Only one waiter and makes very good recommendations regarding what they have fresh that day. Read more.
A shop who sells many kinds of cheeses from Anatolian or all over the world - Tip: Buy sandwiches here and start walking through Istanbul. Read more.
Best beans which are cooked very slowly and the butter adds to the taste and smell or try their rice pudding - tell the waiter to add everything, which means honey and nuts on top! Read more.
Some of the good appetizers include trials of the classic kebabs made with fish instead of lamb meat, strongly recommended. Read more.
They make the exceptional “Çöp Şiş”, small lamb meats marinated in milk and oil, like no where else. Make sure that the mixed kebab includes at least çöp şiş, Adana and eggplant kebab. Read more.
Recommendable; “Tarama” (salted fist roe), sour marinated seabass and pickled tunny. Read more.
Dessert menu with Turkish coffee is a must! Please notice the cups that they serve Turkish coffee in, they are fine collector’s pieces. Read more.
Early morning tip: Ask the waiter to buy you some simits from the breakfast house across the street instead of the bread they serve at Ortaköy Kahvaltı Evi. Read more.
Nowadays, İskender Paydaş who is a very well known composer, performs on Fridays. Highly recommended. Read more.
Istanbul Pale Ale is a traditional English cask Ale, Haliç Gold is a spicy and strong ale, B4 is a more bitter beer. They are all served in their own special glasses. Read more.
Favorite beer is Bomonti Unfiltered and the snacks basket goes well with it. Also for dinner “Bomonti Lokum” worths a try. Read more.
As a starter, try salad with hummus and Turkish sausage with pistachio - Great and refreshing. The view is also breathtaking! Read more.
Desserts; This is what they are famous for! Muhallebi (milk pudding), chocolate dessert, baklava and cake selections should be tried to your liking. Read more.
All pizzas are excellent and the calzones are great as well. Their signature dish is pizza with Nutella. It is self explanatory and a good choice for a dessert. Read more.
They serve small portions of different local desserts. But instead, you can ask for chocolate souffle, which is excellent. Read more.
Beside stewed octopus the grilled shrimps or rice with bass is recommendable anytime. Read more.
The secret of Nusr-Et Steakhouse; They know how to choose and cook the meat and they know the best combinations of meats and spices. Read more.
Extremely wide breakfast menu and you must try pizzas and Tuscana chicken durum. Then a homemade cheesecake with lemon and caramel will go very well. Read more.
It’s all about the taste of meat and don´t forget to make a reservation. Read more.
If you like quesadillas or wraps, you love tantuni. It is a hot lavaş wrap consisting of julienned lamb stir-fried on a sac on a hint of cottonseed oil. Read more.
Beatrice is a chocolate cake with cream and lots of fruits... No need to say any more Read more.
Carefully selected ingredients: Octopus from Cunda, olive oil, Aegean herbs from Izmir or red wine from Edirne - Fantastic! Read more.
When you order a bottle of wine, their nice cheese platter including grapes and cracker is free Read more.
Their fish soup is probably the best in town. You can consult the stuff about what’s the best catch of the day. Read more.
You shouldn’t miss ‘Köfte-ekmek’(Meat ball & bread) and ‘sausage from the butcher’, the two most traditional Turkish street foods served in a magical form Read more.
Saturdays they have happy hours between 17:00 – 21:00, again Saturdays after dinner there is DJ music till 02:00 in the morning, making it quite a party place. Read more.
Best version of ‘pides’ are ‘Karadeniz Pidesi’, that is the Black Sea type just as you find here. The delicious home made pickles served automatically are on the house! Read more.
A must; The famous Bozcaada Breakfast with various jams, and cheese brought from the Island, omelets served on pizza dough baked in stone oven, special pastries, and veggies. Read more.
Secrets: They de-gas the beans and slow cooked them. The tomato paste and butter is melted before coming together with beans and being placed in the oven for another hour so. Delicious! Read more.
Turkish style cooked rice (called ‘pilav’) with ‘karniyarik’, another lovely Turkish dish prepared with minced beef and aubergine is always a good duet Read more.
Offers a snack with a nice hot Turkish tea, or a mint lemonade with their infamous wet chocolate cake. Read more.
