The Green Corner is an outdoor restaurant on the western side of Hagia Sophia which allows customers to sit on Turkish pillows and smoke water pipes for as long as they like. In warm weather, this is the perfect place to have lunch. The food is simple but good. And the prices are decent.
I was just having a walk and a felt hungry. When I had a look at the meet they were backing and felt the smell of it my mouth start watering. So, I stopped by and had a duner and airian.
I have been told that Kizilkaya is very well known fast food cafeteria and there is another Kizilkaya cafeteria onTaksim square.
Tosted sandwich: 1.5YTL
Hamburger: 1.5 YTL
Orange juice(fresh): 2.5YTL
Apple juice(fresh): 2.5YTL
Tea (turkish): 0.5YTL
Favorite Dish: So, here is a small tip for Americans :)
Duner is the Turkish version of burrito.
Airian is a beverage made out of yoghurt and water.
I would highly recommend that menu to everyone who wants to taste the local cuisine and safe some money at the same time :)))
When you visit Yerebatan Sarnici (Basilica Cistern) Museum on your way out you will see the Cistern Cafe. It is actually inside of the museum, so you could have a cup of coffee, tea or whatever while you enjoy the beautiful sight and the enchanting atmosphere of the Basilica Cistern.
I bet it would be a good option to have your coffee there in a hot summer day :)))
Favorite Dish: Well I had just a cup of cacao, I think... it was good :)
If you are going to Taksim to indulge in the local nightlife, stop at Turk Is before or after. The prices are cheap and the food is great. They make their own bread, which is awesome. This is a very basic eatery, but I really enjoyed the food.
Favorite Dish: The Adana Kebob is good and so is the Turkish pizza.
Haci Bozan Ogullari baklavaci in Ordu Caddesi – Laleli (Merkez) is tiny sweet shop & confectionery. It is the only one of several Haci Bozan Ogullari sweet shops we've visited, so we can not say anything about the others, but that one is amazing.
Favorite Dish: Many kinds of gorgeous Turkish sweets are offered in Haci Bozan Ogullari: dolama, baklava, kadaif, saray sarmasi…
To eat at Pandeli is like taking a step back in time. Pandeli first opened his restaurant in Eminonu in 1901. The full scale restaurant of the same name is now located in the Spice Bazaar. Ottoman stone and turquoise tiles adorn the walls and floor as they did hundreds of years ago; the views of the Golden Horn from the windows and the calls to prayer from the mosques nearby; and the sights and smells of the Spice Bazaar outside make the atmosphere here almost magical. Almost 70 different dishes grace the menu, including chicken, fish and meat doors. Lunch at Pandeli's is a must for anyone traveling to Istanbul.
Open only for lunch, 11:30am to 3:30pm.
Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays and Religious Holidays. Full bar. Pandeli offers inside seating capacity of 120 persons Large groups are welcome but advance notice and reservations are required.
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Cash are accepted as payment.
Favorite Dish: Borek,Stuffed grape leafs,Eggplant salad.
Ozsut is a pudding shop chain of Turkey .you can have light milky turkish sweets and puddings.Cheap and health.Taste turkish puddings(Keskul,Kazandibi,Asure,Tavuk gogsu,Profiterol,Muhallebi,Sutlac.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is Kazandibi.It is burned valilla puding.It s delicous.Try it once.And yo will rate my page 10 :)If you want to sweety thing in Turkey yu can find this shop anywhere.
Cennet is a traditional Turkish restaurant offering its customers a unique dining experience. Women dressed in traditional Turkish clothes make bread in the center of the restaurant. The rest of the food is made upstairs and lowered down by a rope through a hole in the ceiling. Customers can either sit on pillows or tiny chairs. There are also musicians who will sing and dance, often inviting customers to join in on the fun. They will often perform outside the restaurant to attract more customers. Bring a camera.
Favorite Dish: The food is good, but not excellent. Try the Adana Kebab. The atmosphere is the main reason for going there.
Afacan is one of many self service restaurants in Istiklal Caddesi, long and the most prominent pedestrian zone in Istanbul. We suppose that such restaurants are very unusual for European and American travelers, cause they are a bit unusual even for us, from Balkans. But such restaurants offer very good food in rather pleasant, common ambiance.
Favorite Dish: Sarma is good choice for those curious to taste Turkish food. For the others turkey (bird) meat would be fine.
As the Restaurant Özler was located just across the street from our hotel, we met here quite a few times in the late evening for a beer, which with 7 TYR was reasonably priced. One evening we even enjoyed dinner here.
The restaurant has indoor seatings on several floors. At the top of the building a completely covered rooftop terrace can be found. It is equipped with large cushions as seats. Outdoor seating is available as well, but wasn't really an option in December.
The menu offers a variety of Turkish meals from fish and meat dishes to all sorts of kebaps. I ordered the lamb shish (kuzu sis) for 25 TYR.
As starters our group shared the mixed starters plate (ordovr tabagi, 20 TYR) and yoghurt with cucumber (cacik, 8 TYR). Everything was tasty, so that I was quite satisfied with my choice.
Sometimes you are tired for walking around and you are tired of eating and maybe spending too muchIstanbul offers you many small cafes on the boshorus.This are very small cafes situated in very small but original places of istanbul. You can spend your time drinking only one tea ( 2-3USD) and enjoy the bosphorus the seagulls the boats on the boshorus and specially the breeze that you need in hot summer days .
Cinaralti(It means under the sycamore) is a very famous cafe of "Cayhane" under the sycamore trees in Cengelkoy ( asian side) Its famous for brunches in the weekends .
Turkistan Asevi proudly claims to be an "authentic Turkestan restaurant." After dining there twice, I cannot argue. The restaurant is in a restored 18th century Ottoman house, right at the southeastern edge of the Hippodrome. You can either sit inside or outside. Inside, it is decorated like a traditional Turkish home with carpets and kilims everywhere. The menu varies little from other Turkish restaurants, with kebobs dominating the menu. Turkish pizza is a great meatless alternative. Water pipes are available.
Favorite Dish: Try the Turkish pizza. It is small and cheap, so you can either order several of them or just one as an appetizer.
It is turkish local junk food.Well it is not junk but it is fast food.Easy to have and chep to pay.
Think a a pastry square or oval and they put in cheese,spinach,minced meat,potatoes and bake it on a open oven.In villages it is cooking on the wood fire in the cities cooking with LPG fire.Some places put more grease on it.Say "Yaghsiz" no grease if you want.If you are vegetarian chooese the chese or spinach one.
Taste is yummy.:You can find it anywhere especially in Ortakoy,Sultanahmet (toristical places)
cost is about 1,5ytl.
If you decide to take a trip to Asian side of Istanbul, Cafe Ti Amo is a good place to eat. It is crowded with locals during the day. It looks more like a McDonalds, but the food is really good and the prices are cheap.
Favorite Dish: The best place in Istanbul for Adana kebob.
When it comes to food made of intestines I only eat chicken liver (rarely) in Sweden.
But in Turkey I had both Kokorec and Iskembe Soup.
Kokorec: Sandwich with meat from the sheep intestine (the long things). It's mixed with tomatoes and spices.
Iskembe soup: Soup made of sheep stomach. Added to the soup is fried butter, garlic sauce, lemon and red pepper.
I don't know if I like these things (I don't dislike it though), but the taste is different and interesting. I can imagine that it is food you can miss if you are used to it and didn't have it for a long time.
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