There seem to be many good eateries in the vicinity of Istanbul’s Taksim Square, Unfortunately, we had just four nights in the city and were only able to try a few restaurants in this area. We learned about most of them while watching the Istanbul episode of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘No Reservations’. Several of our top recommendations listed here are located on or around the main pedestrian street, İstiklal Caddesi, that connects Taksim Square with the neighborhood around the Galata Tower.
Kızılkayalar Hamburgers – wedged in amongst a row of street side fast food joints, this little kiosk serves delicious and extremely inexpensive ‘soggy burgers’ and döner. Arriving late to our hotel on our first night in the city, we realized that getting a table at a restaurant could be difficult, and though Gayla was quite skeptical of the quality, we decided to try the neighborhood street food. And, were quite pleased. The burger is less meat and more bun, but high on spice and flavor, bordering on addictive. We went back for more. Multiple times. During the same visit. Several burgers, a chicken döner, and drinks came to about 6 Euros (20 TL). Not a bad choice for our intro to Instanbul. Kızılkayalar is located at Siraselviler Avenue No. 2, near Taksim Square.