Order your Lahmacun with extra vegetables, parsley and tomatoes. They even have a ‘Lahmacun with aubergine’ option, which is a rare thing among kebab houses. Read more.
Go down to a small courtyard downstairs where you can enjoy a late-afternoon beer. Read more.
The olive oil they use in their salads and other little entry dishes, is their own produce from their own olive grove in Mudanya Read more.
This place offers a lovely ‘people watching’ opportunity and listen to the fishmongers’ loud and inviting shouts Read more.
The Institute organizes cooking classes for amateurs and culinary tours to various cities of Turkey. They also have half-day culinary walking tours. Read more.
Best thing to do would be joining in the inspiring and delicious adventures of the chef. Read more.
Their leather and suede pieces are especially creative, and they rate high on an investment value scale. Read more.
vegetables fried with beer, salmon on puff pastry, see bass with orange and pomegranate and their special steak with thin fries is totally amazing and homemade chocolate ice-cream with orange liqueur. Read more.
The structure is so unique and rare that it dominates the skyline of the city. Read more.
The Pierre Loti Cafe, atop the hill overlooking the shrine and the Golden Horn, is a wonderful place to enjoy the tranquility of the view Read more.
Get three slices of the original (the one with pistachios) and a glass of lemonade. By the way the lemonade is as delicious as the Baklava. Read more.
Find genres from World Music to Jazz, electronic to classical. It’s a must stop for all music lovers. Read more.
This is all you need for a lunch and believe me it will take you through the day. Read more.
If you have a chance then visit the Yedikule Museum to see the documented cannon balls and get the feeling of the conquest. Read more.
If you are looking for books to buy about Turkey, translated Turkish authors etc Pandora is the best spot for you Read more.
The co-owner Hulya Akal is a Japan passionate and her efforts are reflected on the food. It’s fresh, yummy and always fulfilling. You can have only ramen or udon or the whole deal. Read more.
If you’re in the mood for sweets, the chocolate and walnut cookie is amazing, as well as the apple-filled cookies and the tahinli çörek, a spiral tahini-dough pastry. Get it while it’s hot! Read more.
The hotel’s terrace bar is one of the best places to grab an afternoon drink Read more.
The food here is also delightful – old favorites are coupled with not-so-familiar mezes Read more.
Whether you’re looking for inspiring pieces of art, elegant or whimsical souvenirs to remember Istanbul by; this design shop is where you’ll find something for your taste. Read more.
English language books on Istanbul and Turkey are definitely worth checking out, and would make good literary souvenirs if you’re in the city only for a couple of days. Read more.
Age-old plane trees, good tea, soft breeze, and the water runs just a couple of meters away from your table. Read more.
Don’t resist the temptation to try out many flavors – and keep an eye on the seasonal offerings Read more.
Great detail about SALT is its rooftop garden (the “edible estate”) – visitors are allowed to step into the patio and observe this mini-garden in the middle of the city rooftops. Read more.
Try the classic menu is 3 pieces of shish, ezme (spicy tomato salad) and hot turnip juice. Tea is complimentary as always Read more.
Try the triangle shaped pastry and fried liver are house specialties or the fresh fish. Read more.
No need to say that customers are Beşiktaş supporters and the atmosphere is not much different than in a stadium. Read more.
Place for the locals to get their coffee. Mandabatmaz is one of few places to enjoy the genuine Turkish coffee taste. Read more.
Karabatak offers a warm atmosphere, whether you want to chat with friends over cups of coffee or tea, or spend hours to read and write, this spot is ideal. Read more.
You’ll regret not starting off with the hearty fish soup. a thick soup with chunks of fish, vegetables and fresh herbs, a meal on its own. Read more.
Sentetik Sezar is pretty active on Facebook, check out their page to see if there’s something you like, message the shop and they’ll reserve the piece for you Read more.
If you’re near Bebek, make sure you don’t miss Mini Dondurma – literally, don’t miss it -always natural and seasonal ice-cream. Read more.
Head to Kale to have the ultimate breakfast in a casual atmosphere. Don’t forget finishing off with Turkish coffee while watching the ships go by. Read more.