It’s a remedy for many of life’s problems.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz, Creator of Charlie Brown
Chocolate is said to be a remedy for many of life’s problems. Chocolate helps to improve your mood, it can help with weight loss (if it’s dark enough), and it’s simply delicious. If you find yourself in Istanbul yearning for some chocolate, here is a list of great places to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings!
Hours: Mon-Sun 8 a.m.-1 a.m.
Call: +90 545 500 31 88
Bolçi is a well-known chocolate company that supplies many hotels and supermarkets with their lovely products. You can find its official shop in Beyoğlu’s main shopping street İstiklal Caddesi – a perfect place to stop by while exploring this famous district. Bolci offers a wide variety of products with all kinds of chocolate truffles, chocolate bars or famous mushroom-shaped chocolate candy. You can buy it by weight to enjoy at your hotel in the evening or in a nice carryout package that you can take as a present for your friends and relatives.
2. Chocolate Shop at The Marmara Taksim
Call: +90 212 334 83 00
Located in the lobby of the luxury 5 star hotel The Marmara Taksim, this chocolate boutique offers some of the finest chocolate with exotic flavors like passion fruit truffles, sesame chocolate or mille-feuille chocolate. They have very beautiful packaging, which would make this chocolate the perfect present to give for friends or family back home. However, be careful to ask about the prices beforehand, as they are not displayed with the product to avoid surprises.
3. Istiklal Kuruyemiş
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Asmalımescit Mahallesi İstiklal caddesi no.152/B, 34430 Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey (map)
Hours: Mon-Sat 8 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
Call: +90 212 244 80 40
Istiklal Kuruyemiş is more of a traditional Turkish sweets shop, but I simply had to include it in this list as it has some delicious chocolate filled rahat lokum that is a must-try. This is another shop located in İstiklal Caddesi and it specializes in Turkish delight, halva and chocolate covered nuts. With more than 30 types of different flavors of Lokum available, there is something for everyone at this delicious shop!
Hours: Mon-Sun 12 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Call: +90 216 345 05 26
Çikolata Dükkanı is by far my favorite spot on this list! Not only does it offer a great variety of chocolate and truffles with exotic flavors like orange pistachio chocolate and melon truffles, but it also serves great coffee and provides an amazing cozy atmosphere. Do try one of their desserts; whether it’s the strawberry and chocolate filled Asuman or my personal favorite, a milk chocolate covered cooled cheesecake. To find it go to Moda neighborhood in the Asian part of Istanbul.
Hours: Mon-Sun 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Call: +90 212 437 34 13
Kahve Dünyası is a chain coffee shop that sells a variety of chocolate candies. A fun fact about this place is that they serve a chocolate spoon with every coffee served – your choice of bitter or milk chocolate spoon to enjoy at home, as well. Kahve Dünyası is famous for chocolate-covered pistachio and chocolate-covered dragées (available in milk, bitter or white chocolate filled with orange, coffee, pistachio, and hazelnut). There are a few locations throughout the city, but you can find closest location here.
Hours: Mon-Sun 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Call: +90 212 249 96 80
Although Karaköy Güllüoğlu is a baklava shop, I feel it deserves a special mention in this list as Raven’s Landing number one place for Turkish sweets and tea. After a long day of roaming around Istanbul in search for the best textiles (which you can purchase at Jetset Times SHOP), our team loves to come here for delicious baklava and çay (Turkish tea). Here you can find unique chocolate filled baklava together with some more traditional tasty treats. And if you love pistachio as much as we do, you will be delighted to find more than ten different types of pistachio filled deserts. Located near Karaköy Palace, this spot is simply a must-visit for all baklava lovers.
Photos: Timur Dailidonis
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