4 Best Restaurants in Istanbul Turkey You Must Visit

If you're confused about where to start, here are 4 of the best restaurant recommendations in Istanbul Turkey!
10 Jun 2022 · By Ayurizka Purwadhania

A visit to Istanbul, Turkey, is incomplete if you haven't explored the culinary and special foods here. In Istanbul, you will be spoiled by the various food and beverage outlets perched along the road. If you're confused about where to start, here are 4 of the best restaurant recommendations in Istanbul, Turkey!

1. Hayri Usta Ocakbaşı

Kebabs at Hayri Usta Ocakbaşı
Kebabs at Hayri Usta Ocakbaşı

This hidden cafe on a side street near Taksim Square is one of the best kebab shops in Istanbul.

Fitted with rustic wooden benches and exposed brick, this humble local tavern serves delicious kebabs and accompaniments. For a few bucks, you'll get a plate filled with bazlama (flatbread) and a few skewers of chicken or beef seasoned with sumac, bulgur pilaf, and a fresh salad of parsley, onions, and seasonal greens.

2. Aqua Dining, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul in Sultanahmet

The Turkish Afternoon Tea at Aqua Dining
The Turkish Afternoon Tea at Aqua Dining
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One of Four Season Istanbul's most famous menus at Dining Aqua is The Afternoon Tea set. There are two tea set options — traditional and Turkish — and a blended option, Turkish tea being the local choice. In addition to tea or coffee (with refills), the meal also includes savory snacks, sweets, and scones or muffins. Turkish savory snacks include cheesecake and pies, sweets are usually fruit tarts and baklava, and scones or muffins topped with homemade Turkish jam.

3. Privato Cafe

Turkish Breakfast at Privato Cafe
Turkish Breakfast at Privato Cafe

Cafe Privato is the only place you can find an authentic koy kahvaltisi menu or a traditional Turkish breakfast.

The breakfast set includes several different types of cheese and Turkish bread; delicious fresh bread; a selection of homemade jams; Turkish and Georgian hot pastries; fresh eggs; marinated olives and salads; Turkish butter. Don't forget the tea, coffee, fresh juice, and homemade lemonade served in carved glasses and cups.

4. St. Regis Brasserie

Buffet at St. Regis Brasserie
Buffet at St. Regis Brasserie

St. Regis Brasserie in Nisantasi offers a chic and minimalist indoor bar and a green terrace for outdoor dining on sunny days.

One of the local favorites is the manti or Turkish meat dumpling, served with yogurt, mint, chili flakes and tomato sauce. In addition, there are also Kofte which are meatballs served with rice and grilled vegetables.

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