What to Eat in Sultanahmet?

Turkish cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. This rich heritage is reflected in the culinary culture in Turkish lands, which is the meeting point of Eastern and Western cultures. You can try many dishes and drinks of Turkish cuisine in Sultanahmet, the tourism capital of Istanbul.

If you want to try delicious dishes and discover the specialties of Turkish cuisine during your Istanbul trip, you should definitely visit the Sultanahmet area. You can discover iconic works dating back thousands of years in Sultanahmet. You will get hungry while visiting monuments such as Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, which are within walking distance. Here again, there are delicious foods that you can reach in this region.

Let’s take a look at the delicious Turkish cuisine dishes you can eat in the Sultanahmet area.

Deraliye Ottoman Palace Cuisine Restaurant

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Our first recommendation, of course, is Deraliye Restaurant, a restaurant where you can find delicious Turkish and Ottoman cuisine. It is a restaurant that you should definitely stop by and examine the menu while visiting Sultanahmet. Deraliye Ottoman Cuisine has an important place among Sultanahmet restaurants.

Ottoman cuisine was a rich cuisine. It has been under the influence of a wide geography from Central Asia to Iran and from Anatolia to the Balkans. Therefore, it has extremely rich food.

Deraliye Restaurant is a restaurant where you can find unique dishes served to sultans in Ottoman palaces.

Sultanahmet meatballs

sultanahmet meatballs

Sultanahmet Köftecisi is right next to the tram station in Sultanahmet. Sultanahmet meatballs, an insatiable flavor with its hot sauce and pickled peppers, is a flavor you should definitely try.



Döner is a world-famous dish of Turkish cuisine. While walking from Sultanahmet in the direction of Beyazıt, you will see many doner restaurants. In these doner restaurants, you should definitely try the doner kebab, which has become the brand of Turkish cuisine. There are few things more delicious than a doner cooked by wood fire.

Haricot Bean

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Haricot beans are an indispensable dish on Turkish tables. It is a wonderful flavor with its oil, paste, beans and spices.

You can find many haricot bean restaurants in Süleymaniye, which is about a 10-minute walk from Sultanahmet Square. These restaurants are lined up side by side in the Sulaymaniyah area. You can sit at the table of anyone you want and enjoy the delicious beans.

While eating a plate of beans, don’t forget to ask for pickles and tzatziki.

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