EATING & DRINKING IN ISTANBUL
A flavour to suit everyone,
Istanbuls unique cuisine
Istanbul is a labyrinth for those who want to lose themselves and a compass
for those want to find themselves.
Each street in Istanbul has the breeze of a whole new climate and the sun of
different lands. The Black Sea, East, South-east, Aegean, Mediterranean
Cuisines from locations thousands of kilometres apart could only be found
side-by-side in a city like Istanbul.
If youre looking to eat some fresh fish overlooking the Bosporus, enjoying
the salty air of the sea, skilled chefs are ready to host you
Bosporus is not the only place you can enjoy some good fish, sometimes you
can find the perfect flavours in a family restaurant cramped in a corner of
a street full of the hustle and bustle of the city.
Lets say your looking to enjoy some tasty kebab after shopping at Istiklal
Street, the heart of the city
You could either eat some döner kebab
watching the crowd pass by on Istiklal Street or you could find a historical
restaurant to relish Bursa kebab, Urfa kebab or Adana kebab
feeling like eating something different, with a bit more dough in it, then
you could go by Sultanahmet and enjoy some lahmacun, meaty quickbreak, pide
watching the lovely historical view or you can go to Kadıköy to eat some
börek or mantı all great examples of magnificent Turkish cuisine.
Istanbul also offers a great deal of variety to vegans and vegetarians
theres more! Even if youre not a vegetarian, you should still taste
authentic Turkish cuisine cooked with olive oil such as stuffed vegetables,
stuffed vine leaves, veggie patties or fresh beans, kidney beans and broad
A meal will never be complete unless you get a taste of great desserts; try
some sweet pastry like baklava, kadayıf and lokma or some creamy ones like
sütlaç, kazandibi and keşkül! You can burn your calories off by taking a
stroll along the historical peninsula or climbing up Çamlıca.
You can start your day with the traditional Turkish bagel simit with
cheese and a cup of tea and finish the night off with a hot bowl of soup
after youve left the night club. You probably wont but if you do miss the
kind of food youre familiar with, you can find all sorts of international
cuisine in every corner of Istanbul. Youll find plenty of options such as
Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian cuisine.
Let it be traditional Turkish cuisine or international cuisine youre
looking for or a small corner restaurant to stop by or a high-end luxurious
one, no doubt youll find amazing flavours to relish in a warm atmosphere,
served by friendly staff in Istanbul.