One of Istanbul's oldest meyhanes, this is located in the historic neighborhood of Yedikule, famous for the fortress of seven towers which gives the district its name. There isn't much else in the way of wining and dining options, but this place is a destination in itself. The high ceilings and central chandelier indicate that is a classy sort of meyhane. Decoration comes in the form of vintage raki posters and glass- fronted cabinets bearing a large amount of the anis-flavored spirit. Unlike some of its more raucous counterparts, no music is played here. The focus is instead on the deep and meaningful conversations that inevitably emerge as tongues are loosened. The food here is standard meze fare but of a good quality and reasonably priced. Meals always start with a selection of vegetarian and seafood mezes followed by either grilled meat or fish, depending on what's been caught that day. Frequented by local intellectuals, young professionals, and very few tourists, this place has bags of atmosphere in the evenings and is well worth the trip.
121 İlyasbey Cad.
Our Rating Neighborhood Yedikule Hours Mon-Sat noon-midnight Transportation Bus: TH1 to Yedikule, then walk Phone 0212/585 5594 Prices
Main courses TL12-TL26Cuisine Type Turkish Web site Safa
Map121 İlyasbey Cad. Istanbul
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