George Bernard Shaw said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” The people of Istanbul could not agree more. Spend even 24 hours in Turkey’s cultural center and you will enjoy mouthwatering Turkish delights in a variety of flavors, succulent kebab and a selection of mezes, all while admiring the stunning views of The Bosphorus River or historical buildings that have been towering over the city for thousands of years.
Sekerci Cafer Erol Sweet Shop has been making Turkish candy for over 200 years and they offer a selection of sweets, Turkish delights, marzipan, chocolate and nuts. The colors of the sweets meticulously displayed are beautiful and the smells wafting through the shop will make your tummy grumble. The friendly shop owner will let you sample anything you like and will put together gorgeously colorful packages of sweets for you to take home for your loved ones to enjoy.
When sitting down to enjoy a meal in Istanbul, you can’t just order one dish, since eating is a social affair and food is made to be shared. Seyhmuz Kebap Salonu, located near the Grand Bazaar is a lively restaurant that spills out onto a terrace and is filled with locals and tourists alike. At this popular lunch spot, you can share plates of kebab (variety of skewered meats), lachmagine (like a mini pizza) and various mezes and end it all off with a strong cup of Turkish coffee, perfect for energizing you for a day of touring this beautiful city.
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If sightseeing has tired you out and you’re interested in a quiet night under your hotel duvet, then there’s always the option of room service. The Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel, where I stayed during my time in Istanbul, offers one of the most delicious spaghetti Bolognese dishes via room service that I have ever tasted. Enjoying this overflowing dish of spaghetti from my hotel room was the perfect way to wind down after three very busy days of eating my way around Istanbul.