Simit – the king of
Istanbul street food
Boğazkesen Simit Fırını5
Why locals love it
"Simit" is a bagel-shaped bread covered in sesame seeds. It's typically served on its own, or for breakfast with tea, cheese or ayran. It has been the number one street food in Istanbul for centuries. Locals love it because it’s cheap and it’s everywhere!
Why you should visit it
Simit has become more popular in recent years with many café chains now offering it on their menus, but still many locals prefer to eat traditional versions cooked in a stone oven, like the ones available at Boğazkesen Simit Fırını.
It's best to head here in the early hours for ultra fresh simit.