Baklava: the real Turkish delight
Unlike the boxes of gummy lokum seen in every souvenir store in Istanbul, baklava is a real Turkish delight. You may sample many versions of the layered, nutty pastry, but there’s only one Karaköy Güllüoğlu, which now even boasts a gluten-free variety and pastry portraits of Atatürk and Barack(lava) Obama. The shop is busy until its late-night closing time; after you get your sugar fix, have a wander through one of Istanbul’s most interesting transitional neighborhoods in a cafe such as Karabatak.
By Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
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Ask locals where the best baklava in town is and you’re likely to be directed to Karaköy Güllüoğlu near Karaköy port. Busy day and night, this iconic store has been creating and selling a variety of baklava recipes and other sweet treats since 1949. The pistachio baklava is especially good.
By Leeann Murphy, AFAR Local Expert
Rıhtım Cad. Katlı Otopark Altı No: 3-4 Karaköy, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
+90 212 293 09 10
Sun 8am - 12am
Mon - Sat 7am - 12am