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BRUNCH

The idea of Sunday brunch may seem quintessentially Western but it’s a habit that has caught on fast in İstanbul, especially in the Bosphorus suburbs where the wonderful views encourage people to stretch breakfast out into the early afternoon. You’ll see signs advertising “açık büfe (open buffet)” breakfasts that are served until one or two in the afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays, or even “günboyu (all day)” breakfasts at a few favored locations such as Ortaköy, Kuruçeşme, Rumeli Hisarı, and Florya on the Sea of Marmara out towards Atatürk International Airport. 

Most of the four and five-star hotels are also big on brunches. Of course the prices will be higher (usually much higher), but the choice of dishes on offer adds up to nothing short of a banquet. The Four Seasons Sultanahmet, for example, serves a wonderful eat-as-much-as-you-like breakfast for TL99 with almost no treats missed out. 

Elsewhere in Turkey Cumalıkızak near Bursa is also well-known for its brunches as is Bitez on the Bodrum Peninsula.

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