Journey to The Dessert World While Touring Istanbul
There are a wide variety of desserts in Turkey and yes, they are all incredibly delicious. There are so many desserts that you can eat at the end of a meal or between meals, so that you can imagine yourself in a paradise of dessert. After all, we are talking about a country that named the post Ramadan holiday the “Feast of Sugar”. But we don’t want you overdoing the sugar – so maybe enjoy them with Turkish coffee or unsweetened tea.
We have compiled a list of the best places to enjoy the most delicious desserts and candies of Istanbul:
1. Şekerci Cafer Erol
This candy store has been running since 1807. All candies are handmade and very tasty. Sugar masters combine their creativity and talent with a passion for making desserts. Colourful rock candies, Turkish delights, chocolates, special marzipan, crushed candies, pastry and milk desserts and jams will fascinate and delight you. They do special designs for celebrations such as anniversaries and birthdays too. You must visit Şekerci Cafer Erol, where miraculous candies are produced right there in the small shop in Kadıköy Bazaar.
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2. Hafiz Mustafa 1864, Sultanahmet
Hafiz Mustafa still makes rock candy with the traditional recipe since used 1864. When you eat the candies from here, you’ll be transported to a mystical world and fall in love with them. Hafız Mustafa has branches in Sirkeci, Eminönü, Sultanahmet and Taksim, serving traditional desserts such as baklava, şöbiyet, and kadayif. Milky desserts like custard are lighter and especially popular in the evening. The biggest decision will be which one to go for. Hafiz Mustafa is also known as the first person to make salty pastry. There are close to 50 Turkish Delight varieties. Colourful and fresh Turkish delight varieties like small bliss packs. Turkish Delight is also a popular gift to take home for family and friends.
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3. Karakoy Gulluoglu
In various districts of Istanbul, you can see Güllüoğlu signs while walking down the street. Do not be fooled. The main place is in Karaköy. Karakoy Gulluoglu is the most famous baklava shop in Istanbul. If you want to eat the best baklava in Istanbul you should go to Karaköy Güllüoğlu. And when you get home you can go online and order Güllüoğlu to your home.
When J’adore is mentioned, two things come to mind: “Oh la la Beatrice” and “chestnut coup”. When you enter the shop, the first thing you’ll notice is the charming chocolate smell. It may seem a little cramped in the shop and it is small, but that doesn’t bother the locals, so don’t let it bother you. You’ll be immersed in the rhythm of the French songs that play after the first sip of hot chocolate. It is next to the 150-year-old Panagia Greek Orthodox Church. You may have some difficulty finding the place, but if you look for the busiest cue on the street, you’ll find it at J’adore.
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5. Saray Muhallebicisi
Saray Muhallebicisi, which has branches in 25 different parts of Istanbul, grabs the attention of visitors with its modern design. Opened 83 years ago, Saray Muhallebicisi also serves breakfast. Although its name is “Muhallebici”, Saray Muhallebicisi, which serves as a restaurant, has kept its nostalgic atmosphere while moving with the times. It serves a wide variety of food and desserts.
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At Mado you’ll find out just how delicious ice cream can be. Gorgeous ice creams made from goat’s milk are flavoured and presented by ice-cream masters with the spirit of artists. Desserts such as kadayif, semolina and halva are served with ice cream. You can also have breakfast in Mado. After breakfast, why not order a snack ice cream to go with your Turkish coffee. If the weather is cold, we recommend “salep with ice cream”. If you don’t want dessert with sugar, you should try Mado’s ice-cream made with fruit extracts and honey.
Almost every Istanbulite has a romantic memory in Baylan patisserie. Open since 1923, Baylan Pastanesi is a nice place to chat with friends. Jazz performances are held every Sunday and Wednesday evening at Baylan Patisserie. Baylan has two branches: Bebek and Kadıköy. It’s a great place to end a tiring day by eating dessert from Limoges porcelain plates. We recommend Kup Griye in the hot summer months and Montebianco in the winter.
8. Cafe MENDEL’S Chocolatier
If you’re looking for a place where chocolate meets love in Beşiktaş, you’ve found it. Mendel’s makes people smile with fresh chocolate and takes them on a taste journey with its flavoured coffees. Mendel’s chocolates have a secret recipe which they don’t share with anyone. Mendel’s is open from 10.00 to 23.00 on weekdays and from 10.00 to 00.00 on weekends. You’ll feel the hidden and magical taste of chocolate at Mendel’s Chocolatier in Akaretler.
9. Cikolata Dukkani
If you get the unmistakable aroma of chocolate while walking on the street in Kadıköy, Moda, you’re probably close to the “chocolate shop”. The intimate and small atmosphere of the shop combines the pleasures of chocolate, friendship and sincerity. You’ll see various names such as “Asuman”, “Neriman”, “Mualla” on the menu as the chocolates take traditional women’s names used in Turkey. The shop is almost always crowded and so not well suited to sit and chat. If the weather is nice, there are tables outside the shop. Order an “Asuman” and enjoy yourself.
The world-famous Ladurée has many branches in Istanbul. It has branches in Nisantasi, Bagdat Street, Aqua Florya, Besiktas Zorlu Centre and Istinyepark. There are also Ladurée kiosks in some shopping malls. Why not find one of these branches and buy a magnificent macaron? We also recommend you try the various varieties of ice cream. We especially recommend vanilla ice cream and macaroni with rose jam.
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