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In this writing , you are going to meet with delicious foods of excellent culture ,which is called Turkish culture , in the one of the most significant city of the world .Welcome to Istanbul , be ready to taste most delicious foods in Istanbul.

Istanbul was one of the most popular capital city for the Ottoman Empire and of course , they did not only leave the  huge and glorious history behind them but also they left their most delicious tastes there. In this writing , I have collected the most delicious tastes of Istanbul for all budgets.Here is the list of delicious foods which I have prepared for answer your “where to eat in Istanbul ?” or “what to eat in Istanbul ?” questions.In order to let you enjoy the most delicious tastes of Istanbul with the best place suggestions to try.

 

1-KUMPIR (BAKED POTATO)

Baked kumpir potato stuffed with the cheese, sausage, olives, peppers and corn

I have a great news for potato lovers , the following part of this writing you are going to learn how to enjoy your Istanbul visit with one of the best food which is made by potato , it is Kumpir.Kumpir in a hort description ;it is baked potato stuffed by various kind of salads , vegetables and other products.Ortaköy district of Istanbul is famous for its delicious Kumpirs and the excellent view of Bosphorus . Ortaköy provides its visitors really warm and sincere atmosphere, you can grab your Kumpir and take a short walk with your lovers accompany of great view of Istanbul and Boshphorus.

 

2-DONER

donerDoner is one of the most controversial food of Turkish and Greek people , both side claims that Doner belongs to their own culture.No matter where it comes from , we love it so much and most of the visitors willing to try it in Istanbul.Moreover , thanks to Turkish people who lives in Germany , döner is getting famous and famous.However , it is certain that best place to eat Doner is Istanbul .Where to eat best Doner in Istanbul has so much option .For example fort he one who perefer to eat Doner with the view of Bosphorus can perefer Hanedan Et Restaurant.Also another advice of me for you is Maranda Doner.

3-FISH WITH BREAD

Kadı-Nimet-Fish

Do you like fish ? If yes , Eminönü offers you one of the most special fish tasting experience with its amazing view.Eminönü district of Istanbul is famous for mostly its special fish with bread , it is also one of the most crowded and attracted point for tourist of Istanbul.For the one who has a question marks on their mind like “where to eat fish in Istanbul?” here is my advice ;one of the most known and common place to visit in Eminönü for delicious fish tasting is Yaka Balık Fish House.

4-KUNEFE

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top view of kunefe dessert garnished with pistachio served with black tea

This part of suggestion is going to cheer the dessert lovers up ! Be ready to meet one of the most challenging dessert of Turkish culture. This famous dessert was called Kunefe.If you ara familiar with this dessert , you ara lucky . However you ara geoing to meet with it for the first time , then you are the luckiest because you are going to try it in Istanbul with special view and history.I can hear your voice “Okay but where to eat dessert in Istanbul ?”.Here is my suggestion for you my dear readers , Hatay Medeniyetler Sofrası can be a good choice for the first try of Kunefe. Another alternative for trying to delicious Kunefe with the excellent view of Boshporus , you can prefer Emirgan Sütiş .

5-MIDYE (MUSSEL)

Homemade cooked mussels with garlic, tomato sauce, italian herbs, white wine and fresh basil in a plate, closeup

Mussel is very famous food for both Turkish people and tourists in Istanbul.No matter where , you can see people standing by the side of mussel sellers and eating mussels quickly with accompany of lemon.Especially some places and districts of Istanbul is famous for its delicious and unique mussels for example : Eminönü , Beşiktaş and Beyoğlu.

 

 

6-SIMIT WITH TEA

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close up of simit pieces circular breads with sesame for turkish breakfast

When someone says Istanbul , it is certain that one of the most known eating habit of simit comes to minds of most of us.Moreover , when tea accompany with simit , it becomes unique experience. Not finished ! I am going to let you know the best place to try this simple but unique combination of simit and tea . Does it ring a bell ? Yes , of course  I am talking about Uskudar with beautiful view of Maidens Tower .It does not matter the time whenever you want to have this exprience ,Maiden Tower is best place to try it .Even in the morning or the late hours of night , you should try it.If you want to maket his more enjyable you can join the tours of Anatolian Side of Istanbul : Kadıkoy and Uskudar , in the trip you can take a sip of from your tea while eating your simit and discovering the anatolian side of Istanbul.

7-MANTI

Turkish Manti manlama on plate with red pepper, tomatoes sauce, yogurt and mint

Originally the city of Kayseri is famous for Mantı in Turkey . However , you can try as good manti as original one which is made in Kayseri , even in Istanbul.It has a special meaning in Turkish culture and it is really hard to find someone who does not like Manti. So , if you want to be a part of this love chain , here is my suggestion to enter from the door : Bodrum Mantı & Cafe which is located in the Arnavutköy district of Istanbul , it is waiting for its visitors to enjoy .

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