Look out for traditional foods like kaymak (clotted buffalo cream), grape molasses and tarhana (a fermented mix of grain and yogurt that is often made into a soup). Turk Fatih Tutak by Chef Fatih Tutak is a must-visit, named one of the world’s best new restaurants for 2020 by CNN Travel, it’s located in the up-and-coming Bomonti district and making waves for its creative riffs on classic Turkish dishes.
Working closely with local farmers and fishermen, his innovative creations see popular street snack midye (stuffed mussels) reimagined as a mussel shell made from dried tamarind, coloured with squid ink and filled with mussels, white onion and rice. www.turkft.com
It’s Where You’ll Find Turkey’s Largest Mosque
The city’s iconic Blue Mosque should still be worked into the travel itinerary, but the new one in town is also a must. Completed in March 2019, the hard-to-miss Grand Camlica Mosque is located in the Asian quarter of Uskudar.