For Turkish people breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In Turkey breakfast is a buffet style meal, based on the very familiar scene of a gathering of meze. Presentation is everything at a Turkish breakfast, meant to whet your appetite and leave you wanting to come back for more...‘Kahvaltı’ really is the world’s breakfast of champions! According to nutritionists breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Turkey has restaurants specialized in serving breakfast so as to encourage people not to skip it. Visiting these restaurants with the whole family has become a trend, especially in the big cities. If you are preparing for a business meeting in Turkey do not be surprised if, instead of a “working lunch”, you are invited to a “‘working breakfast”. If you happen to be in Istanbul, you are probably in the best place to enjoy a Turkish breakfast as every variety can be found in this eclectic city…Here are some of the best and more favorite places in Istanbul for enjoying an almost perfect Turkish breakfast:
- Sütiş Emirgan - One of the best places to have breakfast in Istanbul, located on the banks of the Bosphorus in the district of Emrigan and with many other branches in Istanbul and its surroundings as in Arnavutköy, Beylikdüzü, Tuzla, Aqua Florya AVM, Topkapı Sarayı…
- Mangerie Bebek - Located in the Bebek neighborhood overlooking the sea, often frequented by Turkish celebrities with a laid back atmosphere.
- Beşiktaş - This area of Istanbul has lots of establishments with a friendly setting where you can find ‘pişi’, a breakfast doughnut filled with cheese or chocolate.
- Van Kahvalti - One of the most popular breakfast places in Istanbul located in the trendy Beyoğlu district. The owner is from Van, so you can sample a famous Van breakfast right here!
You can enjoy a Turkish breakfast in many places in Istanbul and in its surroundings (Bahcesehir, Esenyurt, Beylikdüzü, Maltepe, Tuzla, etc). The most of the good restaurants, hotels and cafes are offering a complete breakfast and especially on Sunday mornings they prepare big breakfast buffets where you can find a big variety of the basic breakfast ingredients as far as many specialties of Turkish cuisine. For families and friends it is a time to sit back, relax and enjoy each other’s company while catching up on the latest gossip, and breakfast time is the perfect excuse to enjoy all of this while basking in the morning sun. The Turkish breakfast in Istanbul and its special ritual is an experience you must live anyway!