I recommend you to go to the cafeteria, which occupies the top floor of the tower. Coffee prices are not excessive, but the dinner menu, but includes show last thread is for 60 €, as the food and entertainment are 100% designed for the Western tourist, there is not any Turkish except restaurant workers.
First thanks a lot for the lovely meal. They work with regional cooks and we had some dishes, every dishes was amazing. I had palace kebab, well-cooked and the meat was not dry as happens in many places. Highly recommended.
This is a cozy little cafe has an assiduous young clientele and is ideal for reading/studying, however, it's famous because it's where young Turks spend hours playing the Japanese strategy game Igo (weiqi in Chinese and baduk in Korean). Coffee O'clock is known for its variety of coffees and especially for their flavored chocolates (even with pepper). Their prices are not very friendly but are in line with the quality of their products. Although it may seem strange the best thing about O'clock Coffee is the music, no DJs or live music just a stereo that plays rarities like Magic System, Metric, Jack Johnson, Matisyahu, Beck and even classic jazz like Billie Holiday. It's one of those places where you can just sit, enjoy quality and little melodies accompanied by an excellent trade chocolate with pepper.
Turkish food is delicious, but especially the sweets! There are a variety of pastries, wonderful after eating a kebab and a drink of sweet honey (not for dieters!) They come in different varieties, small pastries with pistachios, almonds etc - all kinds of nuts! My favorite was a kind of sponge cake soaked in honey with a thin layer of cream... Awesome! Another typical thing is handmade jellies, with fruits (pomegranate, apple, lemon ...) and of course, with nuts! Figs are also very popular. Besides eating there, you can take them away - I took several boxes of jelly beans that last for months (if not opened). Turkey has much more to it than kebabs!
It's amazing to think that until 1973 the only way to cross the Bosphorus was by ferry, or to walk on the few times it froze. The spectacular suspension bridge is one of the longest in the world, and after crossing it you're on the Asian side of Istanbul. The people of Istanbul (so romantic and lovers of beautiful things and good times) cross the bridge to watch the sunset, the timing is priceless. A popular site is the elegant Bridge Restaurant, located high above the bridge. Obviously, you can dine there, but it's best to sit in one of the comfy terrace chairs with tea. If the night is cool, a solicitous waiter will approach you offering a shawl. The site, the views of the bridge lit with twinkling lights at night and the sound of a ship's siren sailing through the Strait of Bosporus, are magical.
One of the most famous sweets in Turkish cuisine is Baklava - thin wafers of pasta, brushed with butter, folded, and stuffed with cream and pistachios/walnuts. They are baked are covered in syrup. There are different kinds, depending on the variety and quantity of nuts with, shape and the amount of syrup: Sultan, nest and nightingale. They can be purchased in bakeries and prices vary greatly depending on where you buy.
The Alemdar is basically a restaurant for tourists and this is reflected in their prices and their environment, yet they serve classic Turkish food on a pleasant terrace in the heart of the city. Service is friendly and they offer Dervish ceremonies every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.
We chose this restaurant as there was a lady preparing fresh bread outside that caught our attention. It has two floors, the upstairs dining room is quieter and apparently newer but overall the place is nice and cozy. They serve Turkish and Ottoman specialties, although slightly amended for the tourist palate. They have the best salads dressed with mint yogurt.
The most famous Mexican food in Istanbul! Located in a very large house with several rooms, it offers typical Mexican food in the heart of Istanbul including burritos, nachos, fajitas, quesadillas plus cocktails and Mexican beer. They have big screen to watch sports. The service is a little slow but friendly.
Molly's is an endearing spot where you can enjoy coffee, cake, chat or read. It has 2 rooms, both decorated with special furniture that includes antiques, books, games and there are lots of cats. Molly, the owner, is a Canadian based in Turkey and serves you personally. The place has wifi, books and some nights, live music. If you are hungry, I recommend the chocolate muffin.
One of the best panoramic views of Istanbul, a restaurant terrace half outdoor with glass walls so you can see extraordinary views of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and the Bosphorus. The restaurant food is international, and has menus for just over € 10 per person, the food is pretty good and all the waiters speak English and / or Spanish. Advisable to go at sunset and stay for dinner. Desserts include a unique and exquisite Tiramisu.
This is a good spot for dining on a pleasant terrace. It is situated in the Taksim Square area. They serve kebaps, chickpea cream, pistachio, aubergine, etc.. Serve alcohol at decent prices and very friendly service.
A lot of restaurants can be found at the Marmara seaside fish market. We decided on Havuzbasi because it was quite cold and the place was sunny, with a lovely view of the sea. You can stroll through the market and choose the fish that you like. The quality and service are excellent! Are pending and will serve you constantly in Castilian. We show in plastic dishes that you can choose and prepare it at the time. We decided on a large turbot and tasted great!
When visiting Istanbul you can't stop to try the rich crepes, the famous Turkish pancakes, in this restaurant you can see how they make them and listen to Turkish music at the same time. You see people leaning over the glass looking as the chefs stretch out the dough until it is very thin, then stuff it with meat or vegetables. They bring it to the table warm, rich and after eating the musicians work through the tables playing their instruments, at my table they played a violin solo that touched my heart, it is a place both for tourists and to spend a romantic evening. A great atmosphere, a large dining room with walls decorated with mosaics Greeks ..... I recommend it 100%.