Kale Istanbul

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Kale – Wake up and smell the… tea?

On a sunny Istanbul morning, there is one thing to do before everything else: Go have breakfast on the Bosphorus shore! Especially on weekend mornings, cafés along the seashore fill up with families and groups of friends who enjoy the lazy, long breakfast complete with plenty of tea. Everyone has a breakfast place of preference, and mine is Kale in Rumelihisarı because of its simplicity and views.

Breakfast in Turkey generally consists of several kinds of cheese, olives, tomatoes & cucumbers, honey and oven-fresh bread. When it’s a weekend morning, these breakfast staples enjoy the company of eggs, either fried along sucuk (spicy sausage) or as menemen (scrambled with tomatoes and peppers). Pan-fried halloumi cheese and bal-kaymak (honey&cream) are also present on this jolly table. Kale has all these, and much more on their menu, along with a basket of several types of excellent bread and simit. All-you-can-have tea is included in the breakfast, probably because there is no way of keeping track of the tea consumption on a Turkish breakfast.

I would recommend considering that the place fills up quickly especially on Sunday mornings. Take a stroll along the Bosphorus on a sunny morning and head to Kale to have the ultimate breakfast in a casual atmosphere. Don’t forget finishing off with Turkish coffee while watching the ships go by.

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Details about this spot



Yahya Kemal Caddesi No: 16, Istanbul

Telephone number


Opening Times

05:00 - 21:00 daily


Breakfast from: TL 30


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)