Getting to the heart of Istanbul’s rich and varied cuisine can be a tall order, but food journalist Katie Parla has spent years helping visitors and locals alike discover the city's dining culture. Katie Parla’s Istanbul lets visitors experience the city like the author, who seeks out the intense sights, sounds and flavors of one of the world’s greatest food cities. If you are looking for the best grilled meats and offal, outstanding mezes, historic sweet shops and off the beaten track markets, this is your app. If you are satisfied eating mediocre meals steps from top tourist attractions, we suggest you look elsewhere.

Key features:
•Once downloaded, the content and maps are available offline.
•GPS automatically finds venues nearby.
•The advanced search filter allows you to sort by category, distance and budget range.
•Simple to share venues with friends via email, Facebook & Twitter.
•Become the critic and save favorite venues to the “My Picks” category.
•Browse “Katie’s Picks” for the best of the best.
•Get the latest Istanbul posts from Parla Food

About the author:
Katie Parla has a master’s degree in Food Studies in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata" and a sommelier certificate from the Federazione Italiana Sommelier Albergatori Ristoratori. She is the author of National Geographic's "Walking Rome", the blog Parla Food, and the app Katie Parla's Rome. Her food criticism and travel writing regularly appear in the New York Times. She lectures on food, beverage and sustainability topics for universities in Europe and the US.

What's New

Version 1.1

New venues

Ratings and Reviews

Excellent guide to Istanbul's foods


Thank you to the terrific Katie Parla for so many excellent tips for eating your way around the fabulous city of Istanbul! We followed her advice for nearly every meal and ate like royalty. Love that the app is usable offline as well. Can't wait to go back to Istanbul again to try more of the recs in the app. 5 stars

Well worth the purchase


Great app, helped us find a number of excellent restaurants in Istanbul. Map feature (including your own location) works offline, which was great for us.

best help through this jungle

Foodie in rome

istanbul's streets are literally lined with eateries of all types - i am sure it is the city with the highest food venue per capita rate. unfortunately, good food is very hard to find! the damous turkish cusine is going down the same fast food/convenience/cheap/huge amounts drain as other countries.
this app is an indispensible help with finding the good quality, the good value, true to origins stuff. like she says, she really is eating the bad food so we don't have to. if you care about what you put in your mouth, if you want to eat well in this crazy city, find the real artisans - this is THE help!
love the offline map function and all data is available without roaming, too!
you can sort the venues according to distance, budget and various categories, which is a great help on the fly.


Kathryn Parla
190.3 MB
Food & Drink
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Italian
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
© Katie Parla


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