On a busy backstreet parallel to İstiklal Caddesi, Zubeyir Ocakbaşı is where locals go for top-notch barbecued meat. A casual, inexpensive joint,...more
A meyhane is a Turkish tavern where alcoholic drinks and plates of traditional meze (appetizers) are served. Zarifi is a meyhane with a twist that, for better...more
One thing Istanbul is not short of is fine-dining establishments with a view; the likes of 360 Istanbul, Leb-i derya, and Mikla are teeming year-round with the...more
In the center of the once-bohemian but now increasingly commercial Asmalımescit area just behind Tünel Square, Sofyalı 9 sits like a brightly...more
Tucked away behind the fish market just off İstiklal Caddesi, Nevizade Sokak is possibly Istanbul's liveliest street. On weekend nights you'll literally...more
It's a fair trek up to the Bosphorus village of Emirgan, but a worthwhile journey on many counts. A 30-minute (traffic-contingent) cab ride from the city...more
Despite being overrun with hotels and guesthouses to accommodate the majority of the city's visitors, Sultanahmet is relatively short on decent places to eat:...more
A chic, glassless greenhouse stands in the middle of this hip but unpretentious rooftop place, with a bar counter lined with slatted white wood chairs round the...more
This Parisian-style bistro opened in March 2008 and is doing such a good job of serving up convincing French fare that it's become immensely popular: Book a...more
Ask any Istanbullu about the best place to get fresh fish in the city, and he or she will likely direct you to the Galata Bridge, where a small market on the...more
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