Turkish cuisine is marvellous, especially if you are letting us direct you to the right restaurants. With influences from the many cultures and empires that have passed through its land, it is a living representation of its culture. Eating has always been a ritual for the Turkish people instead of just a necessity, and Turkish cuisine is a treasure worth exploring.
In İstanbul, you will have the chance to eat in world-famous restaurants like Zuma or Cipriani, as well as eating in a local seaside restaurant like Bebek Balıkçı or Poseidon where you can taste the freshest fishes and mezes, always of course at the best tables.
Street food like stuffed mussels and kokorec are so tasty and traditional that you can even find them in some luxurious restaurants. Taste some of these traditional Turkish dishes only grandmothers can cook so well at Hacı Abdullah which has been visited by the global jet set, or taste the forgotten dishes of the Ottoman sultans in the luxurious Asitane restaurant.
World famous Turkish chef Musa Dağdeviren, who is known as the chef's chef, will cook the most delicious local dishes for you in his small restaurant Çiya in İstanbul. You will also have a chance to visit the private kitchen-laboratory of famous Swedish-Turkish chef Mehmet Gürs where he will show you how he combines contemporary recipes with traditional Turkish recipes in his luxurious restaurant Mikla.
While visiting the resorts of the Aegean Coast, you will taste the freshest seafood accompanied by rakı. Shopping in a local market with one of the local top chefs will be fun. You can also visit an olive-oil producer in a village in Şirince which still uses a stone mill, the oldest way of olive-oil production.
On a gourmet tour to the Southeast with a famous Turkish gourmet food and wine critic, you will discover the hidden spots for a real gastronomic journey. You can also taste the best local wines on your visit to the wineries of Cappadocia, Bozcaada or Şirince.
If you are a delight addict, Turkey will be a heaven for you with a variety of delights, the most famous of which is baklava. In its homeland Gaziantep, you can watch the chefs rolling out every 40 layers of dough to make a tasty golden coloured baklava so thin that one can see behind it. Another traditional delight aşure is believed to be eaten on the Noah's Arc with its 12 ingredients including wheat, chickpea, currant, peanuts, dried apricot etc.
Your visit will be a real culinary adventure with new tastes and experiences.