Traveling to Istanbul? You can’t leave without trying the city’s famous street food! Whether you’re traveling on business or just visiting, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat on the go that won’t empty your wallet. These 5 dishes will give you a taste of the city, and let you enjoy some of the tastiest street food in Istanbul! #1 Döner Kebab Döner kebab can be found in most cities around the world, but nowhere else will it be better than Istanbul!
Nearly every corner in Istanbul has a Döner Kebab stand. Cut up pieces of vertically roasted beef, lamb, or chicken are placed with vegetables and sauces in pita bread. Everywhere in the globe serves this meal, but Istanbul does it better than most. Prices vary depending on how much meat you want, but they’re all pretty cheap!
The meat is sliced off the vertical rotisserie slowly over hours to keep it tender and juicy. Once you’ve picked your toppings (the combinations are endless!), the person behind the counter will wrap them for you like a burrito before serving it on fresh-baked Turkish bread called Lavaş.
Kumpir AKA Baked Potato
If you’re looking for a hearty, filling meal, look no further than kumpir. This Turkish street food staple is a giant baked potato, typically topped with sour cream, butter, cheese, and a variety of other goodies. While it may not be the healthiest option, it’s definitely delicious and will leave you feeling satisfied. It’s also perfect for those traveling on a budget, as it can feed at least two people! One popular place to get this delicacy is from Kumpir Kebapçısı near Eminönü Square.
Börek (Savory Pie)
Börek is a type of savory pie that is popular in Turkey. It is typically made with phyllo dough and filled with meat, cheese, or vegetables. Börek can be served as a main dish or as a snack. If you are visiting Istanbul, be sure to try some börek from one of the many street vendors! My favorite is yumurtali börek which has spinach inside. You can also find varieties like sucuklu (filled with spicy sausage) and ıspanaklı (filled with spinach).
Istanbul is a city known for its delectable pastries, but baklava is a must-try. The layers of phyllo dough used to create this classic Turkish delicacy are filled with crushed almonds. After baking, it is doused in syrup and occasionally served with custard.