Boasting some of the best preserved monuments of the ancient world, beautiful mosques, and a temperate climate for most of the year, it is no surprise that Turkey’s sprawling capital draws millions of tourists every year. Many local eateries will be happy to invite you make the best of a warm summer day with a meal al fresco. Here we review some of the best places to enjoy Istanbul’s wide range of flavors in the warm Turkish sunshine.
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
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