Istanbul has a number of dining options. From stylish restaurants in the tourist-centred Sultanahmet area to the simple eateries that offer authentic Turkish food, you have a wide range of options to choose from. Some of the popular localities for dining and an evening out are listed below.
- Sultanahmet: Known for restaurants that normally cater to Western European tastes.
- Sirkeci Eminonu: This is a great area to find a bite. You can take a stroll down the Galata Bridge that's crammed with restaurants and pubs and enjoy a lovely meal with a view to match. A cheaper alternative will be the local favourite – the Istanbul fish sandwich served by the bridge.
- The Bosphorous: Dine while enjoying a view of two continents. This area is dotted with excellent sea-view restaurants, many of which specialize in seafood. You can also opt for kebaps or enjoy a variety of meze (small portions of food).
- Beyoglu: The little side-streets off Istiklal Caddesi are packed with small eateries, posh restaurants, trendy bistros, artsy cafes, and pastry-shops. A great spot for the young and a meeting point for the rich and not-so-rich.
Below is a comprehensive listing of some of the best places to drink and/ or dine in Istanbul.