5 places to enjoy seafood by the Bosphorus in Istanbul
1) Ayder Balik
You’ll have to travel all the way to Rumeli Kavağı to discover this fantastic seafood restaurant that looks out at the point where the Bosphorus flows into the Black Sea. Don’t fill up on the fresh meze varieties because the grilled levrek (sea bass) is exceptional.
2) Kandilli Suna'nin Yeri
The simple wooden tables and chairs of Suna’nın Yeri (Suna’s Place) in Kandilli are mere steps away from the Bosphorus. Watch the sunset reflect in the water as you enjoy simple (but delicious) meze and grilled fish. A great place for a romantic date, make sure to try the kalamar tava (fried calamari).
3) Bebek Balikçi
This elegant seafood restaurant is right on the Bosphorus and caters to the neighbourhood’s well-heeled locals who dine on classic meze dishes and grilled fish while their rakı glasses are refilled. In the summer, the windows are pushed back to let in the sea breeze and endless views.
4) İsmet Baba
Open since 1950 and named in memory of İsmet Dökmecier (whose grandsons now run the business), İsmet Baba is an extension of Kuzguncuk, one of the few Istanbul neighbourhoods that remains true to its historic roots. Look out over the Bosphorus and order meze, fresh fish and plenty of rakı.
5) Rumelihisari İskele Restaurant
Another classic seafood restaurant right on the Bosphorus, İskele Restaurant is located in what used to be the Rumelihisarı ferry dock. With an unobstructed view of the famous strait (thanks to windows all around the elegant dining room), delicious meze and seafood are especially enjoyable during sunsets.
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