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The Best Budget Restaurants In Beyoğlu, Istanbul

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Updated: 9 February 2017
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.
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Located in the popular Asmalımescit area of Beyoğlu, this venue offers specialties of Turkey’s Arab-influenced southeastern Hatay province. Antiochia exudes cool without sacrificing flavor. Everything from its hipster waitstaff to its funky logo speaks of this restaurant’s ambitions. The short menu comprises less than 10 types of mezes and just a few kebabs, but all dishes have intense flavors and are served with a basket of crisp lavaş chips.

Address: Asmalımescit Mah. General Yazgan Sok. No:3, Beyoğlu, , Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 244 0820

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Dai Pera

Right in the heart of Beyoğlu, this restaurant is a centerpiece of the local community. Using the freshest, best-quality ingredients from various areas of Turkey, Turkey’s best comfort food is served with love and affection. Chef Arzu Gürdamar loves experimenting with ingredients, and her menu includes personal creations, such as zucchini in strained yogurt with crushed almonds, as well as traditional Istanbul-style mezzes such as the musaka, a triangular minced meat-stuffed pastry. The cozy, inviting atmosphere supported aesthetically by posters and artwork on the walls, plain wooden furniture and jazz music, only adds to the charm.
Address: Yeni Çarşi Caddesi No. 54, Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 252 80 99

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Hala Manti

Just three blocks away from Beyoğlu’s busy touristic streets, you will find this little restaurant. As its name suggests, the venue specializes in ravioli-like manti, small pockets of pasta filled with minced meat. Decorated in a traditional Anatolian-style, this restaurant’s atmosphere is simple but homey. Though no alcohol is served, there are plenty of compensations, like the hingal, a variation of manti eaten in the Caucasus with a cheese and potato filling, or the gözleme, a type of very thin flat bread packed with cheese and spinach, then cooked on a huge griddle.
Address: İstiklal Caddesi No:211, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey +90 212-292–7004

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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.
Address: Kurabiye Sokak 8-10, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey +90 212-2438234

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Located on a side street off Istiklal, this restaurant is quite popular with those living in the area, known by the name of esnaf (tradesmen’s restaurant). You may find their menu features dishes served in most Turkish restaurants, but there are a few Circassian specialties thrown in the mix here. Don’t expect a fancy restaurant, but rather a simple and cozy diner, the type of restaurant where patrons come for a quick, lovely and filling meal. Go for the signature ficcin, a savory pastry filled with ground meat, it’s delicious.
Address: Asmalı Mescit,Kallavi Sk. No:1, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 293 3786