Where to Eat Best Baklava in Istanbul

This post’s last update check: 20 Aug 2021

You can eat numerous desserts in Istanbul but baklava has a special place in the heart of this city. Baklava is one of Turkey’s special desserts. Made from very thin layers of phyllo and flavored with walnuts and pistachios among others. It takes various names according to how it’s made: carrot slice baklava, milky Nuriye, home baklava….

Baklava is a dessert which has been important throughout ages. No one can find its exact location of made for certain, but it is believed to be made in Asia by Turks who lived there. After the arrival of Turks to Anatolia, this dessert combined with various other ingredients that can be found in the Middle East. Especially in Ottoman Empire times, if there is a baklava included, there is certainly an important event going on. Even the sultans of Ottoman Empire had a tradition of preparing baklava in the royal kitchen, and offering it to the Janissaries after their arrival from expedition.

Baklava is made in many different ways. We can offer an easy way to make your own homemade baklava. Here is the recipe;

Start by preparing the sherbet. Cook the sugar and water in a pot for 30 minutes. After the mixture boils, add the lemon juice and mix well. Your sherbet is ready, let it cool. Start making the baklava dough. Thoroughly whisk the eggs, oil, yogurt, butter, vinegar, baking powder, lemon juice and salt in a deep bowl. Then add flour gradually. You will get a very soft dough. Divide the dough into four equal parts. Sprinkle starch on a piece of dough and roll out as much as you can using a roller. Spread a lot of starch on one end of the dough you opened and fold it. Then apply a generous amount of starch on one end and fold it. Continue the starch application and folding process 2 more times so that the dough takes the shape of an envelope. Take the dough you have shaped as an envelope aside to rest. Repeat these steps for the other three meringues. Let all the greens rest for 20 minutes. Sprinkle some starch on the dough meringue you opened first and open it with a roller. Cut the dough to the size of your tray. Place the dough on the tray. Put the remaining pieces on the dough. After placing the second piece of dough you rolled out, sprinkle the hazelnuts, peanuts or walnuts into the baklava. Do this until the other two dough are finished. Slice your baklava tray as you wish. Melt the butter you will use for the top. Pour the melted butter over the baklava slices. Then, pour the oil on the dessert. Start baking the baklava tray in a preheated 180 degrees oven. Set the temperature of the oven to 170 degrees after the first 20 minutes during cooking. Your baklava will be cooked in about 2 hours. After your baklava is cooked, let it rest for a while to cool. Pour the cold sherbet that you have prepared on the cooled baklava. Make sure that the baklava and sherbet are not hot at this stage to make your dessert more crispy. After resting the baklava for 3 hours, you can serve it immediately. Bon Appetit.

And yes, this is one of the easy ways to make baklava. You can find it a little too much effort for a dessert but some of the most luxurious restaurants in Istanbul have a chef only for baklava making. These baklava chefs’ job is only and only making baklava. This is how much important baklava is for many people.

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And more about its importance, Baklava is owned by many neighbouring countries of Turkey. Especially Greece strongly defended that baklava is their traditional dessert. Normally they could defend this argument to the last. But at 8 August 2013, the UN Commission registered that Baklava was created and owned by Turks. After that there were no significant arguments made about Baklava by other countries. But still some of Greek researchers say that Baklava came from a similar desert from Byzantium. A professor named Speros Vryonis claims that a dessert of Byzantium named Koptoplakous is the ancestor of baklava. But many researchers from all around the world strongly defend the dessert is made by Turks, with their nomadic kitchen culture back in the days. For now, it’s accepted as a Turkish dessert and there is no other certain evidence. 

When”baklava” is mentioned in Istanbul, several addresses come to mind. Here are those addresses.

1. Karaköy Güllüoğlu

Karakoy Gulluoglu

Baklava is prepared by the master, baked in the oven, and then served. The oven is located in the baklava store so you’re guaranteed freshness – and there has only been one branch of this place since its opening so it’s also unique. Güllüoğlu also produces gluten-free baklava. Its masters have unique methods which give the baklava its special flavor. Güllüoğlu delivers gift packages with special notes to addresses in Turkey and around the world. It’s located on Mumhane Street in Karaköy, one of the oldest districts of Istanbul. You must come here to eat baklava in Karaköy Güllüoğlu – the only branch in the world. It’s modestly decorated and prices are average. Karaköy Güllüoğlu, which is given 5 stars by each visitor and is a great place to enjoy traditional baklava.

