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Best of "cheap & chic" in Istanbul

Destination(s): Istanbul

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Kanaat Lokanta

Kanaat Lokanta

  • Selmanipak Caddesi No:9 Uskudar
  • Üsküdar
  • tel:90 216 341 5444 / 90 216 5533791
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul

Kanaat Restaurant is one of the oldest diners in Istanbul, serving traditional Turkish / Ottoman cuisine samples. Given that there are few other points of interest in Üsküdar and around this restaurant, you normally wouldn't make a special trip to come and dine here unless you happen to be on this side of town for business or special sightseeing -such as visiting a unique mosque, hammam or palace. Nonetheless, it is also said among the locals that "there are only two reasons to go to Üsküdar: 1. to take the ferry 2. for Kanaat Restaurant". Indeed, locals on the Anatolian side visit this bustling, semi-historic eatery quite often for a quick lunch or an informal dinner and dine on pre-prepared main courses. It must yet be noted that some locals also lament in nostalgia that Kanaat as it is today is incomparable to its original establishment back in 1900s. There are some fairly ambitious and oily dishes such as Elbasan Tava—large chunks of juicy beef with melted local cheddar cheese, farm fresh eggs and a combination of seasonal vegetables-, Stuffed Onions -a specialty of Kanaat, unlikely to be found anywere else-, Özbek Rice -rice cooked together with lamb-chomps and dried onions-, Milk Pudding or Custard with ice-cream, Pumpkin Pie and more. You are advised to carry cash as you arrive, they are unlikely to accept credit cards.
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Tarihi Selim Usta Sultanahmet Köftecisi

Tarihi Selim Usta Sultanahmet Köftecisi

  • 12 Divan Yolu
  • tel:90 212 513 1438
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34110
Pudding Shop

Pudding Shop

  • 18 Divan Yolu
  • Sultanahmet (across from the tram)
  • tel:90 212 522 2970
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul
Adem Baba

Adem Baba

  • Beyazgul Caddesi No:2
  • tel:90 212 263 29 33
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul
House Café Tünel (The)

House Café Tünel (The)

  • Asmalı Mescit
  • Sümbül Sokak Tünel Geçidi İşhanı, B Blok No: 9/1-2
  • tel:90 212 245 9515 / 90 212 245 9516
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 80050
Baykus

Baykus

  • Bekar Sokak 22
  • Beyoglu
  • tel:90 212 292 8844
  • Istanbul
Pierre Loti Hotel

Pierre Loti Hotel

  • Piyerloti Cad No 5
  • tel:90 212 518 5700
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34400
Ä°stiklal Caddesi

Ä°stiklal Caddesi

  • Ä°stiklal Caddesi
  • Istiklal Cad., Beyoglu
  • Istanbul, 34437
Istanbul Ferry

Istanbul Ferry

  • Various locations
  • Istanbul
Adalar (Princes' Islands)

Adalar (Princes' Islands)

  • Adalar
  • Istanbul

In Turkish, "adalar" simply means "islands" - though adalar are very familiar territory for Istanbulites, which island you are referring to is still quite important since many Istanbullites use the islands as their summer residence and have a genuine circle of relatives and friends there. Probably the most popular day trip option from Istanbul, at least in the summer, the Princes' Islands are comprised of seven small islands, four of which (Büyükada, Kınalıada, Burgazada and Heybeliada) have constant summertime service by ferry from Kabataş and Bostanci. The islands offer treasures of history (Byzantine churches and Greek and Turkish ruins), green parks, and various upscale restaurants and hotels. As no cars are allowed onto the islands, you would be better off renting a horse-backed carriage to go from one part to another; or to arrive on the islands dressed casually and renting a bike. The islands are a wonderful retreat from bustling Istanbul, each with its own unique character and pace of life. read more about Adalar (Princes' Islands)