Best Baklava in Istanbul
Indulge in Turkey’s most opulent dessert surrounded by some of the world’s most breathtaking architecture in epic Istanbul.
The origins of this beautifully sticky, sweet dessert are thought to date back to the kitchens of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. For over two millennia there is evidence of Baklava being eaten everywhere from the Roman to the Mongol Empires. Today Baklava is ubiquitous and easily found around the world. But, nothing beats a slice of this indulgent sweet with a cup of Turkish coffee in the city where it was invented over 2000 years ago. Here are some of the best placed to sample a slice when you’re in Istanbul.
As well as being known as one of the city’s top restaurant for savory dishes, they have also been serving up delicious desserts since 1897. The baklava with orange is the specialty here and they have an adjoining deli if you’re in a rush or down want the full dining experience.
Address: Ankara Caddesi, Konyalı Han, Sirkeci
Gaziantepli Baklavacı Bilgeoğlu
This is probably Istanbul’s most famous baklava eaterie. They used a special variety of clarified butter to make the pastry extra delicate which they also sell so you can have a go at making your own baklava at home.
Address: Muvakkithane Caddesi No.56 Kadıköy
Originating in the city of Gaziantep, the current branch located in the Karakoy district of Istanbul has been there since 1949. They are famed for their wide variety of flavours which even includes pistachio flavoured pastry and chocolate baklava – some of the best baklava in Istanbul.
Address: Rıhtım Caddesi, Katlı Otopark Altı No. 3-4, Karaköy
The best thing about Hamdi is that it also happens to be one of Istanbul’s best kebab restaurants too. Situated in the Eminönü district, they serve 17 different types of kebab and, of course, have a baklava dessert called gelin bohcası to finish.
Address: Tahmis Caddesi Kalçın Sokak No.11 Eminönü