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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.
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.