Turkey’s rich array of desserts means that Ankara has a lot of venues when it comes to such varieties of saccharine bliss. From baklava to Turkish candy, milk desserts
to some international favorites, Culture Trip chose the best places to get your dessert on in Ankara.
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.
Liva Pastanesi, Farabi Sokak No.12, Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
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).
Zeynel, Tunus Cd. No. 90/B, Kavaklıdere, Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey, +90 312 466 19 19
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.
Hatun Pastanesi, Gaziosmanpaşa Mahallesi, Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey, +90 312 436 25 11
Cafe, American, European
Pastry Shop, Turkish, $$$
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.
Urfalı Hoca’nın Yeri, Aşağı Eğlence Mahallesi, Keçiören/Ankara, Turkey, +90 312 326 27 41