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Best Byzantine restaurants and places to visit?

I'm heading to Istanbul in a few weeks and am specially interested in the Byzantine part of the cities history, in particular the period when the Vikings were the emperors life guard. So, do you have any tips on which streets, or buildings date back to that period (9th-11th centuries) and if there are any restaurants specializing in Byzantine cuisine?

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Gillian from Tenderloin

Your best bet would be Asitane, right by the 11th century Chora Church (Kariye Kilesi in Turkish, itself a must-visit) in the Edirnekapi section of the old city: They serve dishes derived from Byzantine and Ottoman palace recipes. 

Istanbul Eats, a local food blog, also runs an excellent food tour called 'Culinary Secrets of the Old City'

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Hagia Sophia is the most well-known place that date back to that period. Yerebatan Sarnıcı (Basilica Cistern) which is very near to Hagia Sophia is also a Byzantine building. Both of this buildings are mentioned in Dan Brown's last book (Inferno). I suggest you to read this book before visiting İstanbul.

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Sebnem from Istanbul

I would definitly recommend you the  Zeyrekhane which is close to the Aqueducts of the Old Town. It has a beautiful view on the Golden Horn. Beware of the prices since they are not very cheap, but worth every cent. You'll get Ottoman food presented on very authentic plates. It's not a touristic hub. The building is a part of a Byzantine Monastry build 118 A.C.  

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answered by
Ahmet from Istanbul

hi, there is a Hotel called Antik Sofia Hotel and in this hotel you can find the Marmarion Terrace Restaurant:

Marmarion Restaurant & Bar offers assortments of Turkish and the World cuisine accompanied by a view of the Marmara Sea, Prince’s Islands, Beyazit Tower, minarets of the Blue Mosque, old and new Istanbul. 

Delicatessen assortments, salads accompanied by special sauces, snacks, daily menu, open buffet or a-la carte options are prepared by our experienced cooks, our genial service is waiting for a blissful break.

If you like fish, you can prefer the Byzantine Menu; if you like traditional food, ask for an Ottoman Menu; if you insist on mixed, you can have the Istanbul menu

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