Istanbul is proud of its culinary traditions. The diversity of Turkish tradition, from meze to mantı or smoked yoghurt, is held in high regard. But this metropolis has so much more to offer. Our inspectors guide you through the various international cuisines that make Istanbul a global city – also in culinary terms.
It has been said that the meyhane, which is a traditional restaurant, is among the most unique places on the map of Türkiye’s culinary culture. While dining alone or with a best friend is special, but the most lively part of the meyhanes is the crowded tables. And Turkish rakı is the iconic drink at the meyhanes, despite wine or beer are also included in the menus. Last but not the least, a meyhane embraces you not only with its flavors, but its sincere, warm and authentic atmosphere as well…
Lamb happens to be one of the most beloved ingredients both in Istanbul and in Türkiye. An extraordinary meat with its unique texture, lamb adds its aromatic taste no matter what the recipe is.
Istanbul's abundance of beauty is bound to make a lasting impression on any visitor. This city is steeped in history, and the sight of the Bosphorus, its unique lifeline, will stay with you for a lifetime. The restaurants in our MICHELIN selection often share in that beauty, too. Our inspectors have selected three establishments where the captivating splendour of Istanbul comes into its own.
A visit to Türkiye’s largest city is a multisensory experience. Of course, everything revolves around flavour in the restaurants included in the MICHELIN Guide's selection, but all these remarkable establishments have a great deal more to offer. This article was inspired by Mastercard’s vision, which consists in connecting to people through all the senses in ways that are relevant, authentic, compelling and nonintrusive to reach their hearts and minds. Our inspectors have selected seven restaurants where the senses of taste, smell, sight, touch and hearing are stimulated in the most remarkable way. Try these places out for yourself and discover new sides to Istanbul.
How does a restaurant serving hundreds of people a day get to win the MICHELIN Service Award? The answer is simple yet effective: years and years of experience…