Dine like a local
(Mediterranean)

Arnavutköy Balıkçısı

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Why locals love it

It has the amazing food mostly "meze" and seafood. It is local (Mediterranean and Turkish) and the food is generally accompanied with the traditional Turkish alcoholic beverage "Rakı" if you wish to try it.The location has basic decoration yet it is right by the sea so you get an exquisite view of the bosporus.

Why you should visit it

It may be the best move to let the waiter or the chef know that you are tourists to get a taste of everything special (yet this may be a downside since they may also try to sell you the most costly food) but if you don't have a Turk to accompany you, I'd say the money is worth the try :)

Special tip

Definitely try RAKI, the traditional alcoholic beverage with the meal. I must warn you that it has a particular taste that you'll either love or hate

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2 Comments

If you like fish and Rakı add the sunset. You will be in love with bosphorous
Esra
Local
July 25, 2018
Do they have actual seafood (lobster, crab, clams etc) or just fish?
Maria
Local
April 6, 2018
They have some but the main focus is on the fish.
Aylin
Local
April 6, 2018
Yes, unfortunately this is the case in Istanbul... the same fish dishes everywhere, and very little seafood...I used to live in Spain, so I'm spoiled...
Maria
Local
April 6, 2018
Haha well yeah I see your point but the cuisine is quite different so.. :)
Aylin
Local
April 11, 2018

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