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Last updated: 11 January, 2023

From gozleme pancakes to filo meze, sweet baklava to fiery raki, we asked Turkish specialist Annabelle Thorpe to select the Turkish foods and flavours you must try while you’re in Turkey.

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baklava on a market in Istanbul
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Baklava

Turkey

Sticky, nutty and sweet, baklava is the perfect way to end a Turkish meal; layers of filo pastry, drenched in honey and syrup and topped with pistachio

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Turkish meat pie fried in oil ( Cig borek - Raw pie or Tatar pie
Experience

Cig Borek

Turkey

A popular hot meze dish, cig borek are rolls of filo pastry (shaped like a cigar), traditionally filled with feta cheese and parsley. Borek can also come in triangles, like a samosa, filled with minced meat and spices.

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Traditional Turkish food gozleme with cheese and spinach. Turkish pancake gozleme concept on the dark background.
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Gozleme

Turkey

Turkey’s favourite street food, gozleme are thin, crepe-like pancakes cooked on a flat hot stone, and filled with spiced potato, feta and herbs or minced meat.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Turkish and Arabic Traditional Ramadan Food Lamb Kavurma Guvec with hot red pepper. Top view on white rustic wood background.
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Guvec

Turkey

A hot, bubbling casserole often served on a hot plate and bubbling with cheese, guvec can be made with either meat (usually lamb or chicken) or seafood – a prawn guvec is arguably the best.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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clsoe up of Imam bayaldy - stuffed aubergines
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Imam Bayaldi

Turkey

The translation of this rich aubergine and tomato dish is ‘the priest fainted’ – presumably because it was so delicious. Aubergines are sliced lengthways and stuffed with tomatoes, onions, spices and pine nuts and poached in the oven.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Turkish Manti with red pepper, tomato sauce, yogurt and mint. Plate of traditional Turkish food
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Manti

Turkey

A classic Anatolian dish of tiny dumplings and minced meat (usually lamb) drenched in a thick yoghurt sauce. Top with chilli flakes and dried herbs to really boost the flavour.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Traditional turkish food menemen, made by eggs, tomatoes, sesame and various spices.
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Menemen

Turkey

A tasty breakfast dish of eggs scrambled with slowly-sauteed peppers and tomatoes, served with hunks of freshly-made bread.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Turkish pide with minced meat, Turkish name; Kiymali Pide. Traditional Turkish cuisine. Turkish pizza Pita with meat.
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Pide

Turkey

The Turkish equivalent of pizza, a ‘pide salonu’ is a fast-food eaterie, serving up the elongated diamond-shaped flatbreads, filled with all manner of toppings – cheese, tomato and sucuk – a spicy sausage is a popular combination.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Turkish and Greek Traditional Dinning Table with Special Alcohol Drink Raki. Ouzo and Turkish Raki is a dry anise flavoured aperitif that is widely consumed in Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Lebanon
Experience

Raki

Turkey

The Turkish national drink, raki is a strong, aniseed-flavoured spirit, rather like ouzo. Traditionally drunk in a tall glass, half raki, half water, with plenty of ice, accompanied by strips of cucumber and chunks of feta cheese.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Turkish traditional breakfast with feta cheese, vegetables, olives, simit bagel and tea on white ceramic board over turquoise blue background. Top view
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Turkish Breakfast

Turkey

A traditional Turkish breakfast is a great way to start the day; fresh bread, feta cheese, black olives, boiled eggs, cucumber, tomatoes and honey. Best accompanied by ayran, a traditional, salty yoghurt drink.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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