Istanbul is an attractive city with not only its natural and historical beauties but also its rich cuisine. Welcoming millions of tourists every year, this breathtaking city also offers them unique flavors. Each neighborhood in Istanbul is even famous with almost a different delicacy. In this article, we compiled eight Istanbul neighborhoods each of which are identified with their respective delicacies. Here are the neighborhoods of Istanbul that are known for their exclusive flavors!
Attracting millions of tourists every year for its historical wealth, Sultanahmet is best known for its meatballs. So much so that “Sultanahmet meatball” is now considered a type of meatball. There are many meatball restaurants in the district and almost all of them make this food in the same deliciousness. If you enjoy trying delicacies that are unique to neighborhoods, you should definitely eat Sultanahmet meatball in Sultanahmet.
Surrounded by districts such as Beykoz, Çekmeköy and Üsküdar, the famous Kanlıca neighborhood is best known for its yogurt of course. The Kanlıca yogurt is eaten with powdered sugar in Çınaraltı located by the sea. This yogurt owes its deliciousness to powdered milk that is used in its production, and also to powdered sugar sprinkled on top.
Eminönü- Fried fish sandwich
Eminönü is another neighborhood that is famous for a special taste. We are sure that fish sandwich comes to the minds of many of you when one says Eminönü. It is an unparalleled pleasure to eat fish sandwich while enjoying the historical atmosphere of Eminönü. Because it is inevitable to immerse yourself in the beauty of Istanbul and forget about everything else while eating this fantastic food...
Sarıyer- Borek Pastry
Sarıyer, home to the most lovely districts of the European side, is best known for its borek pastries. In almost every neighborhood of Istanbul, it is possible to see a pastry bakery advertised as a Sarıyer Borek Place. However, the real Sarıyer borek can be experienced in its best in Sarıyer. You will agree with us when you taste this delicious pastry which is made with different ingredients from minced meat to cheese and potato.
Boza is the most special taste of Fatih, one of the historical neighborhoods of Istanbul. As one of the oldest Turkish beverages, boza is made of millet semolina, water and sugar. The oldest known master of this national drink is Haji Sadık Bey. The famous shop Vefa Bozacısı which has survived to this day still produces this rare taste with the members of the same family...
Süleymaniye- Haricot bean
Süleymaniye, a significant location of culture and tourism, is best known for its haricot bean. You can find many haricot bean restaurants in the region. As a popular food in the Ottoman cuisine, haricot bean has witnessed many centuries and survived to this day. If you want to eat a truly delicious dish of haricot beans, we suggest you to try it in Süleymaniye!
The famous taste of Bebek, a popular neighborhood of Istanbul, is marzipan. Recognized as the master of almond paste, Meşhur Bebek Badem Ezmesi (Famous Bebek Marzipan) has been serving for exactly three generations in Bebek. If you also like marzipan, we suggest you to enrich your palate by trying it in this shop.
Ortaköy- Baked “kumpir” potato
Ortaköy is no doubt the first neighborhood that comes to mind when one says kumpir. In some Anatolian regions, kumpir is a term used for potato. But to our knowledge, it is smashed baked potato. You can taste the best version of this fantastic food in Ortaköy because the neighborhood has countless kumpir shops and all of them offer delicious kumpirs!
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