Everything I ate in Istanbul was just absolutely delicious. Breakfast choice everyday was Menemen, a traditional Turkish dish made of scrambled eggs in sautéed vegetables. I opted for Manti a few times, a Turkish take on raviolis, but make no mistake it is completely unique in taste and texture, usually filled with beef and in a yorgut sauce. The mezes, sis kebap, pide, and iman bayildi were among the other dishes I chose to try, and equally amazing making it hard to choose a favorite one. Finishing every meal with many baklavas and Turkish coffee to satisfy my sweet tooth.
House of Medusa Cafe & Restaurant – Just steps from the sights of Sultanahmet Square, this beautiful restaurant has a lovely courtyard and delicious Turkish cuisine.
Mitara Cafe & Art – A cozy restaurant in Sultanahmet with beautiful decor and delicious homemade food. We were warmly greeted by Nazan, the owner and her lovely kitten who casually napped in one of the seats. Food is meticulously prepared by her, and the menu is constantly changing based on her availability for that day.
Rumble Tatli Ve Borek Evi – This place was just steps from our hotel in Sultanahmet and thanks for that. Borek are baked fresh each morning, and usually running out by lunch time.
Hafiz Mustafa 1864 – A confectionery with many locations in Istanbul serving the most delicious Turkish desserts, the photos will speak for themselves here and it all tastes and good as it looks.
Antiochia Concept – Hidden in one of the many alleys of Beyoglu, a restaurant with modern interiors serving a great selection of Turkish dishes and friendly service.
Aqua at the Four Seasons Bosphorus – The perfect place to enjoy lunch seating outside with breathtaking view of the bosphorus and city view, while enjoying great meal and outstanding service. I suggested sticking to the Turkish menu, and end the afternoon with a Turkish tea inside by the fireplace.
Grand Bazaar – I choose one of their tiny cafes to have a Turkish coffee after spending some time browsing and shopping. It is a must when there.
Kronotrop – This small cafe serves outstanding coffee. The perfect place to take a break from sight seeing and to blend in with the locals.
For a list of the tops sights that I saw during my stay, check out my other post 6 must see in Istanbul.