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A Sweet Spot for Baklava in Istanbul

The baklava at Karaköy Güllüoğlu in Istanbul comes in many different flavors and shapes. In general it is usually made with a  flaky Greek phyllo dough  pastry that is layered with a cinnamon-spiced filling of walnuts, pistachios and almonds.  The bottom layer is bathed in sweet syrup or honey.  It’s very popular in Greek restaurants world-wide.  I love it!
I’m a sucker for a good dessert while traveling, so when a Korean dormmate in Istanbul invited me to try what she claimed was the best Baklava in town I had to check it out. Karaköy Güllüoğlu has operated in the same waterfront neighborhood since 1949. Given the different varieties of savory and sweet snacks they have on offer, I imagine they’ve stayed pretty busy through all the time.
On my next trip through town I passed along the tip, inviting two American guys from that same dorm room along on the first of what would be many pilgrimages to that same baklava shop. After finishing far too many pieces, we waddled out into the city to explore the beauty and history that also happens to be around. Travel isn’t JUST about amazing food, after all!
Article and photo contributed by Stephen @