5 best restaurants in Istanbul
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Straight out of a fairy tale
There’s always been plenty of the exotic, and the magical, in Istanbul. One of those places is Maiden’s Tower, standing on the Bosphorus where Asia and Europe meet. With a history stretching back over 2,500 years, and a wealth of legends to keep you fascinated, the tower is the ultimate traveller’s treat. Today, it is one of the city’s most remarkable restaurants, attracting guests for three meals a day, and offering some of the best views of the Marmara Sea.
Salacak Mevkii, Üsküdar, Istanbul
Tel: +90 216 342 4747 www.kizkulesi.com.tr
A tradition of Turkish cuisine
You’re in Istanbul so do as the locals do. Borsa’s been around since 1927, and, even today, straddles the world of fine dining. With several branches to choose from, there should be one near your hotel, so make a booking and enjoy traditional Turkish cuisine at its most authentic. The experienced team are also well-skilled at giving the old a new twist so expect a constantly changing menu. And their plating skills are unparalleled!
İstinye Park AVM, İstinye Baytırı Cad. No: İstinye – Sarıyer –İstanbul
Tel: + 212 345 53 33 / 34 www.borsarestaurants.com
Tel: +90 212 635 7997 www.asitanerestaurant.com
True taste is timeless
Asitan takes its name from one of the many nom de plumes which Istanbul was known as during the Ottoman Empire. But that’s not where the history ends. Overlooking the Golden Horn, and perched in the Edirnekapı foothills, the restaurant is located in the most atmospheric parts of Istanbul. Even better, you can take your taste buds on a trip through the centuries, with over 450 ancient sweet and savoury recipes, prepared according to 500-year-old cooking methods.
Kariye Camii Sokak No. 6, 34240 Edirnekapı
Kebab shop extraordinaire
With over 17 million inhabitants in Istanbul, and almost as many kebab houses, you’ll get vastly different opinions as to which one is the best. Whilst it is true that if you venture into the outer neighbourhoods, you are likely to find the more authentic houses, this one is right on your doorstep. Situated in touristy Sultanahmet, the succulent kebabs are grilled to perfection, complemented by pistachios or aubergine. Certainly, a thick slice above your local kebab shop!
Ticarethane Sokak 39/41, Divan Yolu
Tel: + 90 212519 5959 www.khorasanirestaurant.com
Sunset Grill & Bar
The best restaurant in Istanbul
It’s not just us that think so. Influential guides like Time Out, Zagat and a long parade of celebrities and statesmen have taken a table and left happy. The Sunset, as the name suggests, enjoys spectacular views of the Bosphorus Bridge, and is your number one destination for romancing your love! The food is equally as seductive, serving local and international food with a Japanese influence. And the wine? As rare as they come!
Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Yol Sokak No.2, Ulus Park
Tel: +90 212 287 0357 www.sunsetgrillbar.com