The most famous and dazzling city in Turkey, Istanbul, is known and admired for its rich culture and luscious cuisine. The food scene in Istanbul is in full glory, using influences from all over the world and packing them into unforgettable meals. But the traditional dishes still win the hearts of visitors, and you can still taste the recipes that have been handed down for generations on the streets of this vibrant city.
So if you’re heading to Istanbul, here are 5 iconic dishes you don’t want to miss!
Kahvalti, or Turkish breakfast, usually consists of tea, bread or börek (baked filled pastry), sucuk sausage, white cheese, old cheese, olives, butter, kaymak, the compulsory sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, honey and jam.
Doner kebab is a flavorful roasted mixture of lamb and beef, served rolled in flatbread with onions, tomatoes, pickles and yogurt.
Lahmacun has really thin, crispy dough, which is topped with seasoned minced meat and parsley and drizzled with lemon juice.
Manti are basically dumplings filled with lamb or beef and topped with sour cream sauce and garlic – simple and insanely delicious!
Baklava is a baked dessert made from really thin dough layers, butter, nuts and sherbet (sugar syrup).