Some Recommendations from Istanbul Cooking School

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What is better than spending a long evening with your friends or family, enjoying many fish or vegetable mezes and drinking a glass of Turkish Rakı (or maybe two?)…


  • Latife Hanım Meyhanesi

On a side street on Istiklal Street, very near to Taksim Square. A very stylish, old school “Meyhane”.

Istiklal Street, Bekar Sokak 22/A Beyoğlu

0212 293 00 68


  • Sofyalı

A very recommended old school meze restaurant on Galata side of the Istiklal Street.


Asmalımescit Cad. Sofyalı Sok. No:9 34430
Beyoğlu / İSTANBUL


0 533 258 16 52


  • Giritli

This “Kretan” restaurant in the old city is a true gem for all the Mediterranean Cuisine lovers.


Keresteci Hakkı Sokak (Armada Otel Yanı) Cankurtaran / Ahırkapı / İSTANBUL

0 212 458 22 70 – 71


  • Aheste Pera

A popular restaurant with modern interpretations of classic Turkish dishes. This one is one of our top recommendations. A real culinary experience.

Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Cd. 107/F, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul


Other Tips:

  • Madam Despina Meyhanesi
  • Tarihi Cumhuriyet Meyhanesi
  • Agora Meyhanesi 1890
  • Kör Agop Meyhanesi



Try those delicious spicy south eastern dishes and some Kebaps. Dont forget to try a Künefe afterwards.


  • Zübeyir Ocakbaşı

You will sit in front of the coal herd, and your kebaps will be grilled in front of you. Highly recommended.

Şehit Muhtar Mh., 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

0212 244 16 52


  • Develi Kebap

A kebap restaurant chain with 6-7 places around the city.

Hasırcılar cd. No:89 Eminönü – İstanbul
0212 512 12 61



The best places to try the Ottoman classics.


  • Hacı Abdullah

Established in 1888, probably the best atmosphere to try those Istanbul classics.

Hüseyinağa Mh., 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

0212 293 85 61


  • Konyalı

Established in 1897, a very traditional and popular restaurant.

Ankara Cad. Konyalı Han Sirkeci

0212 513 96 10


  • Deraliye Ottoman Cuisine

Right next to the Haghia Sophia, they recreate the dishes which were supposed to be tasted by the sultans only. A true culinary time travel.

Divanyolu Cad, Alemdar Mah Ticarethane Sk, No:10 Sultanahmet

0212 520 77 78


  • Asitane Restaurant

A great historic restaurant, using the original recipes of the Ottoman cooking, some of them older than 500 years.

Kariye Camii Sokak No.6 34240 Edirnekapı

0212 635 7997


Other Tips.

  • Tarihi Bankalar Lokantası in Karaköy
  • Pandeli Restoran near Spice Market
  • Kanaat Lokantası 1933 in Üsküdar



A little pricey, but great view and great dishes. Certainly worth for treating yourself every once in a while. You dont need a suit and a tie, but nicer dressing is recommended.



Rewarded as one of the best 50 restaurants in the World many times, Mikla is a great interpretation of classic Turkish cuisine.

The Marmara Pera, Meşrutiyet Caddesi 15, 34430, Beyoğlu,

0212 293 56 56



A classic in Istanbul’s nightlife. The 25 year old restaurant has great coctails, great food and beautiful bosphorus view. Especially recommended for sommer evenings.

Kuruçesme Mh., Yol Sk. Ulus Park No:2, 34345 Ulus

0212 287 03 57



What is beter than sitting next to the Bosphorus, watching the ships passing by while you enjoy a great fish meal with a glass of Turkish white wine or maybe a Rakı. The restaurants on Bosphorus are more pricey than other fish restaurants.


  • Mira Fish

Located on Arnavutköy, a beautiful fish restaurants with fresh and delicious meze all the time. The shrimps cooked with butter and calamari is highly recommended.

Bebek Arnavutköy caddesi, No: 70/1 Arnavutköy – Beşiktaş

0212 265 31 31


  • Marina Balık

Located in Kuruçeşme, right next to the sea with a great view, this restaurant is one of the best and famous fish restaurants in Istanbul.

Kuruçeşme Mahallesi, Kuruçeşme Caddesi, KuruçeşmeParkı İçi, Beşiktaş, İstanbul

0212 287 26 53


  • Çınaraltı Ortaköy

Located on the beautiful Ortaköy Square, surely one of the best Bosphorus destinations to go, this restaurant is a popular local destination of the fish lovers. UPDATE: Been there recently and food wasn’t so good. Still a great location, but now lower on the list.

İskele Meydanı No:28 Ortaköy / İstanbul

0212 227 33 81


Other Tips:

  • Turk Fatih Tutak



Some of the good vegetarian/vegan restaurants in town. For more options you can google, there are much more vegetarian options than you can imagine.


  • Bi Nevi Deli

Established in 2014, they offer only plant based meals. The meaning of the name is “some kind of crazy”

Dilhayat Sokak 10/1, Etiler, IstanbulTurkey, 34337

0212 358 60 32


For different vegetarian or vegan alternatives, take a look at the list below.



Some other stuff:

Turkish coffee: Mandabatmaz

Baklava: Güllüoğlu (Karaköy)

Breakfast: Van Kahvaltı Evi, Cesme Bazlama Kahvaltı (Nisantasi)

Asian side: Ciya (ciya sofrasi – in Kadıköy.


Great view: Leb i Derya, 360, Galata Tower Restaurant

Live Music: Babylon (Bomonti Ada), Celtic Irish Pub, Kumsaati Blues Bar

Jazz Music: Nardis Jazz Bar

Glass products: Paşabahçe shops

Boza: Tarihi Vefa Bozacısı in Vefa