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Top 10 Cheapest Restaurants in Turkey

Destination(s): Istanbul

These cheap Turkish restaurants are not just any affordable eateries, but the best samples of authentic Turkish cuisine preferred by the locals, places which are off the tourist maps but provide some of the best Turkish food you will ever have. Keeping the decor simple and using strictly locally sourced, classic ingredients will take the gross off your bill, so you might be surprised to fine that the portions and class of the food offered in these affordable places is high above what you might have expected. A historical restaurant that has been working for over 110 years and still follows the most respectable standards of quality is Konyali Lokantasi -Sirkeci, a great place to enjoy some traditional Ottoman flavors and preparations. As far as breakfast is concerned, Turkey is famous for its large portions and healthy combinations, and we have just the place where you can get your "full Turkish breakfast": the famous Sade Kahve in Istanbul. read more about Top 10 Cheapest Restaurants in Turkey

Mantar

Mantar

  • 4. Cadde 4/A Yildiz
  • tel:0312/440-0978
  • Ankara
Uludağ Rest.

Uludağ Rest.

  • Anafartalar Mh. Denizciler Cd. 06240 Altındağ Ankara, Turkey
Zenger Pasa Konagi

Zenger Pasa Konagi

  • Doyran Sok. 13
  • In the Citadel
  • tel:0312/311-7070
  • Ankara
Sade Kahve

Sade Kahve

  • Yahya Kemal Caddesi No:36/1 Rumelihisari
  • Rumeli Hisari
  • tel:90 212 358 23 24
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul
Tarihi Selim Usta Sultanahmet Köftecisi

Tarihi Selim Usta Sultanahmet Köftecisi

  • 12 Divan Yolu
  • tel:90 212 513 1438
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34110
Inci Pastahanesi Elsa Zgoridis

Inci Pastahanesi Elsa Zgoridis

  • Istiklal Caddesi 56H, Beyoğlu
  • tel:+90 0212 293 9224
  • Istanbul

Inci is a very old and very traditional patisseries that definitely excels in making profiteroles. The one and only Inci Patisserie is the one in Istiklal, although you may realize that there may seem to be many branches of it all around Istanbul -they are only imitators!
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Namli Gurme Gida & NamPort

Namli Gurme Gida & NamPort

  • Rıhtım Cad. Beneath Closed Parking Lot 1/1
  • tel:(0212)293 68 80-83
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  • Karaköy

Bewildering range of food, all open buffet, to eat one meal and eat nothing more for the remaining of your day...

Namlı is a famous gourmet shop in Karaky. Having served as a delicatessen/charcuterie for years, Namlı has recently expanded its services to include self-service, open buffet breakfast and brunches. Customers pick what they want to eat from the counters of the little charcuterie/market and the staff services them.

Apart from this charcuterie&market area, there is also the NamPort cafe and restaurant a little further away. The cafe&restaurant area overlooks the Topkapı Palace and the old city and serves fully-fledged meals.
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Kale Cafe & Patisserie

Kale Cafe & Patisserie

  • Yahya Kemal Caddesi No: 16 Rumelihisari
  • tel:+90 212 265 00 97
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34470

