Food Culture

Although it is common to eat at home in Turkiye, there is a wide range of satisfying choices from traditional dishes to simple sandwiches available for meals. Restaurants and cafes serving red/white meat, seafood dishes, vegetarian alternatives, and a variety of snacks and appetizers are easily found in all major cities. Before the meal is served, restaurants typically offer various snacks and appetizers, which can help you decide on your order. It is worth noting that refreshments and water served in a jug are free, while bottled water is chargeable.

Dining Out

Although it is common to eat at home in Turkiye, there are varied and satisfying choices from traditional dishes to simple sandwiches to have your meal. Restaurants and cafés serving red/white meat and seafood dishes and vegetarian alternatives are easily found in all major cities.

A variety of snacks and appetizers are offered before the meal you ordered in the restaurants. Decide on your order by considering the treats. Remember! Refreshments and water served in the jug are free; the bottle of water is chargeable!

Turkish Breakfast

Unlike many cultures, Turkish breakfast is a substantial meal and should not be skipped, as recommended by mothers! Pastries such as bagels, pancakes, and pastries are essential for a quick breakfast, but don’t be surprised if you see a long, enjoyable breakfast table with cheese, olives, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, sausage, pies, pancakes, jams, honey, and, of course, tea.

Student-Friendly Meals

Here are some quick and affordable options for dining out:

  • Döner Kebab: A Turkish specialty consisting of meat cooked on a vertical spit, which can be consumed inside bread, making it a favorite among students.
  • Mantı (Turkish Ravioli): A meal consisting of dough particles prepared with ground meat and usually served with yogurt and tomato paste.
  • Soup: In Turkiye, soup is cooked using various vegetables and pulses, with most soups being vegetarian. These succulent types of soup are ideal for a light lunch or dinner that students may prefer.
  • Dried Beans and Rice: A staple of university cafeterias and restaurants serving home-cooked meals. Rice is made from bulgur or rice and is often served alongside juicy dishes. Nutritional value is said to increase when dried beans are eaten together with rice.
  • Börek, Gözleme, Poğaça (Pies, Pancakes, Donuts): Pastries are basic foods that can save you during breakfasts and snacks. Many different varieties can be found in university canteens, bakeries, and some restaurants, with vegetables, meat, and cheese being common fillings.

A variety of snacks and appetizers are offered before the meal you ordered in the restaurants. Decide on your order by considering the treats. Remember! Refreshments and water served in the jug are free; the bottle of water is chargeable!

Turkish University Cafeterias and Canteens

Many universities have a cafeteria where students can be served two or three meals a day. The price of dishes available as table d’hote or à la carte is very affordable, as they are subsidized by the state. Additionally, in many universities, other dining options are available, such as canteens, restaurants, and cafes.

If you are dining in Turkiye, there are several dishes that you should not miss. These are the flavors that you will not want to leave Turkiye without tasting:

  • Karnıyarık (Aubergine Eggplant Meal)
  • İmambayıldı (Roasted Stuffed Eggplant)
  • Tas Kebabı (Persian Lamb and Vegetable Stew)
  • Yaprak Sarma (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
  • Kebap
  • Baklava
  • Kazandibi (Milk Baked Pudding)