırağan Palace Kempinski

Asitane

After extensive research in the Topkapı Palace archive, Asitane serves the closest thing to Ottoman palace cuisine. Sample unusual dishes such as almond soup or vine leaves stuffed with sour cherries. Kariye Cami Sokak No.6, Edirnekapı; T: (0212) 635 79 97

Asitane

Hacı Abdullah Lokantası

Established in 1876 on the Karaköy pier, this restaurant has moved locations several times but remains a go-to for Ottoman cooking. The menu changes daily and features a selection of some 150 varieties of hot and cold mezze, soups, and mains. The hünkar beğendi (pureed eggplant with lamb) is highly recommended. Ağa Camii, Atıf Yılmaz Caddesi, No.9/A, Taksim. T: (0212) 293 85 61, haciabdullah.com.tr

Hünkar

Founded in 1950 and owned by the Ügümü family, Hünkar is an upscale version of a classic tradesman restaurant  (esnaf lokantası) that specializes in home-style Turkish and Ottoman cuisine. Mim Kemal Öke Caddesi No.21, Nişantaşı; T: (0212) 225 46 65

Hacı Bekir

Today, the sweet shop that specializes in lokum (Turkish delight) has four branches in the city. It is considered the oldest continual business in Turkey, and is run by the fourth and fifth generations of the family. They continue to ship around the world. İstiklal Caddesi No.83/A İstiklal. T: (0212) 244 28 04. For more locations visit www.hacibekir.com

Hacı Bekir

Vefa Bozacısı

Boza (a strong concoction made of a variety of fermented grains) comes in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic forms. Vefa has not moved since it opened in 1876 when it was a favorite of the sultans and aristocrats. You can see this in the beautiful wooden décor of the shop and in the amazing photos on the walls. Katip Çelebi Caddesi No.104/1, Fatih. T: (0212) 519 49 22