/Fish – Balık

Fish – Balık


The greatest variety of fish I have ever seen in one place has been in Istanbul. It is, after all, a city of 16-20 million (estimates vary) built on three bodies of water: the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus, and the Sea of Marmara. We can throw in the Black Sea, too, since a huge amount of fish from there is sold and consumed in Istanbul. The city’s long Bosphorus coast is where Istanbullus head to eat fish at balık (fish) restaurants. A favorite destination of locals in Yeniköy, where I recently joined my friends Zeynep and Emre, Istanbul natives and die hard foodies, for a proper balık binge. Add a generous amount of rakı to any such feast and you’ve got yourself a meal.

2016-01-07T14:38:18+00:00 March 15th, 2009|Categories: Fish, Istanbul|3 Comments


  1. shayma June 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    any tips on specific places, Katie? x shayma

    • Katie June 19, 2010 at 9:17 am - Reply

      yes! Iskele in Rumeli Hisari. It is excellent and just under the 2nd bridge. avoid weekends as the traffic to get there is totally insane.

      Iskele Restaurant
      Yahal Kemal Cad. No 1
      Rumelihisarı – Istanbul

  2. shayma June 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Thank you. x shayma

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