Kumkapı: Seafood and mezes

Located at Fatih district, Kumkapı is one of the neighborhoods of historical peninsula. As a neighborhood by the sea, Kumkapı has always used as a port throughout the history.

Located at Fatih district, Kumkapı is one of the neighborhoods of historical peninsula. As a neighborhood by the sea, Kumkapı has always used as a port throughout the history. Used to called Konto Skalion meaning little pier at the Byzantine times, Kumkapı’s population was mostly Armenians and Greeks. Still high in Armenian residents, Kumkapı hosts an Armenian school, churches to see and Istanbul Armenian Patriarchate.

The diversity of the neighborhood reflects on food culture. Kumkapı is popular with its sea food restaurants and taverns. Menus are blasting with different kinds of mezes, which are mostly cold served dishes cooked with olive oil. At Kumkapı, you can try traditional Armenian, Greek and Ottoman meze types.

It’s not only meze makes the neighborhood a indispensable address for food: The neighborhood is also famous with seafood and fish variety. At Kumkapı, you can enjoy different tastes at a 80 years old restaurant and experience another dimension of Istanbul’s night life.

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