Turkey has a great reputation for food and drink thanks to its blend of eastern and western civilizations. Every region in Turkey is famous for a certain type of food or drink, from Anatolia to the Black Sea and the Aegean region. And they all come together in Istanbul to make the city’s cuisine truly unique. In Istanbul every meal is special, but breakfast is particularly important in the daily life of the Turkish people. So, for the authentic Istanbul experience, you’ll want to make a meal of breakfast. The Turks don’t eat only one type of food for breakfast; the meal should include different types of milk and cheeses, varieties of olives and thyme, fresh vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, and different kinds of eggs. This is in addition to the honey added to locally sourced cream. If you’re visiting Istanbul you may wonder, where I can have a unique breakfast in Istanbul? What are the most popular places for breakfast in Istanbul? Where are the best breakfast restaurants in Istanbul? Well, we’ve got the answer. We’ve compiled a list of the best places for breakfast in Istanbul to help you experience the taste of Turkey.
1. The Breakfast Street of Besiktas
Besiktas is one of Istanbul’s most important areas and is found on the European side of Istanbul, overlooking the Bosphorus. Besiktas city centre is located between the Kabatas region and the famous Ortakoy region – considered the second centre of Istanbul after Taksim. It’s one of the most popular places to serve traditional Turkish breakfasts, which you’ll find on every corner and down every alley.
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Kadikoy district is known as the Anatolian Cultural Centre of Istanbul. Here, you’re sure to find a lively atmosphere as it’s full of young energetic people. The Kadikoy experience isn’t limited to just historical places, old alleys and buildings, and houses which reflect the elegance and fragility of its past; it’s also one of Istanbul’s most vibrant areas full of delicious restaurants and cafes. There are many options for breakfast in Kadiköy, where a large number of restaurants serve traditional Turkish and Anatolian breakfasts. You can enjoy a wonderful meal in one of the streets of this lively area.
3. Historic Cinaralti Family Tea Garden (Cengelkoy)
The historical Çınaraltı Tea Garden, which takes its name from the huge plane tree in front of it (about 800 years old), is a source of pride of Çengelköy. Here, you can enjoy the best breakfast in Çengelköy, one of the most beautiful bays in the Bosphorus Strait. What’s more, you can bring your own food (but not drinks). Whether you prepare breakfast at home or buy food from one of the shops or stalls nearby, you’re welcome to eat it here. If you prefer, you can buy food from the restaurant itself. Whichever you choose you’re assured of a wonderful experience eating breakfast under the historic tree and with a beautiful view in front of you.
4. Namlı Gurme (Karakoy)
One of the most famous restaurants on the European side, Namli Gurme is located on the side of the Galata Bridge. İt offers a variety of cheeses, eggs, and smoked meat for you to select from. Various types of Turkish omelets are available; some with nuts, some with vegetables and some with meat. It’s a great place to enjoy breakfast in Istanbul.
5. Big Chefs (Tarabya)
This restaurant is located in the Tarabya area overlooking the Bosphorus Strait. It has branches in several cities, but this is the most beautiful. It serves fresh local cuisine and many options so you can taste breakfasts from different regions. If you’re looking for a traditional Turkish breakfast this is a must.
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6. Emek Cafe (Yeniköy)
Emek Cafe, in Yeniköy, is a great place for a delicious breakfast. The back of the cafe boasts a tremendous view of the Bosphorus which you can savour with a tea or a snack. They have a classic menu and all ingredients are fresh. A great place for a traditional breakfast – or any other meal.
7. Cesme Bazlama Breakfast in Nisantasi
This restaurant was established in 1992 in Nişantaşi district, one of Istanbul’s most famous neighbourhoods. The restaurant has its own agricultural land in Izmir where it grows local produce which is then delivered directly to consumers. The products on offer here are locally sourced from the restaurant’s farmland or from other farmers. But it’s not limited to the Aegean region, they also produce special products originally grown in other regions of Anatolia, such as Konya tomatoes, Malatayan mulberry dried apricots and Hatayan apricots. The milk used for milk jam is also taken from cows that are fed exclusively with them in Çeşme. From the production to the table, the process is closely monitored. For a fresh local breakfast in Istanbul, you can’t beat this place.
8. Cafe Nar (Rumeli Fortress)
Firehouse has been a favorite for Bosphorus lovers in Rumeli Fortress since 2006. Welcoming and innovative, Cafe Nar is famous for fresh fruit and juices. In addition to its breakfast, which has a reputation throughout the city, the main course is served with salads and desserts.
Set in the impressive garden of the historic French Orphanage in the middle of the Arnavutköy and Etiler districts, Backyard offers a pleasant setting for a drink and a snack. Diners can taste a real Turkish breakfast in a stunning location.
10. The Market Bosphorus
The Market Bosphorus is one of the best and most luxurious restaurants in Istanbul. You can enjoy breakfast with a charming view over the Bosphorus. The restaurant also offers oriental cuisine and delicious steak meals accompanied by excellent service and a charming atmosphere.
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