Turkish cuisine is a paradise for food lovers for its super rich diversity and marvelous tastes. As being one of the hallmarks of the cuisine, desserts represent this diversity as well. From milk based desserts like rice pudding to pastry based ones like lokma (sweetened fried dough), we can all see and taste this diversity and immense flavors.
Among wide range dessert types that belong to Turkish cuisine, baklava is definitely the most famous one. It is basically a bunch of phyllo layers with chopped nuts inside and it is simply dressed in butter, baked and sweetened with syrup.
It sounds simple yet as the saying goes simple is always the best and this is definitely true for baklava. It is all time star of Turkish desserts and you should definitely try some time.
In this article, I prepared a list of 7 best baklava places in Istanbul so that you can have this amazing dessert in greatest places. Selecting the 7 best baklava places that I listed below, quality and popularity of the places are particularly considered. I hope you enjoy a great baklava tour during your Istanbul adventure with these humble recommendations.
1 – Karaköy Güllüoğlu: Taste of the world
Karaköy Güllüoğlu is the best baklava place in Istanbul. It’s a family business doing this job for more than 200 years. Their expertise brought with these long years of business gives surely a perfect taste to their baklavas. We can see this from the fact that favorite or the most famous baklava type of Karaköy Güllüoğlu is all the baklava types served in there because they are specialized for each and every type of baklava.
In Karaköy Güllüoğlu, you can find all famous baklava types found in Turkey. The most preferred types among these types are plain baklava, baklava with walnut, pistachios, and hazelnut. Pistachio roll, baklava with chocolate are among the mostly appreciated baklava types. Besides, burger baklavas with walnut and pistachio are the newest baklava types introduced by Karaköy Güllüoğlu and it is the only place if you want to taste this new types of baklava.
As to prices, it costs around $3-5 per portion if you prefer pistachio baklavas. If you prefer to buy one kg of pistachio baklavas, it costs you around $15-16. On the other hand, ranges for prices of walnut baklava types are between $2-3 per portion and prices are between 12-13 $ if you prefer to buy one kg of walnut baklava.
Karaköy Güllüoğlu is the greatest baklava place in Istanbul for those who want to have the best baklava pleasure in the city.
Address: Kemankeş Cad. Katlı Otopark Altı No: 3-4, 34425 Beyoğlu/Istanbul No: +90 (212) 249 96 80.
2 – Köşkeroğlu Baklava: A great baklava place in Karaköy
Köşkeroğlu is another place in Karaköy for true dessert lovers. Just like Karaköy Güllüoğlu, Köşkeroğlu is an experienced company whose history dates back to 1940s.
As the owner of the place says they are just trying to be a bridge through that historical recipe and taste of baklava reaches up to the future. Looking the reviews posted for Köşkeroğlu since the beginning of 2010s, we see that Köşkeroğlu holds tightly on to its mission and satisfy its customers with their unchanging quality.
As to the types of baklavas served in Köşkeroğlu, katmer outstands the most preferred dessert of the place. Though katmer is not a baklava type exactly, it also consists of layers of phyllo and it is filled with chopped pistachios just like baklava.
Other baklava types are square pistachio baklava, walnut baklava, pistachio wrap and royal rolls. Each of these baklava types is produced daily and served as freshly as possible.
Prices for pistachio baklavas are around $3 and $4 per portion. If you prefer to buy one kg of pistachio baklavas prices vary from $13 to $15 .
On the other side, prices for walnut baklavas are approximately $2-3 per portion and one kg of walnut baklava types typically cost around 12 dollar on average. Katmer, being the most special and famous dessert of the place, costs $5 for one plate.
So, if you are around Karaköy and want to have an excellent baklava taste with not salty prices, you are highly recommended to go Köşkeroğlu.
Address: Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Gümrük Sk. No:10, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul No: +90 (212) 249 63 40.
3 – Hafız Mustafa 1864 Sirkeci: Historical tastes
Hafız Mustafa is an authentic place and feels like you are time traveling back in old times. In design of the place, service manners, recipes, and menu, you can notice this authenticity if you happen to visit the place sometime.
Dessert menu of Hafız Mustafa is quite diverse, from quince and pumpkin dessert to all baklava types, you can find all your favorite dessert in just one place. Yet, baklavas of Hafız Mustafa are the most preferred dessert among many others in its menu.
Many reviewers on TripAdvisor particularly express their enjoyment for baklavas of the place. Plus, those who happen to visit Hafız Mustafa more than once state that tastes get even better over time.
As to baklava types served in Hafız Mustafa, walnut princess, walnut baklava, chocolate baklava, pistachio baklava, plain homemade baklava, square pistachio baklava, dry baklava stands out the most. You can have your baklavas with milk cream and/or ice cream on as well as you wish.
Prices of pistachio baklavas are around $3-4 per portion. If you wish to buy one kg of pistachio baklavas, it costs $23-25 on average.
On the other hand, walnut baklava types cost around $2-3 per portion and prices for one kg of walnut baklavas are around $15-17. Besides, if you wish to skyrocket your baklava pleasure with milk cream and ice cream, their prices are $1,5 and $3 per portion respectively.
So, if you’re a big fan of authentic places with great baklava types, Hafız Mustafa is a perfect fit for you.
Address: Hoca Paşa, Muradiye Cd. No:51, 34080 Sirkeci – Fatih/Istanbul No: +90 (212) 527 66 54.
