Mikla has consistently enjoyed some of the best local and international reviews of any Istanbul restaurant. Situated on the rooftop of the Marmara Pera Hotel and surrounded by views of the city’s most iconic historical landmarks, the ‘New Anatolian Kitchen’ fuses old and new.
Address: Mikla, Marmara Pera, Meşrutiyet Caddesi 15, Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey. +90 212 293 5656
A longstanding Istanbul favorite, known for excellent service and a truly sophisticated and extensive wine list, Vogue offers modern, understated surroundings, and music at a low volume for those into long conversations. From its three terraces you can enjoy the lights of Bosphorus Bridge in the distance whilst you feast on a wide selection of pasta, meat and fish dishes.
Address: Akaretler Spor Cad. No:92 BJK Plaza A Blok K:1 Beşiktaş, 34357, Turkey, Istanbul. +90 212 227 4404
A visit to Ulus 29 is one of the most sought-after social and gastronomical experiences in the city. This exclusive venue, tucked away in the hill district of Ulus and far from the city center’s roaring crowds, boasts a classy but lively atmosphere. They offer a three part menu combing international avant garde recipes and classic Turkish dishes, as well as a lounge and sushi bar.
Address: Ulus 29, Ahmet Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Ulus Parki Ici 1, Ulus, Istanbul, Turkey. +90 212 358 2929
Open all week for lunch and dinner, this small neighborhood café in hip Cihangir regularly hosts a crowd of young expats and locals, particularly drawn to the little oasis of its back garden. Sunday brunches are a favorite with bohemian types, gathering around a small fountain and surrounded by beautiful hanging plants.
Address: Anahtar Sokak No.13, Cihangir, Istanbul, Turkey. +90 212 293 08 49
Opening hours: 9:00-22:00
Zuma brings Istanbul the best of Japanese cuisine in minimal and elegant interiors, and an airy outdoor terrace right beside the banks of the Bosphorus. It is modelled on the informal dining style found in izakaya establishments, serving authentic flavors and textures of Japanese culinary tradition, and of course lots of sake.
Address: Salhane Sokak No. 7, Ortaköy, Istanbul, Turkey. +90 2122362296
Pierre Loti Café
Pierre Loti Café is named after French novelist, naval officer, and lover of all things Turkish, Pierre Loti. Its location is not exactly on the tourist trail, but the commanding views of the Golden Horn are well worth the excursion. Reaching this unpretentious tea-house, adorned with 19th century furniture and serving wholesome snacks, makes for half the fun.
Address: Eyüp Merkez, Gümüşsuyu Cad. Sok. No:5, Eyüp, Istanbul, Turkey. +90 212 581 2696
Should the overly photographed tourist sights of Sultan Ahmet fail to marvel, there’s something between the eclectic and the exotic waiting just outside the city center at Zinnet Restaurant. Located within the new, and somewhat bizarre, Turkish World Culture Park, and surrounded by kitsch pavilions belonging to the world’s Turkic nations.