Top 10 Foods in Istanbul

The Turkish cuisine offers a unique experience to your taste buds. Upon your arrival indulge in the oriental smells and flavours of the city!


Here is a list of the top 10 foods in Istanbul…


Turkish breakfast-Kahvalti


If specialists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Turkish people definitely took that advice really seriously. Kahvalti, as the locals call it, is all about bread, several kinds of cheese, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, jam, honey and lots of tea!



Simit is a circular Turkish bread encrusted with sesame seeds. Street vendors selling them from their trolley on the streets or carrying them on a tray on top of their head. Every day, millions of Simits are sold and you can find them all over the city…



A wrap that is usually filled with typical döner kebab ingredients. The wrap is made from lavash or yufka flatbreads. You can literally find it everywhere: streets, cheap or fancy restaurants!

 Doner Kebab


Doner kebab is a Turkish dish made of meat cooked on a vertical skewer. The most common meat to make döner is lamb, but you can also find a mixture of vegetables and veal, chicken or beef. The dish is also known by its Arabic name “shawarma” or the Greek name “gyros”. Doner is a sandwich version so the the meat is generally served with tomato, onions, pickled cucumber and chili. Sometimes also comes with fries inside


 Icli Kofte


This food is made of bulgur, minced onions and finely ground lean beef, lamb or goat, spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. The word is derived from the Arabic kubbah or kibbeh, which means “ball”

 Balik Ekmek


A fresh fish sandwich, usually accompanied with some salad and lemon juice, is one of the Istanbul’s favorite foods. The fish comes directly from the Bosphorus to the grillers in Eminonu and Karakoy, and this simple but tasty dish will delight your taste buds!



This dish may shock some but it’s a delight for many. Consists mainly of the intestines from lamb or goat, seasoned with lemon, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper, chopped on top of a bread. This is widely appreciated in Turkey and you can find places like Sampiyon Kokorec to be trustworthy



This real simple meal, called by some “Turkish Pizza”, Lahmacun is basically a thin dough, topped with a minced meat-onion-red pepper mixture, baked in the oven for a few minutes and served hot. You can make a wrap of it putting tomatoes, parsley and lemon juice inside

 Midye Dolma


Mussels stuffed with spiced rice! Best places to try them are next to the sea accompanied with a beer. Sold by piece!



You could think of manti as some kind of dumplings. This excellent Turkish dish contains two main ingredients: the dough and the filling, which consists of ground beef or lamb, onion, salt and pepper. Always accompanied by yogurt!

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