With its authentic, seasonally driven Turkish fare and stylish yet unpretentious vibe, Karaköy Lokantası is arguably one of the most pleasant restaurants in Istanbul. From the striking turquoise tiling to the well-priced menu, this is a contemporary and unique offering that’s as popular with lunching professionals as it is with socialites in the evening, when it transforms into a buzzing meyhane (wine bar). Here you’ll find a range of mezes, seafood, meat dishes and salads - the hünkar beğendi (slow-cooked beef with pureed eggplant) comes highly recommended.
Istanbul’s original docks area, Karaköy, is currently undergoing a rapid transformation. The incoming creative community is making great use of the once derelict and abandoned spaces. Here, boutiques, bistros and third-wave coffee shops are cropping up next to the machinists and artisans who remain.
Kemankeş Caddesi No. 37A, Karaköy
+90 212 292 44 55