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Vefa Bozacısı is a unique spot serving the traditional drink fermented drink of Boza. It’s a simple istanbul winter tradition, served in its authentic setting for years. IDeally you would purchase chickpeas from the store across the street and have them with your boza.


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Siirt Seref Buryan Kebap Salonu

Siirt Şeref Büryan Kebap Salonu

Kadinlar Pazari, a pleasant, pedestrianised square in the Fatih neighbourhood, is the closest Istanbul has to a “little Kurdistan”. This superb restaurant specialises in büryan kebab; a kind of Turkish version of the Texas pit barbecue. A side of a small lamb is slowly cooked over coals in a deep hole in the ground, resulting in exceptionally tender meat covered in a thin layer of crackling, crunchy fat.

Be sure to also try the perde pilavi, a fragrant peppery pilaf made of rice, chicken, almonds and currants wrapped in a thin pastry shell and baked until the exterior turns golden and flaky. And their homemade ayran.
• Itfaiye Caddesi 4, Fatih, +90 212 635 8085, , mains TL10 (£4). Open 10am-11pm daily


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Taşhan in Laleli used to be in a worn out state up until the 1980’s. Restoration began in 1991 and completed in 2000’s. Following the restoration it has its place among the jewels of Istanbul.

The Taş Han is among the many hans that surround the historical quarter. You can have coffee in its courtyard or check out the restaurant down the stairs which is placed in a thousand year old Byzantine cistern now a luxury restaurant:

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Bereketzade Mah. Hacı Ali Sk. No:2
Kuledibi – Beyoğlu / İSTANBUL
Tel: 0212 252 53 46



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Banyan is a story of love
and passion for food,
for exotic tastes,
for sharing..
World tastes are creatively blended with Asian spices to create uniquely delicious recipes.
Banyan Ortaköy, Muallim Naci Caddesi Salhane Sokak 3

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Cukurcuma is a formerly neglected neighbourhood which has recently been swept up in Cihangir’s breakneck gentrification. In some ways, Cukurcuma 49, a split-level former workshop of bare brick, glass and wood, seems to be the inevitable result of the new aesthetic, yet somehow it retains its own charm. Perhaps it’s the thin-crust pizzas, made from fresh Turkish ingredients, or perhaps it’s because it serves its own wine, bottled especially on the small Aegean island of Bozcaada. Either way, attention to detail triumphs over pretension.
• Turnacibaşi sokak 49/A, Cihangir, +90 212 249 0048

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Cafe Smyrna, a former antique shop, embodies leafy, literary Cihangir’s laid-back, old-fashioned style: tables are shaded from the street by plants and awnings, and the bar is a jumble of furniture and standing lamps. Beloved of writers, thespians and the neighbourhood’s foreign journalists and expats, Smyrna’s outdoor tables, under the plane trees that line the streets, are a lovely place to while away an evening, drink in hand.
• Akarsu Caddesi 29, Cihangir, +90 212 244 2466

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Susam Sokak (Sesame Street) is one of Istanbul’s most charming nooks, in the heart of the leafy, literary Cihangir neighbourhood, and this effortlessly friendly local cafe, which buzzes on weekend evenings, is a destination in itself. A mixed bunch of regulars – from local hipsters to foreign newspaper hacks – people the bar, sucking down good cocktails, such as its famous Egeli Mojito (Aegean Mojito), on mismatched furniture in the sitting room-like interior. Most, however, come to soak up the atmosphere on the cafe’s street-side terrace.
• Susam Sokak 11, Cihangir, +90 212 251 5995


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Urban is a fantastic bar-cum-cafe tucked away in a sidestreet between the Galatasaray Lisesi (high school) and Galatasaray hamam. In summer, tables spill out onto the street, covered by a çarşaf (a sun shade made of trellised vines and ivy) and are thronging with Beyoğlu’s boho set, sipping on ice-cold Efes Pilsen. A rare patch of calm in the beating heart of Istanbul, it livens up as the sun sets. Winter brings people into the cosy, old-fashioned, faintly Parisian interior, with a mezzanine and bar – the perfect place to curl up with a book and while away the hours with a beer.
• Istiklal Caddesi, Kartal Sokak 6, +90 212 252 1325,