Baklava- The Sweetest Treat in Turkey10/26/2009
The origin of baklava is hard to pin point. Comprised of a harmonious conglomeration of nuts, honey, spices, and phyllo dough, baklava is an important part of Turkish culture. Most travelers concur that one of the best countries to try this favorite treat is in Turkey. To help navigate through the numerous bakeries and eateries, the following are the best places to order baklava in Istanbul:
1. Gulluoglu- This is one of the best shops in all of Turkey. Gulluoglu offers more baklava flavors than the standard baklava flavor found in the US. In fact, there are over 12 delicious flavors to chose from! Turkish tradition has often upheld pastries made at an eatery with the suffix “-oglu” since this signifies Gaziamtep origin. Gaziamtep is known world- wide for its take on this sweet treat.
2. Karakoy Gulluoglu- Voted as the best baklava in Istanbul, Karakoy Gulluoglu has a large following, and rightly so. The bakery purchases all of the ingredients in their freshest state, making it hard to conceive 70,000 baklavas baked daily. Include this shop on your next trip and the sweet taste will be most satisfying.
3. Bizim Baklava Imalat- This is one of the many local, more intimate baklava bakers in Instanbul. While some of the larger establishments offer several types of baklava, local bakeries offer family recipes in more quiet settings.
4. Imam Çağdaş- Founded over 107 years ago, the bakery boasts some of the tastiest baklava available in Turkey. The company is convinced that their unique versions of common ingredients delivers a better taste for this common favorite. They use special types of flour and pistachio, delivering a taste singular to this establishment. A quick stop here in the afternoon will make your evening plans that much sweeter.
Your quest for buying the perfect Turkish baklava may take you to many sides of Istanbul. Wherever you go, know that you are in for a treat!