Ten Local Foods You Must Try in Turkey

Turkish food, as we know it today, evolved during the Ottoman Empire’s expansion and contact with many influences. Modern Turkish cuisine will include flavors from Central Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

Turkish food is often dominated by meat in Turkey, but the local cuisine is largely based on eggplant, garlic and lentils. There are so many different flavors. To truly taste it, you will need to sample at least one dish.

Are you hungry? These are my top ten Turkey-inspired dishes!

Turkish Delight

Although you might have had Turkish delight in Turkey, it is rare to find the best. Turkish delight sweets include the aromas of rosewater, Bergamot orange, rosewater and mastic.

Local Foods to Try – Turkey Food
Local Foods to Try – Turkey Food

There are many shops that sell Turkish delights in a variety of colors. You can have them all, as they are usually small enough to be eaten in one go.


Baklava is a dessert that is all the right things. It is crispy, sweet, delicious, and tender. Baklava making in Turkey is considered an art form. Each artist creates their own unique signature. Baklava can be made with hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios or hazelnuts. There are also sweet flavors such as honey, rosewater or orange flowers.

Favorite Turkish Foods
Favorite Turkish Foods


This may be called the “love child” of a bagel and a pretzel. These delicious, round carb delights are often covered with sesame seeds.

They are great anytime but they taste best when they are still warm from the oven. These are the perfect snack to grab while you walk around Istanbul.

They’re also fun to photograph, don’t they?


Kunefe is a delicious dessert made with cheese. The sweet pastry is made from shredded filo, stuffed with melted cheddar cheese, and soaked in sweet syrup. Yum! !

Turkish Foods You Need to Try Now
Turkish Foods You Need to Try Now


Lahmacun is a Friday night meal that tastes like a pizza, but has no cheese. This classic meal is easy to grab and go. It’s made with Turkish flatbread, topped with meat and herbs, and served with a side of ice cream.

Balik Ekmek

These sandwiches are a popular Istanbul food choice. They feature grilled or fried fish, topped with a variety of vegetables, and stuffed in fresh Turkish bread.

Su Boregi

Su boregi, also known as water borek is filo stuffed full of cheese and parsley. You will find these kinds of quick and easy foods in many Turkish cities during the summer. Turkey’s beauty is all year round so it’s a great time to relax outside and enjoy a delicious meal. Picnic, anyone?


This popular meatball/meatloaf dish has become incredibly popular in India, Central Asia and the Caucasus region. It is also popular in the Middle East, India, Central Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East and the Balkans. It would be impossible for me to explain what this stuff is. There are 291 types of kofta, according to my sources!

Even vegetarian and vegan kofta are available. Batirik koftesi is a vegan alternative that eliminates the eggs and uses tahini as a substitute. Cig kofte, a delicious vegetarian option made from lentils, is a wonderful choice.


Say hello to the Turkish version a baked potato!

This is a common dish that’s made by adding butter, salt, and cheese to potatoes. They don’t stop there. Pickled cabbage, coleslaw, Russian salad, olives and pickles on a Kumpir are all available.

Which toppings would you choose?

Turkish Breakfast

Many people think of special brunches as something that happens on Sunday, but the Turks are making it a seven-day affair.

A traditional Turkish breakfast will provide you with a variety of delicious food options. You will find a variety of cheeses, including feta, bread with sesame seeds, eggs, and a wide range of dips and jams. A hearty Turkish coffee is also available to help you wash it down.

All Overall

Istanbul is a true star. There are many street corners that offer culinary delights. Check out my guide to finding the best food in Istanbul before you go.

Please let me know if any of these Turkish food have been tried in the comments, or if there are any other favorites that you would like to add!