Eating in Istanbul
Find the perfect place to eat in Istanbul can be a real challenge for food lovers, because Turkish gastronomy and especially Istanbul cuisine has a great variety of typical dishes, result of its rich history of different cultures.
Star Food: Döner Kebab
Is most demanded food by the visitors to Istanbul. It consists of roast lamb or chicken and cuted into small strips and served in a special bread, accompanied by vegetal salted and sauces. The classic and perfect drink to enjoy the taste of the authentic Kebab, is called Ayran, composed of yogurt and water.
Establishments and Zones
Istanbul offers many different places with different specialties. First there are the fast-food, called Büfe, where you can get all varieties of kebab. Other establishments typical in the city are called Kebapçi also serve Döner Kebab among many other typical plates like Shish Kebab or meatballs.
There are also other places called Pideci, its specialty is the Pide and Lahmacun, typical of Istanbul very similar to the pizza.
Dinner in Istanbul, is an other thing, because at night predominate over all restaurants of traditional and international cuisine. For dining in Istanbul, there are different places or restaurants with different specialties. They are the Meyhane, a kind of tavern where you can drink and eat accompanied by the Turkish folk music. There are also Ocakbsi, here people sit around a big BBQ, The drink served in these places is always Raki, Turkish schnapps.
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