Tophane is a relatively small area located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul on the banks of the Bosporus river. At the time of the Ottoman Empire, this was one of the city’s main industrial zones due to its strategic location. In more recent times, the Beyoğlu district and, with it, the area of Tophane, has seen a surge of creative influx and has become an artistic center of Istanbul. Today, there are a variety of great shops, bars and restaurants in the area – here’s our guide to the top 10 places to grab a bite to eat.
Tophane Kebapcisi may not look like much from the outside (or, for that matter, from the inside) but the food is tasty and well-made and the welcoming staff are always enthusiastic and friendly. Tophane Kebapcisi mainly offers kebabs and other Turkish meals to eat in or on the go and also caters for vegetarian diets.
Address & telephone number: Boğazkesen Cad. No.15, 34425 Beyoğlu, Istanbul, +90 (212) 244 11 78
Kulinata only opened in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district in 2013 but has already made a great impact on locals and tourists alike. The interior is charming with quaint, red and white checkered tablecloths on the tables, while the outdoor terrace surrounded by bright painted murals is great on sunny days (though perhaps best avoided in the height of Istanbul’s scorching summers). Food here is fresh and home-made and there is an abundance of vegetarian options to eat in or take away. All of the fresh, wholesome ingredients are laid out behind a glass-fronted counter so you can pick and choose exactly what you want.
Address & telephone number: Lüleci Hendek Cad. No.21, 34425 Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 (212) 293 11 06
Tophane Dürümcüsü’s décor is an interesting blend of 1950s America and traditional Turkish dining establishments, with black and white checkered floor tiles and red upholstered tall stools contrasting with the Turkish carpets that are hanging from the walls. The food, however, is decidedly Turkish, with dishes including classic chicken or lamb kebabs, rice dishes and traditional soups. The restaurant is small but is perfectly formed and the shop front lets out onto one of Tophane’s bustling streets, so you can people watch to your heart’s content while enjoying an obligatory Turkish kebab in the country’s biggest city.
Address & telephone number: Boğazkesen Cad. No: 15, 34200 Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 (212) 244 11 78