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Elif & David's Istanbul Favorites

Zehra Elif

Elif & David's Istanbul Favorites

Eating & Dining
For food lovers! Good value restaurants, 'it' cafes, hidden gems, local tastes plus fine dining places... All the best in Istanbul...
Tatbak's lahmacun is the best in town!
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Tatbak
38/B Akkavak Sk.
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Tatbak's lahmacun is the best in town!
You can choose anything and I am sure it won't disappoint. My favorites are Poğaça, Açma, Simit, Acıbadem Cookie and Paskalya cake... The thin galeta with sunseeds is also a must try!
FIRIN ARMA
You can choose anything and I am sure it won't disappoint. My favorites are Poğaça, Açma, Simit, Acıbadem Cookie and Paskalya cake... The thin galeta with sunseeds is also a must try!
Best Turkish local breakfast! Just cross our apartment. Don't expect lots of variety, yet simple and delicious. Also deserts are very good!! My favorite is Sütlaç, my husband's is Kazandibi and ice cream on top!!
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Göreme Muhallebicisi
60/B Kurtuluş Cad.
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Best Turkish local breakfast! Just cross our apartment. Don't expect lots of variety, yet simple and delicious. Also deserts are very good!! My favorite is Sütlaç, my husband's is Kazandibi and ice cream on top!!
Cool cafe in Nişantaşı... Hang out place for fashionistas!
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Delicatessen
19 Mim Kemal Öke Cd.
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Cool cafe in Nişantaşı... Hang out place for fashionistas!
Great breakfast place! Recommendation: Try Turkish egg style, Menemen... Also ideal for tea, coffee, cookies and deserts
Grandma
38 Ahmet Fetgari Sk.
Great breakfast place! Recommendation: Try Turkish egg style, Menemen... Also ideal for tea, coffee, cookies and deserts
I love Mangerie, great view and good food together. My favorite place in Bebek... (Please note that you climb 3 floors up.) To enjoy the view, I recommend you to go in day time, for example, brunch! If not cold, prefer the tables at the balcony... You can even feed birds :)
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Mangerie
69 Cevdet Paşa Cd.
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I love Mangerie, great view and good food together. My favorite place in Bebek... (Please note that you climb 3 floors up.) To enjoy the view, I recommend you to go in day time, for example, brunch! If not cold, prefer the tables at the balcony... You can even feed birds :)
You wouldn't know about this place unless a local advised you. It is tiny yet an ABSOLUTE LOAL GEM. It has been chosen among Turkey's 10 Best Ice Cream stores... Variety changes accoring to season: Summertime: Ice Cream Wintertime: Sahlep and Boza (both of them are Turkish traditional winter drinks)
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Damla Dondurma
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You wouldn't know about this place unless a local advised you. It is tiny yet an ABSOLUTE LOAL GEM. It has been chosen among Turkey's 10 Best Ice Cream stores... Variety changes accoring to season: Summertime: Ice Cream Wintertime: Sahlep and Boza (both of them are Turkish traditional winter drinks)
Amazing view + delicious Kebap = fantastic combination! After visiting Eminönü Spice Bazaar, stop for lunch or dinner... To get a table with view, reservation is recommended.
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Hamdi Restaurant Eminönü
No:11 Kalçin Sk.
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Amazing view + delicious Kebap = fantastic combination! After visiting Eminönü Spice Bazaar, stop for lunch or dinner... To get a table with view, reservation is recommended.
Chef Mehmet Gürs's 'Fine Dining' place. Such an elegant and world class restaurant. No suprise it is among the Top 50 World's Best Restaurants. Also it has a marvelous Golden Horn view. Reservation recommended. And dress to impress :)
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Mikla Restaurant
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Chef Mehmet Gürs's 'Fine Dining' place. Such an elegant and world class restaurant. No suprise it is among the Top 50 World's Best Restaurants. Also it has a marvelous Golden Horn view. Reservation recommended. And dress to impress :)
I love Çiya because here I can taste different food recipes from Turkey's Southeast regions... This restaurant is a delicious cuisine exploration of local foods - even for a local! :)
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Çiya Sofrası
43 Güneşli Bahçe Sk.
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I love Çiya because here I can taste different food recipes from Turkey's Southeast regions... This restaurant is a delicious cuisine exploration of local foods - even for a local! :)
Baylan is famous for its 'Kup Griye' but any desert you choose will be, no doubt, tasty! There is also another Baylan in Bebek, neighborhood. However this is the original place. Interior is historic. Therefore I would recommend you to visit Baylan in Kadıköy (Anatolian side)
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Baylan
19 Muvakkıthane Cd.
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Baylan is famous for its 'Kup Griye' but any desert you choose will be, no doubt, tasty! There is also another Baylan in Bebek, neighborhood. However this is the original place. Interior is historic. Therefore I would recommend you to visit Baylan in Kadıköy (Anatolian side)
Do you like chocolate deserts? Then you will fall in love with Nazar's Profiterol. Not just my favorite but also famous Turkish gourmet and author, Vedat Milör recommens! It is 5-10 minute walk to our apartment. There is no sitting available, you can take away or ask for home delivery.
