Popular Turkish desserts such as Turkish baklava are appealing to many people from all over the world. Whether you are someone with a sweet tooth (fond of sweets and delight) or just a person who desires a bit of dessert after having a meal, then you have one more thing to do when visiting Istanbul which is trying the Turkish desserts. Istanbul has many shops and brands that sell Turkish desserts such as Baklava, Künefe, Turkish Delights (Lokum), Tavuk Göğüsü, Güllaç, Ayva Tatlisi, Muhallebi̇, Helva, and Tri̇leçe. However, the quality and variety differ from one delight shop to another in Istanbul.
In this blog post, we are going to address 9 of the best Turkish delight shops in Istanbul where you can have the best Baklava and Turkish dessert in Istanbul. You can not only buy the best Baklava and Turkish delight in these desserts shops, you also can buy hard candies, gift boxes, Sugar-free products, pastes, and different types of Turkish desserts.
Hacı Bekir Effendi is one of the oldest confectioners in Istanbul and Turkey. In 1777, he opened a small shop in Bahçekapı, Istanbul. He sold confections such as lokum and hard candies. Hacı Bekir now has a proud experience and legacy of four centuries. Hacı Bekir Effendi was appointed as Chief Confectioner to the Palace of Sultan Mahmud II. The Haci Bekir Company today has an accumulated experience and knowledge of baking confections and Turkish delight. They export products to many countries on all continents. You can find their branches in different districts of Istanbul such as Kadikoy, Bakirkoy, Pendik, Beyoglu, Eminonu. In addition, Hacı Bekir has an online shop as well where you can order your favorite desserts from home.
The renowned Hafiz Mustafa 1864, sells the best baklava in Istanbul. Hafiz Mustafa which has expertise since 1864, has varieties of The top Turkish desserts and delights in Istanbul. What distinguishes Hafiz Mustafa is that its Baklava is not overly sweet. In addition, it is not only a delight shop, but it is also actually a cafe at the same time. Therefore, if you want to have your breakfast at a fancy, Hafiz Mustafa would be a good option.
Hafiz Mustafa 1864 has various branches in Istanbul and all over the world. You can find their branches in Taksim, Uskudar, Florya, Beyazit, Pera, Sirkeci, Bahcekapi and other places in Istanbul. The shop serves about 35 different types of Baklava, 11 types of Kadaif, 22 types of Muhallebi in addition to different types of the best Turkish delight (Lokum) and gift boxes.
Another Baklava and desserts shop with more than 100 experience in Istanbul, Karaköy Güllüoğlu started its business in 1949 with a small shop. Now they own the world’s first baklava factory and produce approximately 2.5 tons of baklava per day. So far, Karaköy Güllüoğlu does not have other branches outside the karakoy area.
One of the top desserts shops in Istanbul is Saray Muhallebicisi where you can have the best rice pudding (Muhallebi) in Istanbul Turkey. Saray Muhallebicisi is not only famous for its Muhallebi (rice pudding) and other milky desserts, But they also serve other types of desserts such as cakes, ice cream in addition to breakfast and meals. They have their own dairy farm which is Turkey’s largest buffalo farm.
Baklavaci Mehmet Yildirim
Mehmet Yildirim’s creativity has led to creating patented “Honey Baklava” for the first time in the world. In 2016, he established the brand of Baklavaci Mehmet Yildirim in Basaksehir. At the moment of writing this article, the company has 3 branches in Basaksehir, Atakoy, and Avcilar that serve high-quality Baklava. Mehmet Yıldırım is the Founding President and the chairman of the Baklava and Dessert Producers Association (BAKTAD). He established his own baklava factory in 1982 and quickly became one of the main Baklava wholesale suppliers in Turkey.
One of the top places where you can have the best Baklava in Istanbul with many branches scattered in different corners of Istanbul. Hacı Sayid has 28 Baklava and Turkish delight stores in different districts such as Zeytinburnu, Sirinevler, Beylikduzu, Sefakoy, Kucukcekmece, Basaksehir, Esenyurt, and other places.
Köşkeroğlu Restaurant company was established in 1946 by Hacı Mehmet Ali Kaya, in Gaziantep. They opened their first branch in Istanbul in 1986 under the name Altın Tel which was changed later to Köşkeroğlu. The restaurant is best known for its high-quality Baklava and Kadayifs. The company has branches in Karakoy, Topçular, Merter, and Yenibosna.