The area near Sirkeci
many good restaurants, and several
streets crowded with cafés and restaurants,
and a pleasant
indoor or outdoor dining experience.
In general, you receive much
better meals at more reasonable
prices in Sirkeci than in
Sultanahmet, and yet Sirkeci restaurants
are only a 5- to 10-minute walk,
or a 3-minute tram ride, from the Hippodrome (map).
It's easy to reach Sirkeci by the Bağcılar-Kabataş
tram. Get out at either
the Gülhane or Sirkeci stops.
means "of the family of the Pasha
an apt name for a restaurant serving Ottoman-style
dishes not found on most Turkish restaurant
menus. The location is as attractive
as the food: it's on quiet, pedestrian İbni
Kemal Caddesi (No. 13) at
Mehmet Murat Sokak (map),
with tables and chairs set out on the
street in good weather. Good food,
excellent service, moderate prices,
good value for money experience. More...
The ground-floor restaurant of the
Mansion Hotel (map)
is a good place to try what might best
be described as updated Turkish
regional/fusion cuisine. These
dishes from all over Turkey are not
quite what a Turkish mama used to make—they're
better. Service is top-notch, and prices
are reasonable, with a full meal often
costing only about TL40
per person, wine included. More...
Specializing in Mediterranean cuisine and seafood,
this restaurant is on the rooftop terrace of the Orient
Express Hotel, so it enjoys panoramic views of
the Bosphorus and
the historic Old
City of Istanbul. More...
Yes, the name is from the John
Wayne movie, the theme is
American West, the Efes beer is
cold, but the menu provides
more variety than did any saloon in
Wayne's day. Red River is
a good place to relax informally any
time of day (map). More...