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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Istanbul is complete without tasting the traditional Istanbul food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Istanbul to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Bazlama: can be defined as a single layered, flat, circular and leavened bread with a creamish yellow color.
  • Cacık: cold cucumber and yogurt soup.
  • Çiğ Köfte: it is made with either beef or lamb.
  • Gözleme: is a thin flat cake stuffed with different ingredients.
  • İçli Köfte: stuffed meatballs.
  • Mercimek Köftesi: red lentil balls.
  • Midye Tava: Turkish fried mussels.
  • Mücver: is like a fritter or a vegetable pancake. It is a Turkish favorite and is served as a hot appetizer.
  • Patlıcan Böreği: feta cheese stuffed eggplants.
  • Patlıcan Köftesi: eggplant cutlets.
  • Sigara böreği: is a roll of thin bread with different kinds of stuffing, like cheese, ground meat.
  • Simit: is a bun or a pretzel with different stuffing (most unusual and spicy are the ones with olive spread).
  • Tahini: is a paste of ground sesame seeds used in cooking.
  • Tarator: shelled walnuts, sesame oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley.
  • Yufka: it is a thin, round and unleavened flat bread similar to lavash.



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