Nazar Pastanesi
182/B Kurtuluş Cd.
Do you like chocolate deserts? Then you will fall in love with Nazar's Profiterol. Not just my favorite but also famous Turkish gourmet and author, Vedat Milör recommens! It is 5-10 minute walk to our apartment. There is no sitting available, you can take away or ask for home delivery.
The best pizza, no exaggeration! We recommend their own recipe: Zucca pizza with their special pumpkin sauce. It is delicious! It is very close to our apartment. You can eat there, take away or call for home delivery.
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Zucca Pizza & Cafe
7 Baruthane Cd.
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The best pizza, no exaggeration! We recommend their own recipe: Zucca pizza with their special pumpkin sauce. It is delicious! It is very close to our apartment. You can eat there, take away or call for home delivery.
Bomontiada is a mixed space of cafes, restaurants, bars, events, concerts, parties, workshops, street fairs and offices... Whenever I go to Bomontiada, I feel good with the casual yet artistic atmosphere. It is always vivid and lively...
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Yapı Kredi bomontiada
1 Silahşör Cad., Birahane Sok.
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Bomontiada is a mixed space of cafes, restaurants, bars, events, concerts, parties, workshops, street fairs and offices... Whenever I go to Bomontiada, I feel good with the casual yet artistic atmosphere. It is always vivid and lively...
If you would like to experience fine dining together with local taste; Karaköy Lokantası is the place to go! It is a classic... Also great for business lunches/dinners, family gatherings...
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Karaköy Lokantası
No:37 A Kemankeş Cd.
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If you would like to experience fine dining together with local taste; Karaköy Lokantası is the place to go! It is a classic... Also great for business lunches/dinners, family gatherings...
'French' style cafe/restaurant... It feels weird to recommend a non-Turkish style place but food is really good here, so it would be a miss not to try. Especially if you go to Feriköy Organic Food (Saturdays) or Flea Market (on Sundays), you can stop by here for coffee or lunch. Batard is also a good choice for dinner..
Batard istanbul
15D Silahşör Cd.
'French' style cafe/restaurant... It feels weird to recommend a non-Turkish style place but food is really good here, so it would be a miss not to try. Especially if you go to Feriköy Organic Food (Saturdays) or Flea Market (on Sundays), you can stop by here for coffee or lunch. Batard is also a good choice for dinner..
Fine Dining & Bosphorus view... Expensive yet well deserved!
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Sunset Grill & Bar
2 Yol Sk.
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Fine Dining & Bosphorus view... Expensive yet well deserved!
A wide spectrum Bosphorus view... Good food (global cuisine, including sushi) A good choice for a romantic night out!
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Vogue Restaurant & Bar
92 Akaretler Spor Cad.
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A wide spectrum Bosphorus view... Good food (global cuisine, including sushi) A good choice for a romantic night out!
The place of infamous Salt BAE! Very expensive but for those who want to experience Nusret's steaks...
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Nusr-Et Steakhouse Etiler
87 Nispetiye Cd
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The place of infamous Salt BAE! Very expensive but for those who want to experience Nusret's steaks...
This is the place you must go for eating the best kebap and experiencing the concept 'ocakbaşı' which means you sit in front of the kebap maker, watch him prepare and cook the kebaps.. He will serve your kebap directly from there :) Adana Ocakbaşı is not a big restaurant therefore it may not be suitable for crowded groups. And since it is on a main street in the neighborhood Kurtuluş, parking is an issue. The restaurant is very close to Osmanbey metro station, prefer to take metro...
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Adana Ocakbasi
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This is the place you must go for eating the best kebap and experiencing the concept 'ocakbaşı' which means you sit in front of the kebap maker, watch him prepare and cook the kebaps.. He will serve your kebap directly from there :) Adana Ocakbaşı is not a big restaurant therefore it may not be suitable for crowded groups. And since it is on a main street in the neighborhood Kurtuluş, parking is an issue. The restaurant is very close to Osmanbey metro station, prefer to take metro...
