A Delicious Start To The Day: Izmir Breakfast
What better way to start a wonderful day in the Pearl of the Aegean than with a delicious Izmir breakfast? Here are the best Izmir breakfast options.
İzmir’s boyoz, which has a history of almost 500 years, is also a registered trademark since 2017. It's made by baking round pieces of dough which consist of wheat flour, water, and salt. Boyoz is an indispensable food in İzmir, especially at breakfast. Alsancak Dostlar Bakery is one of the most famous places when it comes to boyoz. Other than the regular plain boyoz, here you can also find boyoz with leek, eggplant, artichoke, cheese, herbs, and even tahini, which you can eat for dessert.
Kumru, whose history dates back to 150 years ago and was registered as İzmir Kumrusu by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 2017, is a sandwich prepared by İzmir tulum cheese, cheddar, tomato, pepper, sausage and salami in a special bread. The bread, which is usually made from chickpea yeast, is named after this sandwich because it resembles a dove bird (Kumru means dove bird in Turkish) thanks to its shape, which is large in the middle and thin on the tip.
Izmirians absolutely love kumru and eat it anytime - for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even as a snack! Kumrucu Ömür, Kumrucu Şevki, Kumrucu Ateş, and Kumrucu Apo are some of the places where you can taste the most delicious of baked kumru. Historical Alsancak Gevrek Oven is quite famous for its open-faced kumru which is prepared only with cheese and tomatoes.
3. Gevrek (Izmir’s Bagel)
Another wonderful taste of Izmir is gevrek. Often mistaken with simit, the Turkish bagel, it’s a slightly different flavor.
Gevrek was brought by Tatars who migrated from Crimea to Izmir 450 years ago. Nowadays it is offered in larger sizes and with different ingredients compared to its counterparts baked at that time.
The main difference between gevrek and simit is the baking process.
Simit is baked after molasses and sesame seeds are poured on it. Gevrek, on the other hand, first dipped in a bowl filled with hot molasses and fried for a short time. The sesame seeds are poured on it and before it's baked. This process makes gevrek to have a crispier form and taste than simit.
4. Bosnian Pastry
The cuisine of Izmir, which has received a serious migration from the Balkans throughout history, naturally carries traces of this geography. One of the flavors that migrated from the Balkans to İzmir is the Bosnian pastry. Ayşa Bosnian Pastry in Kemeraltı, Safinaz in Alsancak, The Bosnian Pastry in Karşıyaka, Pitas Bosnian Pastry in Güzelyalı, and Ülver Aunt Rumelia Pastries in Hisarönü are the most popular destinations when it comes to Balkan-inspired breakfast in İzmir.
5. Cretan Breakfast
Just like Bosnian Pastry, another cuisine that migrated from the Balkans to Izmir is the Cretan cuisine. It is possible to find Cretan-inspired flavors in the city for every meal of the day. When it comes to breakfast, countless flavors suck as stuffed vine leaves, cigar-shaped pastry, omelets, and various jams await you in places that offer Cretan breakfast. Having branches in Kordon and Bostanlı, Morisi is the most popular destination when it comes to Cretan breakfast in Izmir.
6. Village Breakfast
If you want to start the day with a perfect and original village breakfast in Izmir, we recommend you to go to Çiçekliköy on a Sunday morning. This village, which is known for its lush nature, has many places where you can consume fresh and organic breakfast products, such as cheese varieties, hand-made pastries, home-made jams, fruit and honey plates, and the famous herbs of Izmir of course. The two most popular places for the village breakfast in Çiçekliköy are Nirvana Breakfast Houses and Aktuğ Village Breakfast.