A brand new restaurant whose name comes from the German word for ‘midday’, Mittag is a dream-come-true for chef-owner Fatma Yıldırım. Here you’ll find a daily lunch menu of seasonal flavours as well as Mittag’s own speciality dishes. In addition to serving select recipes from Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines, Mittag also hosts regular cooking workshops and private events. Whether you visit with friends for a fun learning experience or choose to grab a seat and watch the chefs buzzing about in the open kitchen, you’ll feel right at home in this cosy restaurant.
Related Article: Top 5 winter activities in Istanbul
Talented Chef İsmail Saz recently moved his popular rooftop eatery from Akaretler to the Kuruçeşme shore. Here Saz continues to regale gourmets with his seasonally changing menu and handpicked selection of Turkish wines. You can head over in the early evening to sample tapas or opt for a proper dinner after 7pm – but to sample the best flavours TOI has to offer, we recommend reserving your spot for one of Saz’s famous ‘chef’s table’ events.ù
Related Article: Discover traditional coffee in Turkey
Park Şamdan & The Bar
What began as the summer outpost of the time-tested Etiler restaurant Park Şamdan has now become a classic in its own right. Located on the terrace of the luxurious Hotel Les Ottomans, Park Şamdan & The Bar cater to a discerning crowd with refined flavours served in an upscale ambience. After your meal, don’t forget to stop by The Bar to enjoy a signature cocktail as you take in the Bosphorus view.
Related Article: 10 top al fresco dining spots in Istanbul
This sophisticated Cihangir newcomer has managed to put the neighbourhood back on the map for stylish Istanbulites and their refined visitors. Hazine (meaning ‘treasure’ in Turkish) lives up to its name by offering a menu of international favourites – including sushi – in an elegant setting. As the clock nears midnight, the restaurant takes on a club-like atmosphere with live music.
Related Article: Best of dining and shopping in Istanbul