Top Places for Some Mouthwatering Desserts in Ankara, Turkey

2B1P0K8 Tray of birds nest pistachio baklava for sale in Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), the largest market in Tel Aviv
2B1P0K8 Tray of birds nest pistachio baklava for sale in Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel), the largest market in Tel Aviv | © Rosanne Tackaberry / Alamy Stock Photo
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Turkey’s remarkable dessert culture finds its vibrant expression in the charming city of Ankara. From heavenly baklava to tempting Turkish candies, luscious milk-based delicacies to beloved international favorites, Ankara boasts a plethora of venues dedicated to indulging your sweet tooth. Join The Culture Trip as we unveil the top destinations to satisfy your dessert cravings in Ankara, where every bite promises a saccharine bliss that will leave you craving for more. Prepare to embark on a delightful journey through Ankara’s dessert offerings, where a world of flavors and sweet delights await to captivate your taste buds.

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Liva Pastanesi

One of Ankara’s most well-known patisseries makes everything imaginable from chocolates to cakes, Turkish milk desserts to ice cream and much more. One delicious option is Liva’s mille-feuille (thin puff pastry layers with pastry cream) filled with strawberries.

Ali Uzun Şekercilik

Ali Uzun Şekercilik is the best place in Ankara to get your hands on some Turkish candies and lokum (Turkish Delight). Make sure to try the akide şekeri (hard candy) with flavors such as mint, strawberry, hazelnut, and cinnamon.

Hacıbaba Baklava

One of the best places in Ankara to get some mouthwatering baklava, Hacıbaba has been around since 1949. The traditional baklava is filled with pistachio, but sometimes walnut can be a good, and tasty, change.

Zeynel

Turkish milk desserts are wide and varied, but Zeynel is the best place to taste them in their perfect state. Ankara’s locals would definitely recommend the tavukgöğsu (thick pudding with thin slices of chicken breast) and kazandibi (thick pudding with a caramelized, slightly burnt top).

Hatun Pastanesi

One of the oldest surviving patisseries in Ankara, Hatun Pastanesi hasn’t changed much over the years, especially their excellent pastries. In the summer, Hatun is the best place to drink lemonade and eat their wonderful homemade ice cream.

Bonapple Bakery

If you’re in the mood for some more international desserts, then Bonapple is a great place to tame your sweet tooth. Rumor has it that the tiramisu, cheesecake, Boston cream pie, apple crumble, and magnolia pudding are all divine.

Şanlı Burma Tatlıcısı

As the name suggests, this is the place in Ankara to eat the best burma kadayıf (shredded crispy pastry filled with pistachio). The dessert is served with a side of thick Turkish ice cream for a heavenly Turkish dessert experience.

Divan Pastanesi

Turkey’s most famous patisserie is definitely worth a visit for both Turkish and international desserts. A favorite stop for birthday cakes, Divan’s chocolate eclairs are also quite legendary.

Düveroğlu

Even though Düveroğlu is known for its excellent kebab varieties, it is also the baklava from Gaziantep that has become a favorite among locals. If you go here for lunch or dinner, make sure to leave some room for dessert.

Baklavacı Karagöz

Baklava

Karagöz has been serving up excellent baklava for years, but the shop’s real claim to fame is its sültü nuriye (a type of baklava made with milk instead of syrup). If you’re one of those people who thinks baklava is too sweet, the nuriye will taste just right.

Urfalı Hoca’nın Yeri

This inconspicuous shop that specializes in içli köfte (fried bulgur balls filled with minced meat) and çiğ köfte (köfte made with lentils, bulgur, and pepper paste) has a big secret: their künefe (cheese pastry soaked in sweet syrup). It is amazing and a must-try while in Ankara.

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