Although excellent views along the Bosphorus are not in short supply, finding a place that also serves excellent food can be a different story. This Turkish teahouse nestled on the Bosphorus’s European bank manages to combine the two. With the breakfast menu including Turkish-style honey and cream, a selection of eggs and gözleme, and all dishes accompanied by all-you-can-drink black tea, this is the perfect place for a lazy Saturday morning.
Sade Kahve, Yahya Kemal Caddesi 20A, Rumelihisarı Mahallesi, Sarıyer, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 358 2324
Emirgan Sütiş offers an excellent selection of natural, regional food, served against the stunning backdrop of the Bosphorus. The breakfast menu is carefully curated around top-quality produce, ensuring all ingredients are sourced from well-known farms. The jams are made without any added preservatives or artificial ingredients, while the sourdough bread is freshly baked on-site 24 hours a day. Should you leave feeling a little full, walk it off with a stroll to Emirgan Park where the Tulip Festival is in full swing this April.
Emirgan Sütiş, Sakıp Sabancı Caddesi 1/3, Emirgan Mahallesi, Sarıyer, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 323 5030
Join the locals and head over to the Kale Café. This quiet neighbourhood favourite puts on a wonderful spread of cheeses, tomatoes, jams, eggs and doughy delights which will satisfy even the hungriest family member. This culinary hotspot is located in the Rumelihisarı European neighbourhood and, while you’re there, we recommend visiting the old fortress that gives its name to the area.
Kale Café, Yahya Kemal Caddesi 16, Rumelihisarı Mahallesi, Sarıyer, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 265 0097
Van Kahvaltı Evi
The crowning glory of the Cihangir breakfast scene, Van Kahvaltı Evi is famous for taking breakfast seriously, and the queues lining up outside confirm this. Once inside, your order will be filled within moments and plates of cheeses, honey, kaymak cream, eggs and olives will descend upon your table. For those in small groups, or those feeling hungry, try the serpme kahvalti – a variety of small platters of different breakfast items.
Van Kahvaltı Evi, Defterdar Yokuşu 52A, Cihangir, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 293 6437
Even the spectacular view of the Galata Tower will be hard pushed to distract you from the delicacies served at Privato Café. The set menu is a traditional affair with a selection of eggs, home-made jams and breads, as well as sweet pancakes and borek. The cosy interior, stunning scenic views and continuous flow of tea will keep you there long after the meal is finished.
Privato Café, Galip Dede Caddesi, Timarci Sokak 3B, Galata, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 293 2055