Foodies: this is for you. With an understated décor, chic white linen and fresh flowers, Kantin offers seasonal food inspired by traditional recipes. Local professionals queue up here at lunchtimes – without even knowing what’s on offer for the day. There are no printed menus; it’s all chalked up on the blackboard and explained at the table. Referred to as the Alice Waters of Turkey, hands on chef-owner Şemsa Denizsel pioneered the farm-to-table approach long before it became popular elsewhere. The restaurant is upstairs while downstairs it’s the open kitchen, library and deli selling housemade stocks, sauces, jams, relishes and sourdough bread. Perfect for a take away picnic lunch perhaps?


Nisantasi was created as an upmarket shopping and residential district to attract Ottoman families to move into modern apartment blocks and embrace 20th century living. Today it still has a high-end feel: luxury international and local boutiques are plentiful; restaurants and galleries are bountiful.

Akkavak Sk No:30, Nişantaşı
+90 212 219 3114

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