There are a lot of traditional dishes that you need to try while you're in Istanbul. From street food to restaurants, you can find the Turkish cuisine all around the city. You should try simit, a ring of soft bread covered with sesame seeds, sis kebab, meat on a stick, Turkish coffee, an integral part of Turkish lifestyle and culture, lahmacun, a flat crispy bread made in a wood-fired oven, baklava, a pastry with syrup and pistachios, and Turkish delight, the world famous dessert.
Where to eat - There are a lot of quality restaurants in Istanbul where you can enjoy the local food. Some of them are:
- Rainbow Fish & Meat Restaurant serves seafood, Turkish cuisine, Mediterranean cuisine, Barbecue, Healthy cuisine, Tuscan and Central-Italian cuisines.
- Three Partners Cafe & Restaurant serves coffee, seafood, Mediterranean cuisine, Barbecue, Turkish cuisine, Healthy cuisine, Middle Eastern and Central Asian cuisines.
- Istanbul Anatolian Cuisine serves local cuisine, seafood, Mediterranean cuisine, Barbecue, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisines.
- Old Ottoman Cafe & Restaurant serves traditional Turkish cuisine where you can try the famous baklavas, kebabs, beef clay pot dish, halwa and hummus.
Where to go out - Since it is a tourist city, there are plenty of places where you can go out. The districts with best nightlife:
- Karaköy - with bars like Nest, Unter and Mitte.
- Arnavutköy - with bars like Alexandra, Any and Hudson.
- Nişantaşı - with bars like Kozmonot, Efendi and Spago.
- Cihangir - with bars like Geyik, Smyrna and Otto.
- Beyoğlu - with bars like 5 cocktails and more, Nu Teras and Ravouna 1906.
- Kadikoy - with bars like Arka Oda, Monks and 360 East.
- Bomonti Ada - with bars like Popülist, Kilimandjaro and Kiva.
- On the Bosphorus you can find bars like Lucca, Chilai and Taps.