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…. When ”baklava” is mentioned in Istanbul, several addresses come to mind. Here are those addresses.
1. Karaköy Güllüoğlu
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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2. Gazi Burma
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.
3. Kaşıbeyaz 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.
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.
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5. Hafız Mustafa
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.
6. Salih Özkan
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.
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.
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.
You can also view our Where to Eat Best Baklava in Istanbul
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