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Kantin Dükkan Opens in Bebek


In the interest of full disclosure I will put it right out there: Kantin’s chef Şemsa Denizsel is a close friend and I am writing this post from the comfort of her home. In other words, this won’t exactly be my standard anonymous review. That said, I loved Şemsa’s cooking and bold personality long before our friendship blossomed and I am not the only journalist obsessed with her food. And you can hardly blame us. If you eat at Kantin, the restaurant in Nişantaşı, or at the brand new Kantin Dükkan in Bebek, I doubt you will find our judgement biased, but rather appropriately reverent.

The food at Kantin is some of the best in Istanbul the world. The fiercely seasonal dishes, spectacular breads made with heritage wheats and commitment to teaching have led Şemsa to be dubbed the “Alice Waters of Turkey”. But never fear, Kantin doesn’t serve elitist Kool-Aid, just excellent nose-to-tail and farm-to-table dishes.


At Kantin Dükkan, which opened in Bebek on April 4, you will find some of the same prepared foods, baked goods and sauces that are sold at the Dükkan beneath the restaurant in Nişantaşı. But the Bebek location also serves breakfast, filter coffee, homemade ginger ale and sandwiches, which can be enjoyed at benches outside. This morning I ate a delectable grilled cheese made with kaşar, pickled red onions and mustard on sourdough.

Kantin Dukkan is open seven days a week Mon-Sat from 8:30am until 8:00pm. Breakfast is served until 10:30am. The shop is located opposite the Bebek Park at Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No: 43/C.







2017-02-17T15:16:51+00:00 April 13th, 2013|Categories: Food & Wine, Istanbul, Sweets & Dessert, Travel, Turkish Cuisine|7 Comments


  1. Steve Braverman April 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Defintely on the list of places to go when we visit Istanbul this summer!

    BTW, when is your Istanbul food app being released?

    • Katie April 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      Check it out for sure! The istanbul app will be released march 15, 2013 sometime this month i hope! definitely before the summer:)

  2. Billy Cross April 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Dear Katie:
    My name is Billy Cross. I am an American but I have lived all over the world. Currently I live in Barcelona, Istanbul. and in Mexico (Cuernavaca and a small island off of the pacific coast). I am a gay man and I spend quite a bit of time in Istanbul because I have a wonderful Turkish boyfriend by the name of Turap. At your suggestion on your blog we just went to eat in Kadakoy at Halil. Possibly the best pide I have had in Istanbul; although their is a very good place in Uskudar at Sultantepe. A little hole in the wall with a wood fired oven and a wonderful hot spice red sauce that goes under the cheese before it is cooked. We cannot wait to go to Kantin that you reviewed on your blog. I am thrilled to find you on the internet. Istanbul can be wonderful but sometimes it is difficult to shift through the ‘junky tourist food” that you find all over the place. Thanks for being”here, their and everywhere” and we will let you know after we go to eat at Kantin. Best wishes, and continued success and happiness. Billy Cross and Turap Senel

    • Katie April 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Billy and Turap! i am so glad you liked halil and if you know the name of the place in uskudar let me know! i am always on the prowl! 🙂 if you are into all sorts of food and neighborhoods, stay tuned for my app “Katie Parla’s Istanbul” which will (hopefully!) be out next week. There is some really fun stuff in there! also check out this page for some other favorites: http://www.parlafood.com/my-istanbul/ afiyet olusn!!

  3. Molly April 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Kantin in Bebek?? I wished we still lived in Etiler!! We’re back in the states now but were regulars at Kantin in Nisantisi and miss it so so so much!! Good luck Semsa, and when will you be opening an outpost in New Orleans?



  4. s April 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Semsa is a really nice lady – I didnt eat at Kantin (we had our baby with us and it isnt a baby-friendly place) but we did buy goodies from the deli she has downstairs – everything was delicious. I hope to try this place out when we are in Istanbul again. Your review isnt biased – her food truly is wonderful! x s
    PS I now have an iphone – guess which app I am about to hit the ‘purchase’ button for! 😉

  5. Mamma Parla April 17, 2013 at 2:38 am - Reply

    No doubt that Semsa is an amazing chef and her restaurant in Nasantasi serves the best farm-to-table food that I have ever eaten. I cannot wait to go to Kantin Dukkan! Another reason (as if I need one!) tomgo back to Istanbul! Congratulations and good luck Semsa!

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