Turkey and popular food culture

Turkey has been home to some of the world’s greatest civilisations. For example, the countries capital Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople and before that Byzantium, is one of the world’s largest and most stunning cities. Alongside its history, the country is also home to some of the world’s most extraordinary food. It is a county that knows all about fresh, home cooked cuisine.

We have highlighted a few of our favourites below!

Turkish kebabs

Of course, you can’t go to Turkey and not try a kebab. These are not your average high street kebabs, rather a fresh seasoned wrap filled with vegetables and delicious sauces.

There are lots of different types of kebabs to choose from including the ‘Urfa’ and ‘Adana’; both of which involve spiced meat on skewers being cooked on a flame grill. They are always delicious, especially when served with a Turkish salad and some rice.


In coastal regions of Turkey, each night, the seafront becomes an open air restaurant, lined with fishermen reeling in fresh fish. Their catch is then cooked up on the spot seasoned and served with fresh bread and salad.

For some seafood specialities, try Pazıda Levrek, which includes sea bass cooked in chard leaves. If you are looking to eat with the locals, a popular Turkish fast food dish includes Eminonu, grilled fish served in bread seasoned with herbs and salad to make the most delicious sandwich.

Something Sweet

If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, then you need to try out the well-known Baklava. Made with layers of phyllo pastry, filled with pistachio, walnuts and honey, turkish desserts incorporate this treat into a lot of their dishes so be sure you try it out on your culinary tour of the country!



Credit: simplyrecipes.com


Taking a culinary tour of Turkey

To ensure you get to try all the tastes of Turkey, pick up your car on arrival to get around. Giving you the freedom to travel across this wonderful country, you’ll get to sample all the different food on offer. Each region has a different speciality that has to be sampled and with your own transport you can take the time needed to savour every mouthful.

For more information take a look at the official Tourism Portal of Turkey to learn more about their exciting cuisine and other attractions.

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