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Where To Budget Eat

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By Traveller May 11, 2017
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Where To Budget Eat

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By Sandra Traveller May 11, 2017

We will be in Istanbul for 4 days and are looking for suggestions on places to eat on a budget near Old Town and the Spice Market area.

Thank you for your help!

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Balkan Lokantasi for home made lunch or dinner, good eating with affordable prices.They have 2 shops Besiktas (very close to Taksim) and 1 shop in Taksim.

Lades Restaurant in Taksim for best Menemen (similar to Shakshuka)

Ciya in Kadikoy they serve traditional Anatolian food. a must visit!
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Local May 15, 2017
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There is a Balkan lokantasi in Sultanahamet (Sirkeci), too. I'm just on my way there now :)
Maria Local December 19, 2017
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hi sandra,
there are little boat on-shore (in eminonu) which serve grilled fish sandwiches. they are close to grand bazaar and old town. if you like street food you should definitely try it. it's cheap and delicious. kinda traditional for istanbul. hope you'll enjoy
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Local May 15, 2017
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"makarna sarayı"
it is at çemberlitaş train (tram) station
Local September 10, 2019
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You must go hocapaşa Street
Local July 1, 2018
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Eminönü the restaurants under Galata Bridge is very affordable i think...
Traveller May 16, 2018
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hocapasa street there are many type of restaurants there..
Hi Sandra, I definitely recommend you Faruk Breakfast Cafe. It's too cheap and its breakfast is delicious. But it is not near Old Town
https://www.zomato.com/tr/istanbul/faruk-kahvalt%C4%B1-cafe-be%C5%9Fikta%C5%9F-merkez-istanbul
Local July 15, 2017
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What is your budget for each meal per person?

I assume it's 5 euro. Your options:

- Döner Bank (soooo local döner place. There are only taborets to eat)
- Şehzade Cağ Kebab (Different type döner but it is "must"
- Virginia Angus (Turkish Steakhouse & Hamburger)
- Dürümcü Raif Usta (Turkish Wrap and so tasty and also sooo local)

Regards
Local May 11, 2017
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Very meat heavy...not everyone eats meat, you know
I for one - and I've spent nearly 8 years in Istanbul...
Maria Local February 26, 2018
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Of course, i just say my recommendation and respect your opinions. I don't force anyone to eat meat :)
Bora Local February 26, 2018
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Hey there! There are lots of options but really depends on your diet and budget definition. I am not that familiar with old town since it is too touristic, but there are some restaurants that i prefer visiting occasionally. Usually U can get a decent meal for around 10-15 Euros, but with alcohol prices start to rise up. Could you more specific?
I would say that our budget for dinner would be around 15 Euros. We have not yet gotten a hostel to stay in but where told that staying in the old town would be good and close to most things we would want to see. We have no diet restrictions! We would rather eat VERY local so we have a true feel for Istanbul. Any suggestions
Hello Sandra,

Unless you go touristic cafes, eating in Sultanhamet (old town) & Eminönü (spice market area) is quite low-priced. "Tarihi Özkan Köftecisi" is a meatball restaurant liked by locals. However it is a shabby place, but still meatball tastes very good.

A little bit costlier option is "Hamdi
Restaurant". It will worth to go because the wiev is amazing and 'kebap's are delicious.

Still i recomend you not to spend all your 4 days just in Old Town and Spice Market area.

Have fun!
Local May 11, 2017
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Thank you for your information. We will not have a car so will be on foot 3 of us. Any suggestions on where else to go with out a car so that we do not have to be tourist the whole time we are there.

Thank you
Good news; it's much more better not to have a car in İstanbul. -Thanks to traffic and expensive parking areas! :) - You can easily access everywhere by tram, underground metro and ferry.

I highly reccomend to visit "Karaköy" and "Galata". These are quite near to historical island.

Also you can take the ferry from "Eminönü" to go to "Kadıköy". Passing from Europe to Asia by ferry in 20 minutes is a great experience. Also Kadıköy - Moda is an alive neighbour loved by locals.

