Where to Eat and Sleep in Istanbul, Turkey

Chef Mehmet Gürs's restaurant, Mikla. Photo © Sarah Ackerman.

Restaurants & Food Shops

Günes Dondurma

A tiny shop with waffles and goat's-milk ice cream (try the sour cherry).

Kandilli Borsa

Located in a grand Ottoman mansion, this is the best traditional Turkish food in town.

Karaköy Özsüt

Near the Galata bridge, this atmospheric breakfast dive specializes in buffalo-milk yogurt and cheeses.


A classic seafood place near the Black Sea with wonderfully fresh fish; window tables on the second floor have the best views.

Meshur Bebek Badem Ezmecisi

Istanbul's tastiest pistachio and almond marzipans are soft and ultranutty.


Mehmet Gürs offers terrific Scandinavian-Turkish dishes at his avant-garde restaurant. The views are stunning, too.


The vast menu at Gürs's fast-food chain includes exemplary sandwiches.


Four Seasons Bosphorus

Once a 19th-century palace, this extravagantly comfortable hotel has 170 plush rooms and a vast marble terrace overlooking the water.

W Istanbul

With edgy East-meets-West interiors by architect Mahmut Anlar (who also designed Mikla), this hotel has 134 gadget-packed rooms.

A Turkish Picnic Along the Bosphorous Strait

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PUBLISHED March 2010