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The Best Brunch Spots In Istanbul, Turkey
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The Best Brunch Spots In Istanbul, Turkey

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Updated: 27 November 2016
The breathtaking city of Istanbul is one that sits on a fascinating border between Europe and Asia. Accordingly, the vibrant food scene is influenced by both continents and showcases its flavors with stunning effect. Here is a list of 10 of the best brunch spots in the city.
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Gezi Istanbul

This chic establishment is modeled after a traditional Austrian bakery, French patisserie and Belgian chocolaterie to offer you an elegant European experience with a Turkish twist. The pastries on offer make for a decadent start to the day or mid-morning snack. The team are committed to serving you high quality and fresh handmade sweets. In the brasserie section of the restaurant, you can also enjoy burgers and salads.

Gezi Istanbul, İnönü Caddesi No:5, Taksim/İstanbul, Turkey, +90 212 292 5353

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Cafe Firuz

You’ll be faced with a near impossible choice when perusing the mouth-watering brunch and breakfast options on offer in Cafe Firuz. The breakfast menu consists of egg dishes, bagels, a grilled platter, a cheese platter, and cooked breakfasts among other choices. Their lunch menu also offers an array of sandwiches and wraps. Our particular recommendation would be the ‘Hot Chicken Sandwich’. Open seven days a week, you can always be sure of a warm welcome, a full stomach and an excellent start to the day at Cafe Firuz.

Cafe Fiuz, Defterdar Yokuşu 55, Firuzağa, Cihangir, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 252 0241

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Giritli Idilika

This intimate and authentically Turkish dining venue is perfect for those seeking authentic culture, flavors, and a retreat from the loud city streets of Istanbul. Giritli Idilika embraces its visitors in a welcome and serene environment, where the noise of the city vanishes and you are left to enjoy your food in tranquil rooms. The overhanging grape vines provide a canopy, further evoking a cozy hub with the rustic charm of a local bistro. There is also a breakfast buffet on offer for those who enjoy starting their day with a wide array of tantalizing flavors.

Giritli Idilika, Palaska Sokak 1, courtyard of the Firuzağa Mosque, Cihangir, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 257 1326

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Rose Marine Restaurant & Café & Bar

The Cihangir region is well known by locals as being one of the calmest locations in Beyoglou whilst still boasting a location approximately ten-minutes’ walk away from Taksim Square. The size and decor of the restaurant evokes an ambiance that is pleasantly Parisian – this is the restaurant’s main draw for many newcomers. The portion sizes are filling and the menu offers both Italian and Turkish dishes. Many travelers will often advise you that the best places to eat are where locals will loyally flock. This is particularly the case with the Rose Marine Restaurant & Café & Bar.

Rose Marine Restaurant & Cafe Bar, Akarsu Caddesi 27, Cihangir, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 249 6277

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Dining at Yımırta is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. The staff are renowned for being personable and attentive and their warm conversation will settle you and make you feel like one of the family. The décor is warm and comforting too. The presentation of every dish is deliberate and artistic to make every aspect of your experience aesthetically delightful. A particular recommendation of ours for breakfast would definitely be the French toast which is sure to gently ease you into the day with sweet, warm, syrupy flavors. This café is also known for its excellent quality coffee.

Yimirta, Kılıç Ali Paşa Mahallesi, Defterdar Yokuşu 52/A, Cihangir, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 244 7842

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Emirgan Sütiş

Emirgan Sütiş is a restaurant that takes great pride not only in their food and customer service, but in their produce. Their menu consists of traditional Turkish dishes, and all of their cheeses, conserves and milk are locally sourced and organic. Diners can also enjoy fresh bread, baked to order when they dine here. Don’t hesitate to try a traditional Turkish breakfast consisting of bread, conserves, olives and cheeses, or perhaps a sandwich, salad or warm beverage.

Emirgan Sütiş, Sakıp Sabancı Caddesi 1/3, Emirgan, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 323 5030

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Cafe Privato

The traditional Turkish breakfast served by Cafe Privato comes recommended by many of the area’s expert tour guides. Sample local jams, honey, cheeses, breads and olives as well as an array of cooling beverages to combat the balmy Istanbul weather. Among other cold beverages, the strawberry mint lemonade is especially favored and refreshing. The cafe is embellished with Turkish antiques, the final touch in a faultless experience.

Cafe Privato, Galip Dede Caddesi Timarci Sokak | No: 3 Galata/Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 293 2055

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Cookshop was brought about by a desire to capture the joy and nostalgia of eating home-cooked and delicious food. The restaurant specializes in traditional Turkish delicacies, using recipes passed down from generation to generation to make their delectable fare.

Cookshop, Rüzgarlıbahçe Mah. Selvi çıkmazı No:10 Kavacık – Beykoz / İstanbul, Turkey, +90 216 651 8894