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Local Dining Tips: Istanbul, the Gastronomic Gateway to the East

Windstar Cruises has partnered with SAVEUR, a leading epicurean brand for culinary travel content, to develop a collection of local dining tips to uncover the world’s most delicious destinations for culinary travelers. Share your favorite dining tip using #WindstarDiningTips

Taste of Turkey

Ciya Sofrasi
Caferağa Mh., Güneşli Bahçe Sk No:43, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 216 330 3190
A simple lokanta (“workingman’s restaurant”) on a colorful street on the Asian side of the Bosphorous, Ciya Sofrasi has a humble atmosphere–think: tile floors, no tablecloths, and cafeteria-style service–that belies the artistry of chef Musa Dağdeviren and the ambitious deliciousness of his food. That the cooking is seasonal and ingredients largely local is not a matter of trendiness, but tradition: Dağdeviren’s passion is preserving homestyle recipes–like lamb meatballs with sour cherries and layered pistachio pastries crowned with thick cream–from every corner of Anatolia.

Market Watch

Inebolu Sunday Market
Inebolu Market: Toprak Tabya Sokak across from Sururi Park, Kasımpaşa; Sunday from 6am – 4pm
Thanks to its location at the watery crossroads of three continents, trade has been central to Istanbul’s identity for millennia. Today, two of the best places to catch colorful commerce in action are the Karakoy Fish Market — a collection of stalls under the Galata Bridge offering picturesque views and super fresh local seafood, like hamsi sandwiches and fried sardines– and Inebolu Sunday Market, a local Beyoğlu bazaar jammed with fragrant herbs and truckloads of perfect produce, plus some lovely edible souvenirs, like Black Sea honey and fresh walnuts.

Explore these epicurean delights on the following Windstar voyages:

  • Black Sea Tapestry
  • Greek Isles & Turkish Delights
  • Pride of the Aegean


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