Food and dining in Istanbul offer the opportunity to experience the heart and soul of Turkish culture through food with a fusion of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian flavours. Restaurants here offer iconic kebabs and mezes, but street food like döner and simit are essential to Turkish culinary tradition. These can be had at takeaway stands and trucks across the city.

    You'll want to experience Turkish coffee and Turkish Delight, which can be had at sidewalk cafes across the city. While upscale sit-down restaurants can be found, to experience real Turkish dining, head for a meyhanes off the beaten track.

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