Discover Istanbul: Famous Restaurants You Should Visit

There are many restaurants in Istanbul offering a sumptuous variety of cuisine from traditional Turkish to modern Japanese. Each restaurant below is great destination not only because of their delicious food, but also because of the authentic experience they offer.

Nusr-et

Nusr-et is the best steakhouses in Istanbul. This restaurant can be described as meat lovers’ paradise thanks to its wide selection of delicious meat such as lamb T-bone, T-bone steak, lamb chops and other varieties of the red meat. The meats have specific names at Nusr-et like ‘lokum’ (Turkish delight) and ‘ceviz’ (walnut).

Sunset

Sunset is located on the hills of Ulus and has one of the greatest views over Istanbul. The food at Sunset is very delicious mixture of international cuisine and Turkish dishes. It also has Sushi Bar where the food is cooked by Japanese chefs, trained in their homeland. If you are not a sushi person, you can order other appetizers including foie gras on mandarin brioche, octopus carpaccio or salmon tartar.

Mikla

Mikla is a sleek and stylish restaurant located on the roof top floor of the the Marmara Pera hotel. Mika has a funky retro style with chrome 70’s and 50’s furniture and a stunning wooden rail-sleepers bar. With its outstanding food, breathtaking view towards Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace, proper service and inspiring music, Mikla is one of the best restaurants in Istanbul.

Bambi

If you are around Taksim Square and looking for a quick bite, you definitely should visit Bambi. It’s a humble establishment but famous with its freshly sliced döner kebab and freshly squeezed orange juice. It’s open 24/7 and prices are very acceptable.

Zencefil

If you are vegetarian you can still taste amazing dishes during your visit and Zencefil is one of the best 100% vegetarian restaurants in Istanbul. Zencefil is a lovely restaurant with colorful atmosphere. Its menu changes daily and for your non-vegetarian friends there is only one meat dish on it.

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