Istiklal Caddesi Eating & Drinking
By Viator, May 2013
One of the quintessential experiences here is dining at a meyhaneler (tavern) – dozens of these are sprinkled in the side streets off Istiklal Caddesi. The most famous zone by far is called Nevizade Sokak. Follow signs pointing to Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage) and settle into one of the outdoor tables lining the alleyway – there’s easily a dozen taverns here to choose from. Marvel at waiters carting impossible loads of meze and fresh fish, have a glass of raki (liquorice-flavored spirits) and clap hands along with the wandering bands of musicians who ply these backstreets. It’s the ultimate Istanbul dining experience.