Kale Cafe is an extremely in-demand place for one-of-a-kind traditional Turkish breakfast on the weekends. You will see in the pictures and confirm that there is nothing fancy about this place at all. Apart from its astonishing view and highly reputable Turkish breakfasts, Kale Cafe is indeed a tiny and unornamented simple place. Yet, it is one of the most preferred places to have breakfast on a weekend morning. Such that the locals line up at its door or wake up earlier than usual to be one of the first arrivals for breakfast. It is hard to believe, but the Kale Cafe has a loyal clientele from three different generations. From a variety of Turkish cheeses to jams, virgin olives, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers to egg varities, Kale Cafe serves its clients best samples of the traditional Turkish breakfast. Although not a fancy place, the Kale Cafe breads -off the oven and fresh- exceeds all of the baked goods of the elite patisseries of Nisantasi and Etiler, with budget prices promising value for much less money. Anthony Bourdain fueled his engines at Kale Cafe as well, when he was on a gourmet mission in Istanbul. He had the "full" Turkish breakfast that the Turkish people tend to have on the weekends with their families. He started with a unique type of grilled cheese from Cyprus. His table was decorated with virgin olives, various other cheeses, tomatoes, cucumbers and all the other typical breakfast dishes. He was particularly into "honey & kaymak" (cream from goat or cow milk) spreaded into warm, flat bread (yufka -thin phyllo dough). As his breakfast was the "full" type, he was also served eggs with Turkish sausage, brek (with kasar cheese -consider mozeralla filled hot pastries) and salted waffles as well-rectangularly shaped and filled with potatoes, cheese, minced meat or grass-roots. He did remark that he was not going to eat anything afterwards -same is recommended to you too :) To watch Anthony Bourdain at Kale: /watch?v=pz223HRovno
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Kantin

Kantin

  • Akkavak Sokak 30
  • tel:+90 212 219 3114
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  • Nişantaşı, 34365

Kantin is a very cozy cafe in the heart of Nişantaşı, preparing and serving different healthy meals everyday. In the beginning, the ideal of the Kantin team was to become a place that would serve a healthy alternative for lunch for businesses in the neighborhood. In other words, Kantin was to be the "Dean & Deluca" of Nişantaşı -enabling take-away of healthy meals during lunch break or after work for dinner. Gradually, Kantin expanded and established its upper floor -a seating area for lunch breaks and for tea time after 15:00. The first floor then became the "Dkkan" -a store for sale of products and meals -take-away. Inside this area there is also a long "chef's table" for use in private parties and get-togethers (the place allows this area for company or friendly gathering events as well). Although the menu is updated daily, if you come across any of the following dishes, delve in :) Falafel (small croquettes of mashed chickpeas and fava beans), sardines rolled into grape-vine leaves, artichoke salad and the chestnut meringue for dessert.
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Konyali Lokantasi -Sirkeci

Konyali Lokantasi -Sirkeci

  • Mimar Kemalettin Cad. 5. Vakif Han, Sirkeci
  • Sirkeci
  • tel:90 212 513 9610
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34400

Konyali is one of the oldest, in fact one of the first restaurants of Istanbul and also of the Ottoman Empire. The legendary story of Konyali and its culinary traditions date back to 113 years ago. Konyali was initially a workshop for cooks/chefs with only 4 tables and 16 seats. The place was called "Lezzet" which translates as "taste" to depict the nature and quality of food that the chefs cooked here. In 1920s, Lezzet became Konyali Lezzet Restaurant -transferring first and then transcending the taste element with the name to the establishment. Today, there are three Konyali Restaurants in different parts of the city: one inside the Topkapi Palace, one in Kanyon and one in its original place in Sirkeci. The branch in Sirkeci remains to be the same old place with low priced delicious meals off the counter, hot and fresh. The menu at Konyali Sirkeci includes everything from home-cooked meals to grills, pastry and fish. A few examples include the Turkish salted pastry brek, which is something that can be eaten at any time of the day. These pastry triangles come in many forms, either stuffed with minced meat or any one of a dozen different kinds of cheese for breakfast. Sulu brek is a popular form, which resembles a sloppy lasagne filled with goat's cheese. Stewed hot dishes and mashed aubergine salad are among the other favorites. At Konyali Sirkeci, you eat at standing-only counters; and in fact most of the trade is takeaways and deliveries. Inside are photos of some Konyali fans like Haile Selassie and Benazir Bhutto -although they actually ate at the branch inside the luxurious Topkapi Palace, and not at this humble little joint opposite the shanty Sirkeci train station! read more about Konyali Lokantasi -Sirkeci

The Temple of Augustus and Rome

The Temple of Augustus and Rome

  • Attached to the Haci Bayram Mosque, Ulus
  • tel:No phone
  • Ankara