Istanbul is home to a rich history that blends modern and ancient traditions perfectly. This is obvious not only in their architecture but their food as well. Istanbul is home to some of the world’s best street foods from classic döner to hearty pides; there’s something for everyone. Here are seven of the best street food dishes in Istanbul.
Street Foods To Try In Istanbul
Firstly we recommend Simit, often referred to as Turkish bagels are sesame doused circular bread rolls. Found on every corner in Istanbul, they are perfect for a snack or breakfast on the go. If you’re wondering where exactly to look, just walk until you smell fresh dough and roasted sesame.
2. Döner Kebab
Arguably Turkey’s most famous street food, döner kebab is a must-try when in the capital. Vertical rotisserie-cooked meat is turned, cooked and cut simultaneously before being stuffed in fresh bread. Be sure to order the classic spit-roasted lamb topped with fresh veggies and sauce.
3. Midye Dolma
Stuffed mussels full of aromatic rice, herbs, spices and more are what make this dish a street favourite. Flavoured with everything from pine nuts, red pepper, cinnamon and saffron, you’re guaranteed a delicious bite every time.
Pizza lovers, be ready for your life to change. Pide, sometimes known as “Turkish pizza” is a flatbread boat filled with mincemeat, cheese, herbs and more. You can order one for yourself or get a massive serving to share. Can you say YUM?
5. Cağ Kebab
Unlike doner where the meat is cooked vertically before being peeled off in thin strips, Cağ Kebab is cut in chunks on a skewer. Most commonly you’ll find cağ being simmered over a wood fire which gives the dish it’s signature smokey taste.
6. İçli köfte
This traditional Turkish snack is a favourite among tourists and locals alike. This savoury and filling dish consists of meatballs rolled in cornflour and fried to perfection. Think bitterballen, but Turkish. In short, don’t leave Istanbul without having at least five.
Last but not least, this ancient yoghurt drink has been a favourite of Turks for thousands of years. It’s made up of yogurt, salt and water and is meant to be savoured. Enjoy it hot or cold and with or without alcohol. Either way, it’s the perfect choice as in addition to any of these other foods.