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The 10 Best Restaurants In Sisli, Istanbul
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The 10 Best Restaurants In Sisli, Istanbul

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Istanbul, the melting pot for European and Middle Eastern cultures, is a city of mystery. It is teeming with ancient history and tales of an exotic past: head to Sisli and you will find dozens of exciting restaurants offering modern takes on traditional Turkish cuisine. Here are 10 of the best.
Snacks at the bar| Courtesy of Delicatessen
Snacks at the bar | Courtesy of Delicatessen
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Delicatessen

Delicatessen is a western-influenced local restaurant in the district of Nisantasi. You may first be overwhelmed by how busy the bar is but then you’ll see why everyone’s here: the atmosphere is electric, the food is fantastic and their wine selection is unrivaled.

Address: Mim Kemal Öke Cad. No:19, Şişli, Turkey +90 212-225-0604

Anatolian Turkish Grill | Courtesy of Nisantasi Kosebasi
Anatolian Turkish Grill | Courtesy of Nisantasi Kosebasi
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Nisantasi Kosebasi

Surrounded by retail, Nisantasi Kosebasi is an ideal pit stop to try some high standard, local Turkish food. Mezze are small dishes served with alcohol, enjoyed before mains such as traditional Turkish kebaps and pita. The beautifully-seasoned lamb melts in your mouth, deliciously complimented by soft bread and tangy sauces. A good selection of wine together with a relaxing environment makes this a perfect place for chilling with friends or even for special occasions.

Address: Bronz Sok. No:5 Maçka Nişantaşı, Şişli -Istanbul +90 212-230-3868

Breakfast: Menemen l © Paul Keller/Flickr
Breakfast: Menemen l | © Paul Keller/Flickr
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Van Kahvalti Evi

Van Kahvalti Evi is a popular brunch place. It offers a wide range of breakfast menus from menemen, (a traditional Turkish dish with eggs, onion and tomato) to gözleme (a Turkish style pastry made of flatbread). Wash these delicacies down with a cup of çay (Turkish tea) or Türk Kahvesi (Turkish Coffee).

Address: Kılıçali Paşa Mh., Defterdar Ykş. No:52, Turkey +90 212-293-6437

Turkish coffee in Istanbul l © Tema/WikiCommons
Turkish coffee in Istanbul l | © Tema/WikiCommons
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Aşşk Kahve

Aşşk Kahve provides comprehensive menus for breakfast and bunch. Specializing in coffee, it is situated in a perfect location (along the coast of Kurucesme) where diners can start their day with Turkish breakfast and a magnificent sea view in the green garden. It attracts a lot of people not only for breakfast but also for lunch and dinners. While it offers local food, international menus and organic food are the best choices at Aşşk Kahve.

Address: Kuruçeşme Mh., Muallim Naci Caddesi No:64,Turkey +90 212-265-4734

Istanbul : Canım Ciğerim (liver kebap) l © tomislav medak/Flickr
Istanbul : Canım Ciğerim (liver kebap) l | © tomislav medak/Flickr
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CanIm Cigerim

CanIm Cigerim has a simple menu, mostly consisting of kebabs, skewers and side dishes. Lamb of the highest quality is roasted with onion, served with pepper and tomatoes, creating a sophisticated, multi-layered taste. Using handpicked olives to produce olive oil is the best proof of CanIm Cigerim’s sincerity and commitment to Turkish grill and is what helps it stand apart from similar restaurants.

Address: Asmalı Mescit Mh., Minare Sk. No:1, Turkey +90-212-245-7777

Vedat Tek Evi, Nişantası (now Yekta Restaurant) l © Lambiam/WikiCommons
Vedat Tek Evi, Nişantası (now Yekta Restaurant) l | © Lambiam/WikiCommons
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Yekta Restaurant

Yekta Restaurant is an old style place in Nisantasi. Not many people notice it but it is definitely a place you don’t want to miss, as it provides a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere for dining with family and friends. The classic appearance and traditional style of food is perfect for an authentic Turkish experience. It is convenient and easy to find as it is not far away from Ramada Plaza and Harbiye Military Museum.

Address: ValikonagI Caddesi No:39/1 NisantasI, Istanbul, Turkey +90 212-296-1112

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Adana Ocakbasi

Adana Ocakbasi is highly rated for its delicious Adana kebabs. While it has a wide range of meats for you to choose from, Adana beef kebab is recommended. This kebab is named Adana after the fifth largest city in Turkey and, unlike the Doner kebab, is made from minced rather than sliced lamb.

Address: Bozkurt Mh., 34375 İstanbul, Turkey +90 212-247-143

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Shishly Cafe & Bistro

Shishly Cafe & Bistro believes ‘Passion is People’. It is committed to crafting food based on customers needs with passion and enthusiasm. Upon entering the sleek, modern interiors you’ll be surprised at the reasonable prices on the menus! It has a diverse variety of food, incorporating Italian recipes with local ingredients, not to mention an impressive collection of cocktails including one of the most-reviving Bloody Marys in town!

Address: Abide-i Hürriyet Cd No:122, 34381 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey +90 212-234-6410

Baked Turkish rice pudding (firinda sütlaç) l © Sandstein/WikiCommons
Baked Turkish rice pudding (firinda sütlaç) l | © Sandstein/WikiCommons
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Goreme Muhallebicisi

Love desserts? Want to indulge your sweet tooth the Turkish way? Then this is the place for you! Try some of the traditional and very sweet desserts at Goreme Muhallebicisi, such as muhallebi (a blancmange-like, creamy dessert) or Damla Sakızlı Sütlaç (rice pudding made with gum mastic).

Address: Kurtuluş Cd. No:60 Şişli-İstanbul +90 212-246-5367

Doner kebab l © KuanTing Wu/Flickr
Doner kebab l | © KuanTing Wu/Flickr
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Karadeniz Pide ve Döner Salonu

Karadeniz Pide ve Döner Salonu is located around the shopping area in central Beşiktaş and its döner kebab is one of the best in Istanbul. Unsurprisingly then, the queue is always long. But take your place, have a chat to the locals and before you know it you’ll be tucking in to the perfect kebab: thinly-sliced, juicy, locally sourced lamb in soft, white pittas. It’s only open a few hours a day, so plan your visit carefully.

Address: Mumcu Bakkal Sk. No:6, 34353 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey +90 212-261-7693