Just above Galata, you will discover what is popularly known as the new town of Istanbul: Beyoğlu, a high-octane hub of drinking, entertainment and eating out. This is where tourists and locals alike come in search of bohemian bars, live-music venues, good restaurants, hip hotels, edgy boutiques and more. Take a look at our picks for some of the finest dining around.
Traditionally, Turkish cuisine is dominated by meat dishes. But this little cafe in the heart of Beyoğlu is Istanbul’s best vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Zencefil definitely wins at decor: its interior is comfortable and stylish, displaying a glass courtyard and bright color scheme. Needless to say, the food is 100% home-made and fresh. Dishes come in two sizes, small and large, so you can grab a quick bite, or a large dinner.