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.

Tian Xiang Fu Hot Pot

Tian Xiang Fu is the place to go for an authentic and flavorful Chinese hot pot experience. Although each person will have a personal pot, the meat, vegetables, and other food plates are ideal to share. The restaurant offers many soup bases, including the Mongolian basic pot, tomato pot, spicy lemon pot, and different spicy pots. Each of them is cooked with a variety of Chinese spices and has layers of flavor. If you love spicy food, Tian Xiang Fu’s beef oil spicy pot will definitely make you sweat. Halaskargazi Caddesi No.171/A, Şişli; T: 0212 296 85 55

Kilye Lokanta

Eceabat-based natural foods producer, Kilye, has entered the food service sector by opening its first branded restaurant at Emaar Square. Since locally produced food specialties are Kilye’s forte, the restaurant follows that lead with an all-day service of Turkish cuisine, offering a full spectrum of classic dishes. Breakfast options include Kilye’s signature homemade products such as olives, jams, tahini, and molasses. At lunchtime, the place turns into a traditional lokanta with a daily menu, serving busy shoppers and working crowds on the go. In the evening, traditional Turkish mezze steals the spotlight, transforming the place into an elegant tavern.Emaar Square, Unalan; T: 0216 510 3614

Yeniköy “eski âdet”

Translating to “old custom” in Turkish, Yeniköy “eski âdet” is a nostalgic homage to the neighborhood’s colorful past. Its ambiance, as if recreated from old family photos, takes diners on a journey in time to a Greek tavern curated with care and meticulous attention to details. The menu is a great mix of Greek-influenced dishes with a surprising twist: think mastic-flavored eggplant salad, artichoke paste, or grilled hellim (halloumi) cheese wrapped in grape leaves — all equally delicious. The new custom would dictate that it is enjoyed alongside a glass of rakı, but you might also choose one of the local wines from the restaurant’s well-thought-out wine list.Kapalı Bakkal Sokak No.3, Yeniköy; T: 0212 223 57 58

Zuko Street Food & Pub

From street vendors to chefs, the city has witnessed gastronomy professionals entering the dürüm race, recently welcoming one more contestant—Chef Didem Şenol, known for her Gram restaurants. Steering away from Gram’s plant-based signature dishes, Zukoputs forward meat-filled wraps, including kokoreç (sheep intestines), köfte (meatballs) and liver. An interesting option is a new take on classic schnitzel. If not on a lunch break, all dishes pair well with local beers, which are also part of the menu. Orjin Plaza, Maslak

Tamirhane Mutfak 

Have you ever had a meal prepared by an architect? If the answer is no, now you have the opportunity to give it a try at the newly opened Tamirhane Mutfak in the industrial zone in Maslak. The inspiring location, tucked in between auto body shops combines a simple kitchen, dining space, and an architectural office of Tamirhane Tasarım that overlooks the entire space. Delicious plates such as salads, wraps, or meatballs are prepared daily. At the end of the meal, prepare to be visually inspired and ready to creatively rearrange your own space as well. Atatürk Oto Sanayi, 33. Sokak No.1376, Maslak

Parma Sole

Mixing nature, good food, and comfy accommodation, Parma Sole turned boutique hotel and destination restaurant checks all the boxes on your weekend getaway list. The restaurant’s menu, alongside Italian classics, aims to highlight the nuances of Parma’s local cuisine, some of which might be known only to those with advanced knowledge of Italian culinary traditions. Must-tries in this category include torta fritta, a puffy, crispy bread pillow for a slice of Parma ham or mortadella; homemade cappelletti (a type of stuffed pasta shaped as little hats) or tortelli (not to be confused with much smaller tortelloni and tortellini). Sahilköy, Kozalı Caddesi No:23, 34980 Şile; T: 0850 333 12 12 

Ringa

Ringa is a waterfront seafood restaurant in Kuruçeşme, offering eye and taste bud-pleasing options. The menu at Ringa takes diners on a culinary journey around the Mediterranean, from Turkey and Greece, all the way to France and Spain. Before jumping right into ordering from the menu, take a quick trip to the mezze display to get visually inspired for the meal to come: you might suddenly feel the need to choose something you hardly ever go for. Oligark Istanbul, Muallim Naci Caddesi No.58, Kuruçeşme; T: 0532 066 03 03

