Best restaurants in Istanbul: Rejuvenated food city
Talya Arditi and Gareth Rees, for CNN Travel
With a view this great, don't forget to eat.
Fat kebabs sweating on spits near Taksim Square; mussels stuffed with rice and sprayed with lemon from a mobile street stall along Istiklal Avenue; sandwiches stuffed with fish plucked from the Bosphorus -- this is Turkish street food in all its glory.
But over the past decade the best restaurants in Istanbul have proven themselves on a par with most other foodie cities, with a diverse offering from international super-brands to cafes catering to Istanbuls growing community of young, creative, fine-dining professionals.
Here's a sampling of the best restaurants in Istanbul.
Mikla has been at the forefront of the citys contemporary food scene since it opened in 2005.
Chef-patron Mehmet Gürs -- a regular on Turkish television -- claims that his food is a reflection of his Turkish-Scandinavian background. He places an emphasis on local produce.
Aegean octopus, salted and dried beef with humus and pistachio birdsh-- paste and warm mulberry soup with cinnamon crumbs and tahini ice cream are all featured on an inspired menu.
Views over the city from the restaurants terrace, taking in the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, are astonishing.
The hotels rooftop bar makes great pre-dinner drinks and the views from here are even more spectacular.
Mikla, The Mamara Pera, 15 Mesrutiyet Caddesi, Beyoglu; +90 212 293 5656
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