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Local: Go to the upcoming Karaköy area for an amazing organic/ locally sourced breakfast at Naif Restaurant. Hotspot: Walk on the bike path in Sariyer to eat at the famous Sütiş or walk along the Bosphorus in Arnavutköy/ Rumelihisari area and indulge at Lokma. (Watch Anthony Bordain at Lokma)


Local: Try typical meat dishes in Sirkeci at Kasap Osman or Şehzade Cağ Kebabı who have both been cooking in the same place, with the same style for 50 years. Also find “home food” like delicious olive oil vegetable dishes of all sorts or typical “kuru fasulye” which is beans and rice. Hotspot: For a diamond in the rough, eat a gourmet lunch at close by Can Oba in Sirkeci. For a good steak or burger also in the area, try Lucky Texans opened by a Turkish man who is an ex- Miami restauranteur.


Local: Stay close to home and eat at Tazé Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Barbera Hotel. For the freshest fish go to Kumkapi which is the largest fish market, also Balıkçı Sabahattin. Select your fish direct from the fishermen and they will grill it for you at a neighboring restaurant. For great sushi try Ioki, and head to Hamdi around the corner or Uludağ in Florya for the ultimate meat kebab.

Hotspot: The area of Karaköy has all of the new hot spot restaurants. Try Colonie or Lokanta Maya for international and Turkish styles. Duble Meze Bar and Tazé Tapas Bar & Restaurant for small plates and wine or raki. Nusret is a famous steakhouse in the busy Etiler area. Also near to Barbera Hotel you can find Munferit or 10 Karaköy’s slow food restaurant, Rudolf. For the best fish and vıew ın the mıddle of the Bosphorus Strait, take a 5-minute ferry from Kuruçeşme to the island Suada for G-Balik. Also, book ahead for sushi on the Bosphorus at Nobu’s sister restaurant, Zuma.