We picked a number of the best areas in Istanbul for Turkish and non-Turkish breakfasts.
Definitely, among the best places to begin your daily life, Mangerie is like something which was hauled from New York to the third floor of a building in the upscale Bebek area overlooking the Bosphorus. You’ll find everything from pancakes to Eggs Benedict with bacon to the traditional Turkish breakfast spread.
ÇAKMAK KAHVATLI SALONU
The area around the Şair Veysi Street at the Beşiktaş area is famous for its own breakfast cafes where you can indulge in the full Turkish breakfast (if you can find a seat, that’s ). Among the best and oldest among the numerous is Çakmak, where the breakfast spread includes olive and cheese varieties from all over Turkey, honey and clotted cream, eggs (the menemen-omelet with peppers and tomatoes comes recommended), along with their famous kavurma (braised lamb meat).
Among the best places to have breakfast by the Bosphorus, Aşşk Kahve is hidden away past a grocery store and stands out with its shabby-chic décor. You’ll find the complete Turkish breakfast spread including honey and olives from Datça, homemade jams, and even bacon. You might even choose to make your breakfast a little special with some Mimosas or Bellinis.
An Istanbul institution when it comes to the traditional Turkish breakfast spread, Kale (which translates into the tower in Turkish, not to be confused with the leaf cabbage) is a simple Kahvaltıcı (breakfast café) from the Bosphorus. What the place lacks in décor it constitutes with its very big Serpme Kahvaltısı, so that your table will be overrun with a mix of all the specialties.
The trendy audience in Istanbul loves Backyard because of its garden where they hang out on the weekends once the weather is finally warm.
VAN KAHVALTI EVI
Among the most popular breakfast places around the weekend, Van Kahvaltı Evi at Cihangir is always complete so expect to wait a bit for a table. Deriving its name from the Turkish city of Van, renowned for its breakfast, the café certainly pays homage to its origins with a complete breakfast spread of Turkish classics.