As the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is home to vibrant and diverse cultures and cuisine. Tony explores this massive city, meeting new friends and tasting world-class food along the way.

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Balkan Lokantasi

Tony tries the traditional lunch of the market workers in Istanbul at Balkan Lokantasi restaurant.

Hocapasa Mahallesi Hocapasa Sok No. 26, Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey


A local chef takes Tony shopping for offal and then to a friend's restaurant to cook it up.

Kalyoncu Caddesi No. 58, Balikpazari Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey


This spot features recipes from the Ottoman Empire.

Kariye Camii Sokak No. 6, Edirnekapi, Istanbul, Turkey

Vefa Bozacisi

A local favorite, Vefa Bozacisi has been concoting a unique drink made with chickpeas for years.

Katip Celebi Caddesi No. 104/1 Vefa, Istanbul, Turkey

Kale Cafe

Tony sits down to a traditional Turkish breakfast on the Bosphorus River.

Yahya Kemal Caddesi No. 16 34470 Rumelihisan, Istanbul, Turkey

Roke Balik Restaurant

Roke sits on a breakwater overlooking both the Black Sea and the Bosphorus River and is known for its fresh fish.

Rumeli Feneri Liman ici No. 1 Rumelifeneri, Istanbul, Turkey

Sur Ocakbasi

Baby lamb cooked in an underground oven is on the menu for lunch at this favorite spot in the Fatih District of Istanbul.

Iftaiye Cad No. 27 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

Kalamar Restaurant

The place in the busy Nevizade district of Istanbul is where locals unwind with Raki and Mezzes.

Huseyin Aga Mahallesi Sahne Sokak No. 33, Balikpazari Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey


Kizilkayalar serves up Doner kebab and Wet Hamburgers to bar-hopping Turks.

Siraselviler Caddesi No. 6 Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey


Lamachun is served at Tatbak and has been for several years. Tatbak is a popular lunch spot for business-minded Turks.

Akkavak Sokak 28/A Nisantasi, Istanbul, Turkey


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