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Open Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
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Phone Number: (0212) 249 96 80
Website: karakoygulluoglu.com
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2. Gazi Burma

Gaziburma

Gazi Burma, which is one of the hidden treasures of Istanbul, has two branches in Pendik which is far from the tourist areas of Istanbul. But it’s worth making the journey to experience the unforgettable flavor of Gazi Burma’s pistachio baklava. It’s best to taste the fresh baklavas of Gazi Burma, which has strict rules about ordering. There are other desserts and cakes in the patisserie.

Many locals favour this place and say ‘There are two locations where you can eat baklava. Gazi Burma, and others’. They have no other branches, only other places that are opened and named after them by the shop owner’s relatives. But it’s safe to say Gazi Burma’s success and comments are well earned.

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Open Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
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Phone Number: (0216) 354 27 27
Website: gaziburmamustafa.com
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3. Kaşıbeyaz Baklava

Kasibeyaz Baklava

Kaşıbeyaz, which is located in an elite area of Istanbul, is famous for its kebabs and desserts. Their desserts, like their kebabs, are the product of many hours of work. The crispness and freshness of baklava made by the masters from scratch is hugely important to Kaşıbeyaz which is a very luxurious restaurant. There is a “Kaşıbeyaz Shop” on Etiler Nispetiye Street which sells only desserts and baklava. The carrot slice baklava and milky Nuriye are also delicious. Baklava prices are slightly higher than other desserts.

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Open Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
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Phone Number: (0850) 441 20 40
Website: kasibeyaz.com
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4. Köşkeroğlu

Koskeroglu Baklava

Köşkeroğlu established his first branch in Gaziantep and his reputation reached Istanbul. Consequently, Köşkeroğlu came to Istanbul and currently has 5 branches. There is also a restaurant serving local dishes from Gaziantep and its surroundings. Domestic orders can be placed, but they do not send orders abroad.

Surprisingly, this management did more than it seems. The founder of Köşkeroğlu sends his own invention of shredded wheat dessert with pistachio filling to President Kennedy. After receiving his dessert gift, President Kennedy sends him his own fountain-pen as a gift. Apart from this huge interaction with the USA President, the current owner of Köşkeroğlu aims to build a school about restaurant business. Süleyman Kay, current owner indicates that what he earns from the restaurant will build a future for the restaurant business. Like his father who sends a gift to a president, it’s safe to say Süleyman Kaya is also a visionary.

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Open Hours: 08:30 – 22:00
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Phone Number: (0212) 245 35 14
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5. Hafız Mustafa

Hafiz Mustafa Baklava

In Hafız Mustafa, a brand name for dessert with 150 years of experience, you must try the pistachio baklava. For a nostalgic trip, you might prefer Sirkeci or Bahçekapı branches. As soon as you enter the shop you’ll feel as if you are on a journey into old Istanbul. Many baklava and dessert options can be delivered abroad. For the traditional Turkish experience, you should drink Turkish coffee after eating dessert. The nostalgic atmosphere of the shops will take you on a peaceful and mystical journey. Baklava prices are average.

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Open Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
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Phone Number: (0549) 286 23 17
Website: hafizmustafa.com
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6. Salih Özkan

Salih Ozkan Baklava

If you want to eat one of the most delicious and fresh baklavas in all Istanbul in a friendly old style patisserie, come to Salih Özkan. The baklava prices in Salih Özkan are average and other delicious pastries and desserts are available.

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Open Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
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Phone Number: (0212) 530 85 21
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7. Kafadaroğlu Baklava

In Turkey you don’t have a sweet tooth, you have a baklava tooth. In some dessert shops, you order, eat quickly and leave. Kafadaroğlu Baklava is one of these. The shop is small and has no seating; you order the baklava, eat while standing and leave. Kafadaroglu Baklava is in Besiktaş.

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Open Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
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Phone Number: (0212) 258 07 59
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8. Fıstıkzade

Fistikzade Baklava
This is baklava, with plenty of pistachios, making it a little different from some others. The decoration is nice and there are branches in Ataşehir and Acıbadem on the Anatolian side.

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Open Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
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Phone Number: (0212) 249 96 80
Website: fistikzade.com.tr
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