The Bosphorus, which divides the city into two, gives Istanbul its uniqueness, not only in the means of splendid view, trade and transport but also in the variety of fish in different seasons. Thanks to the currents and the different temperatures on various levels, the Bosphorus is fairly a paradise for fish. According to the season, the fish migrate between the Black Sea and the Marmara and are caught during the migration seasons.
From November to February it is hamsi (anchovy) season at Bosphorus. February to May izmarit (picarel) and mezgit (haddock) can be found. Among the autumn fish, you can taste iskorpit (scorpion fish) between October to December. One of the most popular fish among Bosphorus is lüfer (blue fish) and its best season is between August and October.
There are numerous fish restaurants on both sides of the Bosphorus. Neighborhoods like Arnavutköy, Bebek, Rumeli Hisarı, Emirgan, İstinye on the European side and Kuzguncuk, Beykoz, Beylerbeyi, Anadolu Kavağı on the Asian side hosts a number of runnings varies from cheap dirt balık ekmek (fish sandwich) stalls to A list hip restaurants. With the breathtaking view from every angle, Bosphorus no doubt is the best address to eat fish.