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Feb 24, 2011 05:05 AM


Checking to see if I could scare up some Chowhound recs for Istanbul. We'll be staying in Sultanhamet and spending 4 days, so I don't expect we'll get too far afield. We're both vegetarian (no meat or fish, but we do eat eggs / dairy), so anything particularly veg-friendly would be most welcome. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Istanbul is covered on the Europe board ( You might want to search the board over there for Sultanahmet options. Not to far away is Fatih Karadeniz Pidecisi and you can't do much better than a peynirli pide (cheese pide) from that place. It is outstanding./

    1. On Friday nights, head to the Four Seasons in Sultanahmet for a wine and cheese tasting. It's basically all you can eat and drink for 30 lira. It's a lot of fun. You can make a reservation, but you don't usually need one.

      Also, I'd highly recommend getting out of the Sultanahment area at least some of the time b/c it's so touristy and just one part of the city. Def. check out the night life and great restaurants in Tasksim or Beyo─člu.

      You can get some great mezzes at rakici asmalimescit in Taksim...See my full review at Although the restaurant focuses on seafood, you can make a great meal off the selection of mezzes.