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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul
"Our tour begins at the ancient Hippodrome where thousands of spectators were entertained and kept happy by the chariot races. The historic Sultanhamet Mosque or now known as the Blue Mosque due to its magnificent interior filled with blue Iznik tiles is we will navigate through the labyrinth of streets and passages that are home to more than 3000 shops known as the Grand Bazaar. Make sure you have practiced your bartering skills. After looking Grand Bazaar you will have a chance to rest and you will get to experience traditional Turkish tea or coffee and a popular Turkish pastry called borek all while enjoying the ancient practice of hookah at a favorite local hangout. You will then make your way to one of immediately you feel the energy in the air. Your senses will be filled with bright colors and powerful aromas of the exotic spices that will surround you. Istanbul is a city that has a rich religious history and now is composed of many different religion this church has been the location of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and is recognized as the spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Religion. Your day concludes with an old world cultural experience like no other city has to offer. Your churches and synagogues that date back to the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Further to witnessing the local's life thereYou end the tour with a ferry back to Eminonu
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Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour in Istanbul
"Depart your old city accommodations at 8:30am and visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Market). Built between 1597 and 1664 it is the second oldest covered bazaar in the city. There you will find mystical smells of different aromas of various spices shops selling fruits vegetables flowers fish and more.After visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque. Mimar Sinan built this mosque in 1560 for Rüstem Pasha
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Bosphorus and Golden Horn Full Day Tour in Istanbul
"Begin this full-day excursion with a stroll around Pierre Loti Hill. Hop on a cable car and let it take you to another world where the ancient Byzantine walls of Constantinople the Chora Church and the Castle of Seven Towers awaits. Learn about the history of this centuries-old metropolis and how it functioned as both the capital of the eastern Roman empire and as the head of the Ottoman empire. Then board the boat and cruise aroun making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents; this romantic cruise along the Bosphorus allows you to admire the Dolmabahce Plalace the Beylerbeyi Palace the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress ancient wooden villas and bridges and all the wonderful and unige maritime landscapes."
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Hamdi Tips (12)

Hamdi: great dinner

Their food is unbelievably good.

I had meze, raki and then kebabs.

All the customers were Turkish when we were there.

As a bonus you'll get a wonderful view over the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.

Favorite Dish Everything!!!

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iaint
Aug 12, 2015

Hamdi: Over rated

Reviews claimed it to be an upscale restaurant, it is not. Medium scale. Service was exceptionally rude, tried to discourage us from eating there's do provide us with rushed, almost offense, service. The food wasn't that great to warrant their rankings.

rsnead1110
Jul 02, 2015

Hamdi: Tasting Kebab Specialties

Hamdi is one of the well known kebab restaurants in Istanbul. The menu provides a variety of specialties. If you can find a place in the terrace (reservation suggested) which overlooks Galata Bridge, you will enjoy the delicious kebabs while you fall in love with the Istanbul silhoutte. Leave some room for the desserts too.

Favorite Dish Fistikli Kebap (Kebab with pistacchio) is my favorite dish. If you like eggplant, they have many nice kebabs with it. Domatesli Kebap (Kebab with tomatoes) is another favorite of mine.

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muratkorman
Dec 22, 2012

Hamdi: "Experience your food"

My first acquaintance with Hamdi was in a book of Murat Belge, Istanbul Gezi Rehberi. He wrote that it was a small kebap restaurant for the shop owners around Egyptian Bazaar, Tahtakale… Let me explain something here. We call these special restaurants which serve only for shop owners as “esnaf lokantasi” and it is a rule that these restaurants have really good meal, because they have to satisfy the same customers everyday. This rule can be applied anywhere in Turkey. I use it in my Turkey trips and never experienced an exception.
In this book I mentioned, writer told that this restaurant was quite small but serving delicious kebabs. It had reputation and grew bigger. Success changed this modest kebap vendor into a luxurious restaurant.
Now it is a huge building with 3 floors in Eminonu Square. This success story could be impressive but people know both faces of Hamdi can prefer the old and small one. I cannot tell you the difference between the old and new Hamdi’s. But I can recommend you its dishes. I had a Beyti kebab, lahmacun, and tried a piece of Adana (this name is registered, so you can’t see Adana Kebap in the menu. It was Birecik Kebab or something like this.) of my friend. As an experienced red meat and kebab eater, I must admit that their kebabs are one of the best kebabs I ever ate.
So, go to this prize-winner restaurant. Let the people in front of the building lead you. There is an awesome terrace over the building. Try to make a reservation (you can make it online) or go there out of lunch or dinner hours to have a good table with view. (View is Galata Bridge, Galata Tower, Golden Horn, Yeni Cami, Karakoy…) Then, have some appetizers, but not much. You’ll need to save some empty space in your stomach for kebab. Order the kebab you picked. Wait till you are free from other tastes; prepare yourself for the first bite. Put a piece of kebab into your mouth. Squeeze it. Smell it. Enjoy it and learn how a kebab should taste like actually.

