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Top 6 Places for the Best Döner Kebabs in Istanbul

Picture of Feride Yalav-Heckeroth
Updated: 13 February 2017
Döner (meat cooked on a rotating vertical spit and then cut into thin shavings) is one of the most famous dishes in Turkey, and is popular the world over. In Istanbul, döner is a street food as well as a more upscale restaurant dish; the best döner can be found at the following spots.

Gül Ebru

Restaurant, Turkish, Street Food, $$$
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Gül Ebru Kantin
Gül Ebru Kantin | © Feride Yalav

Located in the Grand Bazaar, Gül Ebru is a very casual spot; you’d never know that this is one of the best places to eat döner in Istanbul. The dürüm (döner wrapped in lavash, a kind of flatbread) is delicious, due to the quality of meat used on the spit. You can watch the large cone of döner rotating in the fire as you sit at one of the few tables outside, eating your dürüm and drinking your ayran (yogurt drink).
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Mon - Sat:
8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch

Atmosphere:

Casual

Atik Büfe

Restaurant, Turkish, Street Food, $$$
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Quite unlike the upscale Nişantaşı neighbourhood where it’s located, Atik Büfe is a very casual restaurant that offers some great Turkish fast-food classics. Its main claim to fame is its delicious chicken döner sandwich, as well as its Atom drink, which is made from a mixture of several fruit juices. You can also try the regular döner with melted kaşar cheese – it’s just as delicious.
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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual

Bayramoğlu Dönercisi

Restaurant, Turkish, $$$
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Located a bit out of the way in the Kavacık neighbourhood on the Asian side, Bayramoğlu Dönercisi is very much worth the trip for its excellent döner. The secret to their success is the wood-fired oven in which the döner is cooked, as well as the crunchy homemade lavash bread. The restaurant is always crowded with people chowing down on the meaty döner with a side of handmade fries and ayran.
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Mon - Sun:
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual

Uludağ Kebabçısı

Restaurant, Turkish, $$$
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Located past Atatürk Airport, Uludağ Kebabçısı is famous for its İskender kebab, an amazing dish with soft pide bread topped with döner, tomato sauce, yogurt, and melted butter. In the warmer months, make sure to get a table outside as the restaurant is right by the Florya beach.
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Mon - Sun:
9:00 am - 2:00 am

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Outdoors

Çılgın Dürüm

Restaurant, Turkish, Street Food, $$$
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There are a lot of döner spots on Taksim Square, but Çılgın Dürüm is certainly the best because of its delicious meat and its dürüm filled with fries, salad, tomatoes and juicy döner meat. Order the çılgın dürüm with melted kaşar cheese, and make sure you go there hungry because these are huge portions.
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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual

Borsa Restaurant

Restaurant, Turkish, $$$
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One of the most upscale options when it comes to döner, Borsa Restaurant is an institution in Istanbul, that has been serving excellent classic Turkish dishes since 1927. Borsa’s döner kebab is made from high-quality, milk-fed veal and served with rice along with optional eggplant purée. You can also try the delicious İskender kebab with pide bread, tomato sauce and yogurt.
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Mon - Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Fine Dining, Outdoors, Modern, Relaxed