For a city that’s located between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, fresh fish is definitely an essential part of Istanbul’s culinary culture
. From its many taverns where grilled fish is the main course to the balık ekmek
(fish sandwich) vendors on the coast, Istanbul is rich when it comes to seafood. Of course, for those who are fond of cooking up their own seafood feast at home, Istanbul
also has plenty of great fish markets where you can pick up the day’s catch.
Beşiktaş Balık Pazarı
Kadıköy Balık Pazarı
The Asian side’s answer to the fish market is a sprawling street of shops and fish stalls, that not only have the freshest seafood, but also other delicious goods that range from organic honey to pickled vegetables to Turkish cheeses and much more. One of the market’s favorite fishmongers is Kadı Nimet Balıkçılık, which apart from selling fresh fish also has its own restaurant in case you want to eat on site.
Kadıköy Balık Pazarı, Caferağa, Güneşli Bahçe Sokak, Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey
Üsküdar Balıkçılar Çarşısı
Another seafood gem on the Asian side, the Üsküdar Balıkçılar Çarşısı is situated in an indoor market where every stall is glistening with fresh fish that range from sea bass to bream. One of the market’s best stalls is Kardeşler Balıkçılık, so make sure to drop by there first to see what’s in season.
Üsküdar Balıkçılar Çarşısı, Selam-ı Ali Efendi Cd., Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey
Beyoğlu Balık Pazarı
The city’s most central fish market, the Beyoğlu Balık Pazarı, much like the Kadıköy Balık Pazarı, also has much more than just fresh fish. Definitely drop by Dalyan Balıkçılık, the market’s favorite fishmonger, open since 1974, to buy top quality seafood. However, if you’re on the lookout for spices, Turkish candies, fresh produce, or cheese varieties, you can also wander around the market’s many shops to do a spot of food shopping.
Beyoğlu Balık Pazarı, İstiklal Caddesi, Sahne Sokak, Galatasaray, Istanbul, Turkey