When thinking of baked goods in Turkey, your mind might immediately jump to baklava. The rich sweet dessert pastry made of layers filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. And yes, it might just as well be that the best baklava in the world is sold in this country. But there’s so much more to Turkey than that. Discover 6 extremely hot Turkish concepts in bakery, patisserie and chocolate.
The oldest pastry shop in Istanbul is Baylan. Since 1923, the most delicious cakes, pastries, chocolates and candies are sold here. Even after 96 years, Baylan steals the heart of chocolate lovers with its handmade chocolates, based on a special recipe and made with fresh cream and real butter. Besides a pastry and a chocolate corner, Baylan also serves delicious meals in its brasserie. The menu was designed by the famous French chef Alain Ducasse.
Only the most delicious handmade chocolates leave Asuman’s chocolate room. In all forms, but all of the highest quality. Pralines and truffles, tablets and chunks, rochers, filled with dates and chocolate biscuits. You can put on a pair of gloves and create your dream box of Asuman chocolates, or – but unfortunately only when you live in Turkey – you can shop online. When visiting Asuman, don’t forget to try one of their divine chocolate desserts.
Patisserie Karaköy Güllüoğlu is famous for its baklava. It has been made here since 1820, when nobody knew about baklava. Now it’s really popular, and Karaköy Güllüoğlu’s baklava is said to be the best in Turkey! Their baklava is available in different forms and different flavours, such as pistachio, walnut, chocolate and hazelnut.
Inspired by grandma’s stone oven, this modern bakery and café makes its bakery products and treats in old-fashioned ‘grandma-style’: with real butter instead of margarine and without any additives or artificial aromas. Visit Grandma for croissants, scones, bagels, doughnuts, homemade jams and traditional sourdough bread from ten-year-old starter.
Marie Antoinette Chocolatier
Considered one of the best chocolate boutiques in Istanbul, Marie Antoinette Chocolatier sells ‘haute couture chocolate’. Tasteful, elegant and handmade chocolates, inspired by the legendary French queen Marie Antoinette.
This small bakery shop with a seating capacity of 15 people sells various types of sourdough breads, as well as toast and sandwiches. Bröd produces all bread inhouse, using wheat, whole wheat or rye flour, water, sea salt and natural sourdough yeast. Preparation takes around 44 hours of labour, following the natural fermentation process with pure flour. Besides bread, Bröd sells many other bakery products, like cakes and cookies, also in gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan varieties.
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