Kun Society

Although Kun Society opens in the morning, its true personality fully blooms after dark, as the all-day restaurant and lounge transforms with a magnetizing blend of private club-like vibe and sensational food. The star of the evening food service is the sushi menu crafted by Chef Hiroki Takemura, which boasts exclusive signature rolls alongside the well-known classics. Haydar Aliyev Caddesi No.204/A, Tarabya; T: 0542 616 34 34

Leblon Burger 

Arda Türkmen transformed the dining area on the ground floor of the Haze Hotel in Karaköy into a comfort food wonderland, Leblon Burger. As the name suggests, burgers are the center of attention on the menu and are offered in two sizes, with two bread options (classic and focaccia) and two sauce add-ons (red, with spicy notes, and white–on the acidic side) to mix and match according to personal preference. Catching the eyes of passersby is the ice cream fridge by the entrance—if you want to try something you haven’t had before, go for the chef’s special flavor with candied pumpkin. Maliye Caddesi No.8/A, Karaköy

Muutto

Carrying Chef Umut Karakuş’s signature style, Muutto in Moda provides refined options, particularly with the mezze selection, available to eat in or grab-and-go. The dürüm menu is the backbone of the offering, including original takes on local street food staples like söğüş (boiled sheep’s head) and kokoreç (grilled sheep’s intestines), as well as other popular quick snack options like falafel, liver, and ribs. Within the selection of mezzes, you can find tasty dishes like eggplant salad, hummus, and Aegean greens, among several other options. Cemal Süreya Sokak No.57/2A, Kadıköy; T: 0216 515 62 45

Muutto

The Townhouse

At Suadiye’s newest gastropub, The Townhouse, Drinks are the centerpiece of the menu. You’ll be amazed by various beers and top whisky tables from Scotland, Ireland, Japan and Taiwan displayed on the rack. The food menu is comprised of modern pub dishes, as well as brasserie classics that hit any diner’s sweet spot around lunchtime. We enjoyed the idea of mac and cheese from the starter menu turned into mac and cheese bombs to share. Plaj Yolu Sokak No.13, Suadiy

The Townhouse

RustyFork

A taste of the American South can now be savored at RustyFork in Etiler. Don’t miss the nachos and brisket spring rolls with bourbon BBQ sauce. The ribs are an absolute must-try, offered in both beef or pork, marinated, and cooked to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. Alluring ambiance, great décor, and ample outdoor patio space make this newcomer a must-visit. Nispetiye Caddesi No.64, Etiler

RustyFork

The 47

Spend a summer night drinking in front of the Bosphorus. Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul’s collaboration with Monkey 47, The 47 is a waterfront bar offering fun cocktails and snacks, and renowned DJ performances on the weekends. Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Çırağan Caddesi No.32, Beşiktaş

Patio

Patio opened in Bebek to provide local gastronauts with another colorful dining alternative in the area. The seasonal menu is Mediterranean-inspired, hence light and healthy, ensuring plenty of choices for all tastes and dietary regimes. For a quick lunch, there is a wide variety of homemade pasta and a moist chocolate cake for dessert. Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No.15/A, Bebek

Patio

Tiraje Teras

Tiraje Teras is a new meyhane located at the rooftop terrace of the Nish Palas Istanbul hotel in Nişantaşı. Visit the restaurant in spring and try the artichoke hearts and wild Aegean greens—culinary staples of the region. Other than that, Girit ezmesi (cheese spread) and lakerda (pickled bonito) are go-to dishes to bring the excitement to your table. Nish Palas Hotel, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi No.12, Nişantaşı

Tiraje Teras

Loco de Pera

At Loca de Pera, unique cocktails are served with a side of tapas-style plates in revamped interiors of the historic Passage des Petit Champs, while some of the hottest DJs in town keep the night going till way past midnight. Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.67, Tepebaşı

Alta Nişantaşı

The location is divided into three dining areas, making the space ideal for private celebrations that don’t interfere with Alta’s main program. The best way to approach the food is by ordering plates to share—as the menu changes approximately every three months, you might find yourself adding dozens of dishes to your all-time favorites’ list. Süleyman Nazif Sokak No.5/2, Nişantaşı

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