Very old tavern, so cult that it is mentioned in a famousTurkish song :) Here you can taste local Turkish meat and mezes. I would recommend liver, meatball or lamb chops. Do not stuff yourself with main dish, meyhane is best known for rakı and mezes, eating and drinking slowly and enjoying your chat and listening to old Turkish songs...
Madam Despina Meyhanesi
No:9 Kurtuluş Cd.
Very old tavern, so cult that it is mentioned in a famousTurkish song :) Here you can taste local Turkish meat and mezes. I would recommend liver, meatball or lamb chops. Do not stuff yourself with main dish, meyhane is best known for rakı and mezes, eating and drinking slowly and enjoying your chat and listening to old Turkish songs...
More than 100 years old restaurant that serves only meatballs and Piyaz (made from beans, onions, vinegar and tomato) The tastiest meatball ever! The place is small, may not be comfortable to sit large groups.
Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi
112 Ankara Cd
More than 100 years old restaurant that serves only meatballs and Piyaz (made from beans, onions, vinegar and tomato) The tastiest meatball ever! The place is small, may not be comfortable to sit large groups.
Must go! This restaurant serves the same meatball recipe for years and taste has never changed, always delicious. The restaurant is located in the midst of Sultanahmet. You may plan it on the day of Old City Tour
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Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi Selim Usta
12 Divan Yolu Cd.
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Must go! This restaurant serves the same meatball recipe for years and taste has never changed, always delicious. The restaurant is located in the midst of Sultanahmet. You may plan it on the day of Old City Tour
Chef Arda Türkmen's meze restaurant and nice sea view makes this place a hit!
Mükellef Karakoy
8/A Maliye Cd.
Chef Arda Türkmen's meze restaurant and nice sea view makes this place a hit!
Best address for baklava...
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Karakoy Gulluoglu
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Best address for baklava...
If you fancy Chinese food or sushi, the best place for price & taste value is Çin Büfe. Service is fast, waiters are friendly and food is tasty! It is in the heart of Beşiktaş Central (Çarşı) You can dine in, take away or order for home delivery...
Çin Büfe
10 Mecidiye Köprüsü Sk
If you fancy Chinese food or sushi, the best place for price & taste value is Çin Büfe. Service is fast, waiters are friendly and food is tasty! It is in the heart of Beşiktaş Central (Çarşı) You can dine in, take away or order for home delivery...
Go crazy with their breakfast variety! Impossible to leave with a hungry stomach... Make sure you go starving. Otherwise you will be sorry to miss the goodies on the table!
BAZLAMA Kahvalti cesme
40b Ahmet Fetgari Sokak
Go crazy with their breakfast variety! Impossible to leave with a hungry stomach... Make sure you go starving. Otherwise you will be sorry to miss the goodies on the table!
The restaurant is inside Sakıp Sabancı Museum... It has great view of Bosphorus, delicious food and elegant atmosphere.
MSA’nın Restoranı
42 Sakıp Sabancı Cd.
The restaurant is inside Sakıp Sabancı Museum... It has great view of Bosphorus, delicious food and elegant atmosphere.
Neighborhoods
Fashion scene of Istanbul - Stylish stores, chic cafes and restaurants. Great for both; day and night!
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Nişantaşı
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Fashion scene of Istanbul - Stylish stores, chic cafes and restaurants. Great for both; day and night!
Akaretler is a very nice and a hip district which connects Beşiktaş and Nişantaşı. This district got popular recently with openings of many chic cafes and restaurants. Especially crowded after work happy hours and weekends.
Akaretler
Akaretler is a very nice and a hip district which connects Beşiktaş and Nişantaşı. This district got popular recently with openings of many chic cafes and restaurants. Especially crowded after work happy hours and weekends.
Must See Places!
On Sundays, at Feriköy Pazarı there is a flea market. As always you never know what you will find in a flea market yet it is always a joy to explore. Afterwards you can stop at MOC for coffee or Batard for lunch!
Flea market
8 Semt Pazarı
On Sundays, at Feriköy Pazarı there is a flea market. As always you never know what you will find in a flea market yet it is always a joy to explore. Afterwards you can stop at MOC for coffee or Batard for lunch!
On Saturdays, there is an organic food market here (On Sundays: flea market) - You can not only come here to buy fresh fruits and vegetables but also to sit down for breakfast on tiny chairs... and enjoy 'gözleme' with potato, cheese, eggplant and many more :)
Flea market
8 Semt Pazarı
On Saturdays, there is an organic food market here (On Sundays: flea market) - You can not only come here to buy fresh fruits and vegetables but also to sit down for breakfast on tiny chairs... and enjoy 'gözleme' with potato, cheese, eggplant and many more :)