Street food lovers, unite! Here I will share a hidden street for food tasting in Istanbul. It’s the fish wrap stalls located around Karaköy ferry quay. One popular and commercialised street food of Istanbul is without a doubt the fish and bread, but the fish wrap isn’t there yet. It’s still a secret among locals and has some way to go before it has become a tourist activity.
As its name and the picture tell, it’s a fish wrap stuffed with salad, spices and pomegranate syrup. Beware of the spices: they can be quite hot, so better ask beforehand. The most common fish served is the Norwegian mackerel.
There are many fish wrap stalls opening around the bay at rush hour. This is my recommendation on which one you should choose: the location is the tiny parking lot behind “Akın Balık” which is a fish restaurant next to the sea. I strongly suggest you go to the stall behind that restaurant; if you can’t find it open, however, don’t hesitate to visit other stalls too. In any case, you won’t regret it…
It’s hard to tell the opening hours because it’s street food, but I can say that you will find the stalls open from late morning till midnight.