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...
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...
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
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
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