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Sultanahmet Köftecisi

Best local joint for trying Turkish köfte for the first time…

Sultanahmet Koftecisi


So, you’re in the Sultanahmet area looking for a place to eat? Do yourself a favor and just walk over to Sultanahmet Köftecisi. But make sure you find the right place; as everybody in Sultanahmet claims to be the real venue. Of course, that’s not so…

Opened in 1920, this local is today run by the 4th generation family members who turned this 3-storey shop into a serious franchisor. It’s said that the secret to the taste is that they have been buying their meat from the same butcher and their vegetables from the same vegetable store for more than 50 years. That’s one way of maintaining quality and taste!

You don’t have many options here other than meatballs. The question is how much? We recommend one “porsiyon köfte”, Turkish for a portion good for one person. It comes with piyaz (bean salad) and green salad on the side. Feel free to order one and a half if you’re really hungry and think you can do better.

Open for lunch and dinner.

We like: Köfte (meatballs), piyaz (bean salad) and ayran (traditional yoghurt drink).

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