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11 Best Foods to Try in Turkey

Turkish food is influenced by many areas of the world, including Central Asia, Balkan, and Caucasian cuisines. The delicious foods from Turkey will make your trip worthwhile, so arrive with an empty stomach and a mindset to try new things.

Here are the top 11 foods in Turkey that you can't miss during your trip.

1. Manti (Turkish Ravioli)

Try these lamb and beef-stuffed dumplings, which are popular throughout Turkey. You can top them off with yogurt and spice-laden sauce or try them on their own! They're uniquely savory and will leave you wanting more.

2. Meze

Are you a fan of dips? Dips are a must-have appetizer before you eat a full meal. The assortment of dishes includes cheeses, fried calamari, spreads, and more, and it is also paired with bread. If you're unsure of what to pick, there's a little bit of everything.

3. Kumpir

This mouthwatering dish is a must if you're a potato lover. Kumpir is a Turkish baked potato with a soft, fluffy interior mixed with butter and cheese. You can also choose from several toppings, including different meats, cheeses, veggies, and sauces.


4. Menemen

When was the last time you had a Turkish-style breakfast? Have a standard, local Turkish breakfast with Menemen, spicy eggs cooked with tomato, peppers, and various spices. It's best eaten with bread that comes on the side.

5. Lahmacun

If you're an avid pizza eater, don't leave Turkey without trying Lahmacun. This infamous thin-crust pizza is topped with tomatoes, peppers, minced meat, and herbs. But there’s a twist: It may be considered pizza, but there's no cheese. Many people eat it rolled up and in a burrito style.

6. Baklava

Turkish Baklava has a rich, sweet flavor that'll keep you coming back for more. This flaky and delectable dessert pastry is filled with chopped nuts and sweetened, held together with syrup or honey. If you have a sweet tooth, enjoy baklava, as it's found all over Turkey.


7. Iskender Kebap

Known as the "king of Turkish kebabs", this kebab is made with finely cut grilled lamb covered with hot tomato sauce over pita bread pieces, and then topped with melted butter and yogurt. It's a savory specialty in the Bursa region but can also be found throughout Turkey.

8. Balik Ekmek

Some of the best foods in Turkey are local street foods, and Balik Ekmek is on the list. This fresh fish sandwich is usually grilled but can also be fried. It's mixed with several vegetables inside a pita-like Turkish bread, so grab one on the go if you're short on time.

9. Gözleme This traditional Turkish dish consists of a pastry dough filled with cheese, vegetables, and minced meat, usually cooked over a griddle. Gözleme is considered a snack or can be eaten as breakfast. You can usually spot people selling them in street vendors.

10. Imam Bayildi

Eggplants are a staple in Turkey, and Imam Bayildi is one of the more popular dishes that includes them. It's a whole eggplant dish stuffed with tomatoes, garlic, and onion simmered in olive oil. It's a great snack or part of mezes before a full lunch or dinner!

11. Turkish Delight

Turkish delight is surely a delight as it's one of the most popular desserts in Turkey. This delicious, chewy treat has various flavors of rosewater, lemon, bergamot, and more. It's dusted with icing sugar and melts in your mouth as you chew.

If you plan on stopping at Grand Bazaar, there's a huge variety of them, so make sure to grab a box to enjoy back home.

Turkish Delight

Is your mouth watering yet? Learn about the culture, customs, and the Turkish way of life through these culture-infused cuisines.

Be sure to check out these top foods and many more Turkish delectables, which will take you on a foodie adventure.

Hi, foodie friend! Ever thought about indulging in the mouthwatering delights of Turkish cuisine? Trust me, it's a flavor-packed journey you won't regret.

From sizzling kebabs to fragrant baklava, Turkish food is a tantalizing fusion of flavors influenced by centuries of cultural exchange. Whether you're a fan of savory dishes or have a sweet tooth that just won't quit, Turkey has something for everyone.

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