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At the north end of the Galata Bridge, and just before the start of the seafood market, stands a small kiosk where a man grills mackerel filets for sandwiches. A few shakes of spices, some salad, a squeeze of lemon, and you're on your way to the...
Firuzağa Mah., Cihangir Mahallesi, Türkgücü Cad. 59/A, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
After a morning of wandering Istanbul's winding streets, it is a treat to find a delicious eatery like Datli Maya, ready to welcome you with brick-oven baked bites in the form of lahmacun (similar to a thin-crust pizza) and other delicious menu...
Tomtom Mahallesi, Yeni Çarşı Cd. No:54, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Chef Arzu Gurdamar runs her kitchen like she runs her life—with whimsy, flair, and a dollop of determination. She is a thoroughly modern Istanbullu, a woman who goes her own way—and rides a Harley Davidson in her (virtually non-existent) spare...
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, General Yazgan Sk. No:8, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
You've strolled the 1.5km of Istanbul's famous Istiklal Street for a spot of shopping, but hunger sets in and the purse strings are tight. Where do you go for a bite to eat? Answer: Helvetia, a modest lokanta (restaurant) tucked away on a quiet...
Rüstem Paşa Mah., Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi, Tahmis Caddesi, Kalçın Sokak No:11, 34116 Eminönü/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
The best spot for kebaps and kunefe with a view is Hamdi Restaurant. An easy walk from Rustem Pasa, across from the New Mosque, downhill from the Grand Bazaar and a stone’s throw from the Spice Bazaar, Hamdi’s view sweeps the Golden Horn with the...
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, İstiklal Cd. No:112, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Sabirtarşi street stand, on Istiklal Avenue, not far from Taksim, is known for İçli Köfte, elongated crunchy bulgur shells stuffed with minced meat, ground walnuts, onions and spices. They are very good indeed, doubly special because they are...
İstiklal Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Cad. 107/D, 34430 Beyoğlu/Istanbul - Europe, Turkey
It's like lunch at a friend's eat in kitchen. If your friend was a famous chef and made jaw dropping desserts anyway. Beautifully prepared food served at 2 large tables just feet away from the cooks working over the stoves. You can get pastries...
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