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Van Kahvaltı Evi is the restaurant that started the big breakfast phenomenon in Istanbul. Arrive early and arrive hungry! I‘m yet to see anyone yet who can clear the entire meal, but it’s the best introduction to the eastern Turkish way of starting the day.

Address: Defterdar Yokuşu No. 52/A, Cihangir, Beyoğlu

Phone: 0212 293 6437

Çakmak Kahvaltı Salonu is one of the oldest breakfast houses in the Beşiktaş area, still pumping with locals and a few tourists who discovered this gem. It specialises in clotted cream with honey, local cheeses, eggs with spicy sausage and kavurma (a kind of meat stew) and it stays open for brunch and lunch.