Top Choice Sweets in Istanbul

Salloura Oğlu

Transplanted from Aleppo to İstanbul in 2014, this 150-year-old institution is known for speciality sweet cheese desserts such as peynirli künefe and kaymaklı peynir tatlisi. It's hugely popular with the many Syrian…
Ice Cream in Kadıköy

Meshur Dondurmacı Ali Usta

Weekend and summer-night saunters down Moda Caddesi wouldn't be the same without a cone of the dondurma (ice cream) produced by master ice-cream maker Ali Usta. There are more than 40 flavours on offer – we like the…
Sweets in Kadıköy

Baylan Pastanesi

The front window and interior of this Kadıköy cake shop, which opened in 1961, have stood the test of time and so too has its popularity. Regulars tend to order a decadent ice-cream sundae or a pile of chocolate and…
Sweets in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Pare Baklava Bar

Billing itself as Turkey's first-ever baklava bar, this bijou business flies in top-grade baklava and katmer (flaky pastry stuffed with pistachios and clotted cream) from Gaziantep every day. Choose from the artfull…
Sweets in Sultanahmet & Around

Hafız Mustafa

Making locals happy since 1864, this şekerlemeleri (sweets shop) sells lokum (Turkish Delight), milk puddings and spinach or cheese börek (filled pastry). Put your sweet tooth to good use in the upstairs cafe, or ch…
Sweets in Kadıköy


To sample one of the market’s greatest treats, stop at this honey shop and ask for a serve of yogurt with a generous swirl of honey from the comb on top.
Sweets in Sultanahmet & Around

Hafız Mustafa

Part of a long-running local chain, this şekerlemeleri sells lokum, baklava, milk puddings and börek.
Ice Cream in Beyoğlu


One of the two branches of this much-loved dondurma (Turkish ice cream) shop on İstiklal Caddesi.