The food offering in Istanbul varies immensely as does the culinary influences from a great many and diverse civilizations. The culinary influences on the Turkish traditional cuisine -which descends from the Ottoman- is a fine blend of Mediterrenean, Middle Eastern, Aegean and marine influences.
On the one hand are great vegetable dishes soaked in virgin olive oil in the Aegean region. These couple with fresh fish from the four different Sea coasts: the Med, Aegean, Black and Marmara Sea.
Going south and east, we have the actual kebab culture. This is spicy, heavy and buttery. Kebab, as you probably already know, is one of the most well-known local cuisine types.
There is yet another and a specific category known as "home-cooking". Home-cooking refers to dishes cooked inside pans and pots with water and herbs. To get a real taste of this kind of cooking you will have to visit a friends' home... Or, you will have to find a friend or a friendly someone to teach you to cook these flavours. If you can't take home your favorite dish in Istanbul, do the next best thing: learn how to replicate these culinary wonders in cooking classes.
Mesrutiyet Caddesi 59, Tepebasi
One of the best culinary schools in the city with connections abroad... read more
Meydan Sokak Beybi Giz B Blok No: 123-136 Maslak
Cooking workshops for amateurs and the interested; advanced courses for the professionals... read more
İstiklal Cad. Mim Han No:55 Kat:6 (Next to Megavizyon and over Istiklal Bookstore), Beyoglu
Interesting + fun activity, a break from your sightseeing and shopping along the Istiklal... read more
Vali Konağı Cad. Uğur Apt 14/3
Nuri Paşa Cad. No: 158 Tarabya
Food styling, catering, consultancy, TV shoots, cooking and for more... read more
Akbiyik Caddesi 72a, Sultanahmet
İstiklal Caddesi Misir Apt. No:163
Learn to cook what you eat the House Cafe... read more
Rumeli Cad No:5/1, Nisantasi
Kucuk Ayasofya Caddesi 26, Sultanahmet
Cook Ottoman Food during your stay at Sarnic Hotel... read more
Bagdat Cad. Rüstiye sok. No: 10 Kiziltoprak
To learn to cook all wonders of chocolate... read more