ozalp
Apr 04, 2011
 
 
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Hamdi: Food excellent, way overpriced !!!!!

Located near the new mosque and the spice market. This restaurant has great food and good and speedy service but the price are thru the roof......we had lamb kehbab at $15 Lira.....which is fine when we got the plate, it had 4 small chunks of lamb, for $15 lira....way over priced. It would take 3 or 4 plates to have a full meal.....recommend it for the food, but be aware of the prices

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jlanza29
Mar 25, 2011

Hamdi: Kebab Restaurants

Hamdi used to be a very very nice kebab restaurant. But to be honest and as a local from Istanbul it is not one of the places I prefer anymore.

1. and most importantly got sick from the food there twice. On the second occasion, my father who has a great stomach got sick also.

2. The service is not good at all anymore.

My preferred kebab restaurants are the following:

Adana Yuzevler

or

Adana Dostlar

of

Gunaydin

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aishaa_03
Dec 22, 2009

Hamdi: Eat meat!

I am not realy a meart person but when its abbut kebab I can not say no.
Hamdi restaurant is a traditional kebap restaurant where you can eat lots of varios kebab
very good quality. You must do a reservation for sure because its always crowded.
Ask for window table to not miss also the beautifull view of old Istanbul!

Favorite Dish Alinazik , beyti kebab and meat with yoghourt

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magnafantagna
Nov 17, 2009

Hamdi Lokantasi: Introductory to turkish cuisine

A good variety of turkish dishes in a tourisitc illustrated version.
Food is good. View is breathtaking. All clients are tourists.
Do come here on your first night in Istanbul. It can be the ideal welcome.
Next nights try to discover the genuine eateries for turkish food.

Favorite Dish It is called Kunefe, it is actually a dessert, with goatcheese covered by this special pastrylike nuddles, poured with syrup and all this in the oven. It is served warm and it is splendid!

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Aug 31, 2008

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Hamdi Restorant: Brilliant Kebabs

For the best Kebabs in Istanbul, I guess one needs to head here. Sit on the top floor on the terrace or near the glass wall and enjoy a great view of the Galata Tower as u feast on the kebabs. Every kebab is worth a go.

Favorite Dish The Pistachio Kebab is something I had for the first time and really fell in love with it.

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anujalia
Feb 12, 2008

Hamdi: Good meat

Hamdi, just west of the Egyptian (Spice) Market, is among Istanbul's most highly-regarded restaurants for meat dishes. They serve chicken, a bit of fish, and you can always get a few vegetarian dishes, but meats, mostly grilled, are the specialty.

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traveloturc
Dec 27, 2006

hamdi restaurant: Just great food

This is another good local resaturant We was taken here by Gokce for a superb mix of varied dishes. The views are excellent here overlooking the bosphorus and the bright lights of the asian side. was sooo busy talking that i am not sure what i was eating but it sure tasted good :-))) well honesty is the best policy right !!! :-))

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mikkie50
Oct 18, 2006

Hamdi: Views across Istanbul

If you can get to the terrace of this restaurant you won't be disappointed, in my opinion the best views across Istanbul by far. Kebabs are gorgeous and don't miss the baklava

Favorite Dish Mixed Kebab and Baklava

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clouds111
Jul 07, 2007

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Getting to Hamdi

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Rustem Pasa Mh., Kalcin Sok 17

Hours

  • Sunday 11:30 to 00:00
  • Monday 11:30 to 00:00
  • Tuesday 11:30 to 00:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 to 00:00
  • Thursday 11:30 to 00:00
  • Friday 11:30 to 00:00
  • Saturday 11:30 to 00:00

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