Tarihi Sultanahmet Köfteci, Istanbul

Most tourists visiting Istanbul for the first time are likely to be staying in Sultanahmet – the area boasting Sultanahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque), Aya Sofya and Topkapı Palace. And, of course, wherever there is a glut of tourists, it naturally follows that there is a glut of expensive souvenir shops, bars and restaurants. It’s a fact of life wherever you are in the world – and Sultanahmet is no exception.

Eating Out In Sultanahmet

But that doesn’t mean people on a budget need to avoid these areas like the plague. And it also doesn’t mean you have to pay ridiculous prices for a decent fill of Turkish food. You only have to walk a few hundred metres out of Sultanahmet to find street food treats like Cihan Derya Balık Lokanta. For a sit-down meal and a large bottled Efes (a rarity in Istanbul), we found Palatium to be reasonable and perfectly chilled. And, of course, they have their added bonus of a little secret underworld, too…

Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi, Istanbul

Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi, Istanbul

It’s along the Divanyolu Caddesi, the main road leading from Sultanahmet towards Beyazıt, where you’ll find bars and restaurants with prices to make you develop a bad case of watery eyes. But, even here, you can find places to fill your tummy without decimating the insides of your wallet.

Decent Köfte

Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi is one such place. We went there for the first time in October hoping for a simple, cheap (for Sultanahmet) meal. And, although it wasn’t as good as the amazing köfte we ate at Edirnekapı’s Durak Rumeli Köfteci (nothing will ever beat that – it was the situation we were in), it was certainly a decent köfte at a reasonable price.

Köfte At Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi In Sultanahmet, Istanbul

A portion of Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi köfte

We sat in a 1920s-style eating area and ordered our köfte. The waiter soon arrived with a generous serving of 6 meaty köfte with a side of 3 large, pickled chillies and a basket of thick wedges of fresh bread. It definitely filled a corner for us. We also ordered a plate of piyaz because we just can’t resist. Köfte without piyaz just isn’t köfte for us.

Sultanahmet Tarihi Köftecisi is not the cheapest food you’re going to find in Istanbul. But to be able to sit in prime tourist land, a stone’s throw from three of the most famous historic buildings in the world, the price and the quality got a thumbs up from us.

Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi, Istanbul – More Info

  • Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi is at 12, Divanyolu Caddesi, Sultanahmet.
  • We paid 11 lira each (October 2011) for a plate of köfte. Each was served with a side of pickled chillies and a basket of fresh bread.

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Comments

  1. honestly i dont like it:)
    i like Köfteci Ramiz more:)

  2. @ Yesim: When you’re hungry and not very rich in Sultanahmet, it does the trick. Where is Köfteci Ramiz? Will give that a try next time we’re in Istanbul. 🙂

  3. I dont know if Kofteci Ramiz around sultanahmet but ther r lots around city.. and it s famous also 🙂
    If u go istiklal street there s one:)

  4. @ Yesim: Tamam! We shall find one next time we’re there – hopefully this year sometime. 🙂

  5. Street food and hole in the walls are the best places to travel – away from all the commotion!

  6. @ Belinda: Fully agreed. We love going to Istanbul just so we can munch on all the fab street food there. 🙂

  7. wow….wish i could try this!

  8. Personally I prefer going downhill to the big restaurants facing the Galatasaray Bridge, but for Sultanahmet this sounds really good.
    Mette

  9. sounds wonderful- it is not only true of Turkey- about not having to pay alot for an area that might normally be thought of as expensive- it is good to see you know where to go and it was good!! It sure looked delicious- I loved the pickled chilis!!

  10. @Jaz: You’ll have to make the journey over to Turkey to give it a go! 🙂

    @ Italian Notes: Yeah, Sultananhmet is not famous for it’s culinary displays but at least this one is affordable. 🙂

    @Anjuli: Impossible to enjoy a meal without the pickled chillies these days. They’re lovely aren’t they. 🙂

  11. It sounds delightful. One day I’ll stroll those street for my self.

  12. @ Andrew Graeme Gould: You should. It’s a photographer’s dream. You’d love it. 🙂

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