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Saray Muhallebicisi

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Cheap

Make a beeline here if you have a sweet tooth. Keeping Istanbul’s dentists in business since 1935, Saray Muhallebicisi is a city institution. There are several branches, but this one is the most famous. Come here for künüfe (sweet cheese cake topped with syrupy pastry) and fırınsütlaç (rice pudding).

Address:
Tel: +90 212 292 3434
Website: http://www.saraymuhallebicisi.com


Meze by Lemon Tree

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Expensive

Turkish cooking is given a contemporary overhaul with interesting meze (shared plates) dishes such as börek (pastry pie) stuffed with aubergines and cheese, and calamari tava (stir fry) topped with walnut sauce. There are interesting kebab and seafood dishes for mains but the meze are where this place really shines.

Address:
Tel: +90 212 252 8302
Website: http://www.mezze.com.tr


Lokanta Maya

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Expensive

If you thought Turkish food was all about kebabs in their myriad forms, think again. This modern, sophisticated restaurant, run by chef and cookbook author Didem Şenol, offers a fresh and original interpretation of Turkish cuisine with inspiration taken particularly from the coastal Aegean region.

Address:
Tel: +90 212 252 6884
Website: http://www.lokantamaya.com


Matbah

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Expensive

Ottoman cuisine, often incorporating sweet and savoury flavours into stews and meat dishes, is a must-try for foodies. The recipes hail from the sultans’ kitchens and have been given a rebirth in recent years. Matbah, in the heart of the old city, is the top place to tuck in.

Address:
Tel: +90 212 514 6151
Website: http://www.matbahrestaurant.com


Klemuri

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Moderate

Turkey’s Black Sea is a culinary hotspot and Klemuri is a solid introduction to what the region offers. The menu is small, focused specifically on the cooking of the Black Sea’s Laz people, and offers delicious vegetarian options (a welcome change from the heavily meat-based menus of most Turkish restaurants).

Address:
Tel: +90 212 292 3272
Website:


Buhara Restaurant

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Moderate

Head to this unassuming Sultanahmet restaurant for classic kebab meals. The meat here is always grilled to perfection; succulently tasty yet crisply charred. Choose an Adana kebap (delicately-spiced minced beef kebab) or dig into the calorie-laden İskanderkebap (sliced lamb on bread, topped with a tomato, yogurt and butter sauce).

Address:
Tel: +90 212 513 7799
Website:


Çiya Sofrası

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Moderate

Foodie-favourite Çiya Sofrası, is worth the trip across the Bosphorus for. This simple restaurant is renowned as the city’s place to come to tuck into Turkey’s spicier specialities which hail from Southeastern Anatolia. For hearty, full-bodied Turkish cooking, bursting with flavour, and all well-priced, it can’t be beaten.

Address:
Tel: +90 216 330 3190
Website: http://www.ciya.com.tr


Hocapaşa Pidecisi

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Cheap

In business since 1964, this always bustling pide (Turkish pizza) joint has plenty of fans who regularly swing by to munch on tasty, crispy and piping hot pide. A top choice for cheap, filling meals with friendly, no-fuss, fast service, within easy strolling distance from Sultanahmet.

Address:
Tel: +90 212 512 0990
Website: http://www.hocapasa.com.tr


Canim Ciğerim

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Cheap

This tiny, modest cafe dishes up some of the best liver you’ll ever taste. Simple but delicious; just skewered livers served with crispy fresh salad and bread. There’s a real local vibe here, particularly during weekday lunches when workers pack into the place for their liver-fix.

Address:
Tel: +90 212 252 6060
Website: