Istanbul which is the heart of Turkey, boasts some pretty amazing food culture.
Kebaps, Turkish delight and their Turkish Ice cream are all cuisine which can be purchased from street vendors around the capital city but there is one food that you HAVE to try beyond all else! You may feel sorry for your waistline after I tell you this, but it is so worth it – Baklava.
Oh, Baklava – How I love thee! It’s possibly the most amazing pastry you can try in this world. Inherited from their Greek colonists Baklava is thin layers of pastry piled high, with lashings of sugar between each layer and best served with pistachio! I know, sounds tasty right?
In my opinion there is only one place that you should try it in Istanbul and that is Hakki Zade, Hafiz Mustafa.
Their luxury boutiques can be found dotted around the city and they are a delight to visit! Whenever I walked into a shop of theirs, I was instantly handed tasters by their friendly staff. I had to start refusing as I was sure, as soon as I walked in I put on a pound!
Their pastries, sweets, treats and delights are of the highest quality and can be purchased by the kg so you can get as much or as little as you like. As soon as I discovered their pastries, I had to buy a box or two for back home. Pistachio, Chocolate, Double Chocolate, Chocolate Pistachio – yeah, I went to town!
I’m a bit of a sucker for packaging and they definitely didn’t disappoint in that department. They had a stylish white and gold boxes, bags and carriers and my purchases came in a beautiful bag with gold straps. What more could a girl need but some stylish arm candy (quite literally)?!