Istanbul’s multinational culture reflects itself in its international cuisine, offering diverse and delicious tastes of the world food culture. The international experts dedicated to create the best cuisine, offer you not just food but an experience. Many of them are located in the most popular places of city and you can reserve for a nice dinner after your city tour. If you are tired of döner and kebab, and want to try unique examples of the international cuisine, here are the best places to visit.
Due Forni, which means two owens, takes its name from the big ovens in the restaurant. Handmade pastas, pizzas and bread are served as soon as they are baked, offering a real Italian experience. You can also choose to try beef bresaola or a mix of seafood that are served fresh and in elegant Italian style. The restaurant is in Goztepe, a beautiful residential district of Kadikoy with a famous park and beautiful Istanbul flats. As it is very easy to reach from Kadıkoy by cab or by bus, don’t miss the chance to taste real Italian food on the Asian side.
The taste of Latin America with a magnificent view of the sea of Marmara awaits you in the 17th floor of Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atakoy. One of the must-try meals is the famous ceviche, which is prepared with raw fish and unique Peruvian lemon souce mixed with several herbs. Several sea food, chicken and meat options are also available for the ones who want to try the diverse recipes of Latin style fusion. Atakoy is also worth visiting, as it is home to a beautiful shore, luxurious residences and Galleria shopping mall. Being one of the initial satellite towns of Istanbul, it is still one of the districts with a significant share in Istanbul real estate market. Spare your time to experience Atakoy and this world famous kitchen; you won’t regret it.
You don’t have to travel to the Far East to taste its cuisine, as Istanbul offers the best examples of the Far East cuisine. You will have the opportunity to try cultural Japanese food in Hori, which has a wide range of products from soup and sushi to grilled meat and fresh fish. Your experience will be enriched with green tea or jasmin tea, served next to the meal. Being in a central location very close to Taksim, this elegant restaurant is just ten minutes by subway. Sisli is shopping heaven with its Cevahir Shopping Mall and various branded shops lined on Halaskargazi Street. As it is also home to the authentic Istanbul apartments covering the back streets, many offices and the Sisli Mosque, this district is almost always busy.
Another famous example of the Far East culture is Shang Palace, which is now a well-known brand of the Shangri-La Hotel, just next to the Besiktas port. The restaurant’s Chinese chef presents his authentic cuisine with perfect taste and special sauces, while the dreamy atmosphere of the restaurant brings this elegant experience to a higher level. You should definitely get a taste of real Chinese cuisine here during your visit to Besiktas. Besiktas is most visited by those who are fond of bazaar shopping and the ones who look for central apartment in Istanbul.
The South Mediterranian winds catch you in upscale Parlé of the Zorlu Center. This restaurant is preferred both during the day for an elegant break and in the evening for a romantic glimpse. The special Mediterranean way grilled meat and various other examples of the French culture offer a perfect gourmet experience. The restaurant is in Zorlu Center, which also has a beautifully designed shopping mall with many international brands. Zincirlikuyu is very easy to reach from Beşiktaş and it is always busy due to its proximity to the Bosphorus Bridge. Gayrettepe and Levent are the essential business districts, also preferred by those that want to buy Istanbul property in a central area.
This elegant restaurant is perfect for those who want to experience the Balkan cuisine with a cultural design. The welcoming staff, the famous dry meat and the rich menu covering a variety of food from meatballs to pastry and vegetables, will be more than enough to keep you happy throughout your meal. As the fame of this special kitchen is widespread, other branches are on the way. It is located in Etiler, one of the must-visit places of Istanbul, as it is home to Akmerkez shopping mall, luxury houses, and a beautiful park with a gorgeous Bosphrous view in Ulus.