Hi sandra,
We have many restaurant near the old town. "Karaköy place" is my favourite food area's. You can eat there burgers,pizzas and more. Also you can there drink somethinks. There have very nice club ana coctail bars. If you want to eat some traditional food, you can go "thursday market". You can eat there fish and raki or kebap. All of the names are : "AKIN BALIK, DEM MEYHANE, ALI OCAK BASI, BALTAZAR BURGER, FINN COCTAIL BAR,UNTER BAR". You must have for a each one order (food and drink) average 20€!
Local May 11, 2017
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Hi sandra,
We have many restaurant near the old town. "Karaköy place" is my favourite food area's. You can eat there burgers,pizzas and more. Also you can there drink somethinks. There have very nice club ana coctail bars. If you want to eat some traditional food, you can go "thursday market". You can eat there fish and raki or kebap. All of the names are : "AKIN BALIK, DEM MEYHANE, ALI OCAK BASI, BALTAZAR BURGER, FINN COCTAIL BAR,UNTER BAR". You must have for a each one order (food and drink) average 20€!
Local May 11, 2017
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Hi sandra,
We have many restaurant near the old town. "Karaköy place" is my favourite food area's. You can eat there burgers,pizzas and more. Also you can there drink somethinks. There have very nice club ana coctail bars. If you want to eat some traditional food, you can go "thursday market". You can eat there fish and raki or kebap. All of the names are : "AKIN BALIK, DEM MEYHANE, ALI OCAK BASI, BALTAZAR BURGER, FINN COCTAIL BAR,UNTER BAR". You must have for a each one order (food and drink) average 20€!
Local May 11, 2017
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If you ever consider to go to a traditional Turkish style Raki&Meze restaurant, Karaköy Lokantası is the place you have to go.. prices are not so high but it's a high rated restaurant, reservation is a must!.. Also at in the same area at the roof of the The Haze hotel there's a similar rakı/meze restaurant 'Mükellef' run by a celebrity chef Arda Türkmen.. Very traditional turkish too... If you need futher advise you can contact me anytime. Hope you enjoy the city.. :)
Local May 11, 2017
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If you cross the Galata bridge to Karaköy area there you can find extremely touristic and crowded Namlı Gurme (especially for breakfast and brunch), not a budget place... And near to it there's a legendary Güllüoğlu Baklava shop, which is even more touristic but baklava's are very very fresh and
good there.. At the back of the same building (which is a parking garage actually) you will find Köşkeroğlu Restaurant, still not a budget place but normal prices, You can have nice turkish style kebaps, lahmacun or pide (turkish pizza).. And you can order katmer! for desert.. katmer is a highly recommended desert which is accepted as superior to any baklava... Köşkeroğlu's baklava's are also one of the best in Istanbul. From here you can ask the local people how to get to the Karaköy cafes... It's actaully a street hidden between the buildings. It's probably the highest rated area among the intelligent turkish youth. The places are not budget, however there's a wide variety of food. On the way to the cafes street you will find many small cafes, a soup store, budget supermarket Şok, a small kiosk making a fish wrap (recommended!), a french passage (definitely not a budget restaurants are located here). At the Karaköy cafe's street I would advise baltazar burger as one of the best hamburger in town. You can have a coffee in any of the cafes and enjoy the atmosphere.
Local May 11, 2017
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The best option at the sultanahmet square imo is Sultanahmet Köftecisi, Turkish style grilled meatballs, 100 year recipe. The second option would be to get a tram and get to the Sirkeci metro station from where you can go to Hojapasha. Here you can find many different local restaurants on a budget. You can have döner kebap just accross the Hojapasha mosque. There's a horizontal version of döner kebap at Şehzade Cağ Kebap, but with lamb, cağ (spells as jug) kebap is a very traditional style from Erzurum. The balkan restaurant is extremely cheap and have plenty of varieties of dishes. Just accross the Sirkeci train station at the corner by the traffic lights you can visit Hafız Mustafa, Turkish desert, bakalava and turkish coffee store. Quite tourisitic but ok quality. But if I were you I would try different place, you can go to spice bazaar area which is at 5 min walking distance. Follow the street at the right side of the main entrance. At the corner you will see Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi coffe shop where you can buy a freshly grinded turkish coffee. It is located on a crowded oriental style street full of many shops. If you turn to the first left from that treet there you'll find chicken wings restaurant, a budget place to have some delicious wings. If you don't turn and walk straight the street you can find a very traditional 'künefe' shops(vermicelli desert with cheese inside).There's a hidden small hamburger and steak restaurant very close to that street, Virginia Angus.
Local May 11, 2017
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Honestly, any of the food stalls. Most of them are so good! If you like fish, theres this really wonderful restaurant at Karakoy (just a couple tram stops away from the Old Town and Spice Market) called Tufan Balikci. Its this really small restaurant and everyone sits on little chairs in the alley. He's famous for his balik ekmek (traditional Turkish fish sandwiches). You can look his exact address up from google maps, but by what I remember, its about a 2 minute walk from the Karakoy tram station. Each sandwich costs 8 TL (approx. 2.5 USD).

If youre in Karakoy, DO go to Karakoy Gulloglu. Theyre famous for their baklava, and most of their sweets are outstanding and each portion really wont cost you much. Its another 2 minutes away from the Karakoy tram station. If you ask around, literally anyone can guide you to it. Its ridiculously famous. DO NOT EAT BAKLAVA FROM ANYWHERE ELSE BEFORE HERE! This is the place you should visit first :P

I highly recommend that you try Iskender kebab. You can have it at a popular chain called HD Iskender. Youll find it practically anywhere. One serving costs about 20 TL, but the serving is MASSIVE. Its probably one of my favourite Turkish food.
Local May 11, 2017
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Hi Sandra! I can recommend "Balkan Lokantasi" on a budget. It costs 5€ per person approximately. There are some branches in Besiktas, Taksim, Aksaray. You can taste many kind of Turkish cuisine. Enjoy your holiday!