Food in Istanbul is relatively cheap and fantastic. Because of its location there is plenty of good seafood available. I expected there to be alot of street food, but it seemed limited to roast corn on the cob, or roast chestnuts.
Similar to Greek cuisine, lamb is also popular, and different types of kebab abound. Istanbul is a city where you could still eat really well if you’re vegetarian. Cheese and yoghurt dishes are popular, but your choices might be limited if you’re vegan.
Most restaurants also offer a meze (mixed starter of different dips and salads).
One of my favour things about the food, was the delicious bread served everywhere. Many places would make traditional flatbread in front you when you ordered. I’m not ashamed to say I’m a carb junkie.
I love coffee, but found the tar like Turkish coffee too strong for my taste.
What I did discover is that I actually don’t hate tea after all. Most meals are finished with a little glass of tea, and is usually pretty sweet, and comes in different flavours.
Istanbul has some amazing markets not least the spice Bazaar.
The spice bazaar sells all sorts of food stuffs, including cheese, fish and olives. Its a foodie heaven.
No matter which district you go to in Istanbul you’ll find amazing bakeries and sweet shops.
The Turkish people it seems have an incredibly sweet tooth.
Baklava, nougat and Turkish delight come in endless varieties.
If you’re nervous about buying sweets, spices etc. loose, every shop seemed to have professionally produced and packaged versions. These also make great gifts. I did have to talk myself out of buying Turkish tea glasses, spice grinders, copper coffee pots.
Honestly, if you going to the bazaars and you like to cook, only bring a set amount of money with or else you’ll go nuts. I still came home with tea glasses, and more baklava and Turkish delight than my waistline needs.