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Mar 1, 2013 03:41 AM

Istanbul Trip Report February 2013

We just got back from a very brief trip to Istanbul.

We ate very well at the following places. Yes, even in Sultanahmet!

Spread out in 3 locations - Take the ferry over to the Asian side for lunch here
Ciya Kebap
Caferaga Mah. Güneslibahce Sk. 48/B Kadiköy - Istanbul
(216) 336 30 13

For the best breakfast in Istanbul it is worth hunting down this place
Besiktas Kaymakci aka Pando Kaymak
Koyici Meydani Sok., Besiktas     
Telephone: 212-258-2616

Lovely fish restaurant near the Empress Zoe Hotel
Balıkçı Sabahattin
Seyit Hasan Koyu Sokak 1 
212 458 1824

Billed by many as the best gilled lamb and kofte in Istanbul
Tarihi Sultanahmet Koftecisi 
Divanyolu Caddesi 12

Other information I found helpful:

I suggest downloading the Apps

Istanbul eats

Sutro’s Istanbul Adventure

The following websites were also helpful with meal and neighborhood planning

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  1. Did you find it difficult to get around? I am looking at going there, but the maps and language seem difficult.

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    1. re: law_doc89

      Not at all - I live in Rome and somehow Istanbul seems much easier to navigate.

      The more difficult places (like Pando) we took a taxi and had the taxi driver find it for us :)

      With my iPhone and the apps I downloaded and very helpful Turks, we were always able to find where we wanted to go.