When people ask me how the food was in Istanbul there’s only one word: amazing. Everything was so fresh and so flavorful, you really can’t go wrong with any of the options. Everything from the street food to the up and coming chef’s restaurant was memorable. There was definitely an abundance of your typical Turkish food like kebabs and yogurt but there were so many dishes that I’ve never seen before. Because of it’s history and location, Turkish cuisine is a mix of its Ottoman heritage, Middle Eastern, Asian and European influences. Since Istanbul is such a large cosmopolitan city, there’s now influences from around the world. Here were some of my favorite Istanbul eats.
At Sekiz Istanbul, the chef makes Turkish cuisine with a modern twist.
For delicious lamb grilled in a fire pit go to Sur Ocakbasi.
The best baklava I’ve ever had at Hafiz Mustafa.