Taste of Istanbul
Collected by Sunshine Flint, AFAR Contributor
Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Genelev, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
The fish sandwiches dished out from the rocking boats along the Eminönü waterfront might be better known, but follow your nose across Galata Bridge to find the freshest and tastiest ones being prepared on portable grills. They’re ideal for a quick...
Rıhtım Cad. Katlı Otopark Altı No: 3-4 Karaköy, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Unlike the boxes of gummy lokum seen in every souvenir store in Istanbul, baklava is the real Turkish delight. You may sample many versions of the layered, nutty pastry, but there’s only one Karaköy Güllüoğlu, which makes its baklava in...
Yıldız Mh., Çırağan Cd. No:32, 34349 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
No trip to Istanbul is complete without tasting the decadent dishes created for sultans in the kitchens of Ottoman palaces. Dine at the Bosphorus-side Tuğra within the Çırağan Palace Kempinski—a former palace itself—for recipes and cooking...
Coffee shop by day, cocktail bar by night, this cozy venue is fast becoming the hipsters’ haunt in urban-chic Cihangir. Serkan İpekli, a Turkish barista champion, and Yağmur Engin teamed up to brew, mix, and shake classic and innovative beverages...
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Cd. 83/B, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Just across the street from the Pera Palace Hotel, Meze by Lemon Tree is an intimate restaurant—with seating for about 30—and a limited menu with four meat entrées and three fish ones. The main attraction, however, is the meze. Sometimes...
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