4 – Gaziburma Baklava: Single branch single taste
Gaziburma is one of the best baklava places away from tourist centers of Istanbul. It is located in Anatolian side of Istanbul and known as the best baklava place in Anatolian side.
If you want to spend one day of your Istanbul trip and give a sweet break along your journey, Gaziburma is an excellent station to stop.
Gaziburma is a traditional baklava place. Therefore, their menu includes just casual baklava types that you can see in any other baklava place. Yet, Gaziburma’s reputation lies in the fact that Gaziburma would rather being a boutique place than being a chain store so that its quality does not change over time.
Combining this special mentality with skills of experienced baklava masters, they keep standing among the best baklava places in Istanbul.
As to baklava types in Gaziburma, square pistachio baklava and pistachio roll are the most appreciated baklava types. Besides, royal roll, walnut baklava, and carrot slice baklava are baklava types served in Gaziburma.
As to prices, pistachio baklavas cost around $1,5-2 per portion. If you prefer to buy one kg of the pistachio baklavas, they cost approximately $14-15. On the other side, walnut baklava types cost $1-1,5 per portion and cost around $10-11 for one kg. Katmer is also served in Gaziburma and costs $3 per portion.
So, Gaziburma is a little baklava place away from hustle and bustle of tourist centers of Istanbul. If you want to enjoy your baklava in a relaxed and calm place, it is a good choice for you.
Address: Batı Mahallesi, Dr. Orhan Maltepe Caddesi, No 52/A, Pendik, İstanbul No: +90 (216) 354 27 27
5 – Acemoğlu Baklavaları: A taste coming from the origins of baklava
Acemoğlu is a baklava place whose roots go back to Syria. They introduce Syrian way of making baklava Istanbul back in 90s and now it’s among the most famous baklava brands in Turkey.
Their baklavas are known particularly for their crispy texture and low syrup content, which makes their baklavas lighter and more appetizing.
As to baklava types served in Acemoğlu, acem baklava and acem rose are among the most preferred baklava types. Besides, royal roll, pistachio baklavas, walnut and pistachio princess, and dry baklava are baklava types served in Acemoğlu.
Prices for pistachio baklavas are around $2 per portion and $10 per one kg. Besides, Acem baklava, being the most special baklava type of Acemoğlu, costs around $2,5 per portion and costs $11 per kg.
Acemoğlu is located in Eminönü and it is always ready to offer you Middle eastern style baklava. So, if you feel tried in the middle of your historical Istanbul tour and need a sweet boost, you are highly recommended to visit Acemoğlu.
Address: Hasırcılar Caddesi No:81 Eminönü / İSTANBUL No: +90 (212) 522 17 16.
6 – Emiroğlu Baklava: Fresh baklavas baked in wood fire
Emiroğlu Baklava is another multichain baklava store in Istanbul. True baklava lovers of Istanbul state that Emiroğlu may not be known as much as other brands but it is almost impossible to have better baklava quality and taste in elsewhere in Istanbul.
All baklava types served in Emiroğlu are great yet sütlü nuriye (milky baklava) is the most appreciated of Emiroğlu among many other delicious options. Other types of baklavas served are pistachio baklava, mussel baklava (it is called mussel for its appearance), walnut baklava, and carrot slice baklava.
As to prices of the baklavas in Emiroğlu, pistachio baklava types cost around $2 per portion and $13 for one kg.
On the other side, sütlü nuriye (milky hazelnut baklava) being the most special baklava of Emiroğlu costs $1,5 per portion and 10 dollar per kg. Prices of walnut baklavas vary from $1,5 to $2 per portion and $10 to $11 per kg.
All branches of Emiroğlu baklava are on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. So, if you decide to discover Anatolian side and crave for baklava suddenly, Emiroğlu is ready to serve you with its all branches located in Üsküdar and Kadıköy.
Address: Kozyatağı Mah. Atatürk Cad. Osman Nuri Ergin Sok. No:29/B Kadıköy/İstanbul No: +90 (216) 302 62 89
7 – Hacı Bozan Oğulları: Address of real baklava since 1984
Hacı Bozan Oğulları is a deep rooted baklava place in Istanbul. Ever since beginning, for their baklavas, they insist on using genuine products coming from the lands of their descendants.
With high quality local products and expertise of long years, Hoca Bozan Oğulları has naturally become one of the most beloved baklava places in Istanbul. For their close proximity to historical neighborhoods of Istanbul, it has always been a popular destination for tourists as well.
As of the baklava types served are pistachio baklava, plain baklava, carrot slice baklava, sütlü nuriye, and diabetic baklava.
Plus, if you are lucky enough to visit Hacı Bozan Oğulları during Ramadan times, you can taste samsa as well (a baklava kind of dessert prepared with flaked pastry and assorted nuts).
For the prices of pistachio baklavas, the range is between $1,5 and $2 per portion and $11-$12 per kg. Besides, walnut baklavas cost around $1-$1,5 per portion and $10-$11 per kg.
So, Hacı Bozan Oğulları is a great place for you to taste the origins of baklava because it is quite important them to use local products and employ local recipes. So, if you are into local tastes and if you want to add a sweet aspect to your Istanbul adventure, you are recommended to visit Hacı Bozan Oğulları.
Address Mesihpaşa Cad, No:81 Laleli/İstanbul No: +90 (212) 518 69 20
Long story short, you can find delicious Turkish baklavas in numerous places in Istanbul. I wish you in advance sweety moments in famous baklava places of Istanbul. Take care and stay sweety.