The Best Restaurants in Sultanahmet, Istanbul

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People often tend to say that Sultanahmet is not the place to be if it comes to hip and trendy dining. Although I partly agree to this, there are definitely some restaurants worth trying after a long day of sightseeing in the old city...

Fes Cafe

Ali Baba Türbe Sokak No:25, Istanbul

This little funky restaurant, hidden on a side street near the main entrance of the Grand Bazaar is where I always go to for lunch or a drink when I am spending the day in Sultanahmet. Fes serves delicious Turkish and international dishes. Don't forget to check out their in-house shop 'Abdullah' as well. Fes is also located inside the Grand Bazaar, but I prefer sitting outside and enjoying my lunch in the sun rather than in the middle of the hustle and bustle of bargaining tourists...

Sarnıç Restaurant

Cankurtaran Mh., Soğuk Çeşme Sk No:38, Istanbul

Sarnic is a lovely restaurant situated in one of the historical cisterns dating back to Byzantine times and served as a water source for the city. Traditional Turkish cuisine with a broad variety of mezzes and kebaps.  Website

 

Hamdi Restaurant

Rüstem Paşa Mh., Kalçin Sk No:17, Istanbul

Hamdi is probably the most well-known restaurant in the old city. If you are looking for a typical Turkish meal, then this is definitely the place to be. Don't expect a romantic candlelight dinner.  Website

Matbah Restaurant

Cankurtaran Mh., Caferiye Sk No:6, Istanbul

This hidden gem, located just 2 steps away from the Aya Sophia has a beautiful terrace with a view of Sultanahmet. They serve traditional Ottoman dishes in a pretty, chic environment. Website

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