Definitely one of the best places to get lahmacun (thin and crispy dough with ground meat and spices), Forno Balat’s location on one of the beautiful side streets will really make you appreciate the neighborhood just a bit more. Make sure to put some parsley and a squeeze of lemon in your lahmacun before you fold and eat it.
Fener Kireçhane Sokak No.13 Fener-Balat, +90 212 521 2900
Cooklife Magazine could be described as Turkey’s version of Kinfolk, so it’s no surprise that their café also abides to the same aesthetic. You’ll find a very instagram-able space with original tile flooring and minimal furniture. Come by for coffee, breakfast, pasta with delicious sauces, and delectable desserts such as cheesecake or freshly baked cookies.
Vodina Caddesi, Akçin Sokak, No 3/B, Fener-Balat, +90 212 988 1546
One of Istanbul’s oldest taverns, Agora Meyhanesi was established in 1890 and continues to serve up unique meze varieties you won’t see too often such as balık pastırması (fish pastrami), skordalia (a traditional dip made with a potato base, lots of garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, and salt), and mumbar dolması (stuffed intestines). With Armenian, Turkmen, and Greek Orthodox chefs in the kitchen, it’s no surprise their menu is so eclectic.
Mürselpaşa Caddesi 185, Fener-Balat, +90 212 631 2136