Typical Turkish breakfast would have to be the one that has a touch of the sea, virgin black olives, honey and cream, bagels, 'menemen' (special egg dish) and black tea.
The list here tries to compile all these in one place.
Day 1 - Istanbul
The cafe of Istanbul Modern Museum has this long and big balcony overlooking the Bosphorus -and physically set right next to it. The view is grandioso, in other words magnificet, as the place not only sees the vast sea and the monuments, but also big and small ships that rest by the shore. Menu is delightful, offering traditional Turkish breakfast with homemade breads from bakery, various types of egg dishes and muesli / cereals.
Assk Cafe is an all time favorite, especially if you go early on a weekday. Weekends tend to get way too crowded. Get a table that rests against the sea on the little port of the cafe, enjoy the rocking sounds of the waves and delicacies of the Assk bakery and cafe. The homemade, giant buns (flaky / pastry) and the croissants are a must try, along with the organic honey and cream. Last but not least, the grilled halloumi cheese, the favorable Turkish egg dish 'menemen' and pancakes are also among the must-trys.
Sade Kahve offers every food item that could be found on a typical Turkish breakfast table. Always very crowded, but the queue is not dreadfully long -since the turnover is so high. The only handicap of this 'traditional' place is the road passing between you and the sea, hence the noise of the cars.
Sumahan is a favorite not only for its food, but also for its peaceful atmosphere and position next to the sea on the Asian Bosphorus. Arrange to cross Bosphorus with the sea taxi or Sumahan's own boat. That is what is called a memorable experience.
Ritz offers 'very' big brunches. Goes perfect with champagne...
Mangerie is expensive, but both the food and the view are outstanding. Again, go early to avoid waiting lines or having to sit inside.
Santralistanbul is an alternative place that is not by the Bosphorus. Nevertheless, good food, entertainment and green parks are worth a visit.
Breakfasting on simit, kasar and Turkish tea (Turkish bagels, Turkish cheese and black tea) is a bohemian option on the islands.
Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Liman Sahasý Antrepo No: 4
tel: 90 212 334 7300
fax: 90 212 243 4319
Muallim Naci Cad. 170/A
34975 Istanbul, Turkey
tel: 90 212 265 47 34
fax: +90 212 287 5780
Yahya Kemal Caddesi No:36/1 Rumelihisari
tel: 90 212 358 23 24
fax: 90 212 257 29 48
Kuleli Caddesi no: 51 Çengelköy
34684 Istanbul, Turkey
tel: 90 216 422 8000
fax: 90 216 422 8008
Askerocaği Caddesi No. 15
Suzer Plaza, Elmadağ, Şişli
34367 Istanbul, Turkey
tel: 90 212 334 4444
fax: 90 212 334 4455
Cevdetpasa Caddesi 69 Bebek
80810 Istanbul, Turkey
tel: 90 212 263 51 99
Eski Silahtarağa Bektrik Santralı Kazım Karabekir Caddesı No.1
34060 Istanbul, Turkey
tel: 90 212 311 5000 / 90 212 444 0428
fax: +90 212 444 0428