What are the traditional breakfasts in Turkey

What is a good Turkish breakfast?

When I think of a Turkish breakfast, I immediately think of the large breakfast plates in Turkey.

I order them at every opportunity.

The breakfast platters with fruits, vegetables, cheese, sausage, menemen, tea, honey and much more are just a perfect start to the day.

I like to eat on it for an hour or more.

I'll tell you what makes a perfect Turkish breakfast plate!

Recipe for a typical Turkish breakfast


Menemen are part of a Turkish breakfast. Here's a quick guide on how to do it!

Recipe for 4 people: Â

  • 12 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 8 green pointed peppers, not the normal green peppers! Alternatively, red pointed peppers!
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 250g feta cheese
  • salt
  • Black pepper, freshly grated
  • ½ bunch of parsley, finely chopped


Heat olive oil in a non-sticky medium-sized saucepan. Sweat the finely chopped onion in it. Then add the peppers and tomatoes and sweat them too. Season to taste with salt and the freshly grated black pepper. As soon as most of the liquid has reduced, stir in the feta and parsley. Finally, put the eggs in the pot. Once they're done, your menemen is ready to serve.

Ingredients that should definitely not be missing!

  • Olives, green and black!
  • Cucumber, cut into stripes
  • tomatoes, cut into strips or wedges
  • Cheese: you have to eat cheese for a Turkish breakfast! The following types of cheese are almost always included in Turkey: Peyniri is a cheese similar to Gouda, Beyaz Peynir is a sheep's cheese
  • honey, liquid or, if available, together with the honeycomb!
  • Sucuk: Turkish breakfast is often vegetarian and comes out without meat. A spicy sucuk, a Turkish raw sausage made from beef, goes well with it. I like to cut them into narrow strips and sear them briefly in a pan.
  • Sigara börreÄŸi: â € œBörek cigarsâ € are filled rolls as thick as a finger, which are perfect for breakfast or as a starter to Turkish dishes. You can buy them in all Turkish bakeries.
  • Jam: various sorts, practically everything that regional cuisine has to offer.
  • Kaymak:
  • Bread, lots of bread! another country in the world eats as much bread as Turkey. Some even jokingly say that in Turkey you eat bread as a side dish with bread. The rule also applies to a Turkish breakfast. For me, this definitely includes the iconic Turkish sesame ring Simit and a good Turkish pide bread.

In the parts of Turkey the typical recipes for a Turkish breakfast differ. The ingredients listed so far are definitely part of breakfast. In some areas you get fresh herbs, pickled fruits, pickled vegetables, acli ezme, seasonal vegetables and fruit for breakfast.

Serve breakfast on your own plates and in bowls!

You never serve the individual ingredients of a Turkish breakfast together on a large plate! Instead, you put the individual ingredients on your own plates and small bowls on the table. You take the ingredients out of the bowls when you eat and put them on your own plate. The order in which you eat the dishes makes no difference, but some do separate the sweet and spicy dishes from each other. That depends entirely on your own taste.

In Turkey, restaurants never serve your breakfast on a plate. You always get at least 10 small plates and bowls with the various ingredients of a Turkish breakfast. You then just take whatever you'd like to eat out of the bowl.

Cay, Turkish tea from a Caydanlik!

Turkish tea â € œCayâ € from a caydanlik is an absolute must for a Turkish breakfast. Turks love their Turkish coffee, but breakfast should be accompanied by good tea. Coffee is only served at the end of a Turkish breakfast, and I'll come to that.

With a good breakfast plate in Turkey you always get a filled Turkish tea maker, the Caydanlik.

The waiter puts the already full caydanlik on your table along with the typical tulip-shaped tea glasses. A warmer ensures that the tea water in the Caydanlik stays warm. Little by little you pour yourself the fresh and warm tea.

You normally only drink a coffee after you have finished eating. Turks, especially Turkish women, are true clairvoyants and like to read the future from the leftover coffee grounds, there are different rules for this.

One of the funniest of them is, if the signs in the coffee grounds aren't good for the future, you pour water into the coffee cup and undo it.

Afiyet olsun!

Afiyet olsun, Turkish for "enjoy your meal"!

With that, my guide for a perfect Turkish breakfast is ready!

If you don't want to make breakfast at home, there are good Turkish restaurants as an alternative in all German cities that offer a large Turkish breakfast in the morning.

No good restaurant in Turkey can do without a large breakfast menu. In my guides to the individual travel destinations, I always recommend restaurants. You'll find some there too, with a good breakfast.

A special recommendation is the small village Cumalikizik in Bursa. According to the locals and many Turks from other parts of the country, the village is the best place to try a Turkish breakfast. I do not contradict the recommendation.

In Cumalikizik you can sit comfortably in some 700 year old Ottoman houses that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage and eat your fill at a large Turkish breakfast plate.


Hi, my name is Thomas. It’s good that you’re here! I spend many months in Turkey every year. You can find my collected tips and experiences in the Turkey travel blog. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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