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Istanbul - help me design my ideal foodie tour

helen b | Feb 26, 2011 02:38 AM

Sorry - Istanbul (understandably) features both on here and the Middle East/Asia board, so covering my options and therefore apologies for duplicate post!)

We're off to Istanbul in April and SO excited about it. We're there for a decent amount of time - Tues-Mon - so have elected to stay outside the city at A'jia Hotel in Kanlica. We'll chill there in between sightseeing and, obviously, eating!

I LOVE food. Think about it every minute of the day. And will eat anything. I prefer either cheap, authentic places or high end, fabulous places. So my local Venezuelan cafe or Noma. What I don't like are mid level places charging mid level prices for mid level food - waste of money. The only common denominator is it has to be GOOD. For instance, really excited about the idea of having fresh fish grilled off the boat by the Galata Bridge.

So can some kind soul put together our ideal itinerary of street food and blow out meals? And is there anywhere near the hotel that's OK or will we always have to cross into the city? Given the time we have, would be brilliant to venture further afield if it's worth it ie up towards the Black Sea, islands, further into Turkey etc.

My shortlist gleaned from guidebooks so far is as follows - would appreciate your guidance on whether they've got it right!

Cooking Alaturka
Zinhan at Storks
Hamdi et Lokantasi
Burc Ocakbasi
Doga Balik
Tarihi Karakoy Balik Lokantasi
Sofyali 9
Haci Abdullah

Recommedations for nice bars would be great too!

Thanks so much! If someone gives particularly brilliant advice we'd be more than happy to meet you and buy you lunch and/or give you some London tips!

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