Edirne's Mouthwatering Local Cuisine You Need to Try
Edirne's Mouthwatering Local Cuisine You Need to Try
The Plaza Hotel Edirne

You have just arrived in Edirne, a charming city in northwestern Turkey. Edirne is a beautiful city with impressive Ottoman buildings, precious waterways, and a lively food culture. If you love food, you'll want to try the delicious local cuisine here.

You'll find a mix of Turkish, Balkan, and Middle Eastern flavours, from hearty stews and grilled meats to sweet pastries. It's a culinary experience that you will want to try!

Forget any notions of a standard kebab and lend your taste buds to an unforgettable gastronomic adventure.

With so many tempting options, where do you even begin? Have a yummy breakfast like they do in Edirne in the morning. Then go check out some family-owned restaurants that make traditional food in their unique way.

Join the locals for a delicious meal of meze, grilled fish and raki at a casual meyhane as the city comes alive at night. Edirne's mouthwatering food will leave a lasting impression, no matter how long your visit is. So, go ahead and dig in!

Edirne, Turkey: A City Rich in History and Culture

Edirne, Turkey, is a city steeped in history, culture and mouthwatering cuisine. Edirne used to be an important city where a group of people called the Ottomans used to live.

Different cultures from nearby places, such as Greece and the Middle East, have influenced the city. This is reflected in the appearance of buildings and food. You must try La Strada Restaurant's Kesan Satir Kofte and Kuzu Tandir. Kesan Satir Kofte is grilled meatballs of veal and lamb mixed with onions and herbs. They're juicy, flavourful and melt in your mouth. Kuzu Tandir is a lamb stew cooked for hours with onions, garlic, carrots and bay leaves. The meat becomes incredibly tender, so much so that it falls off the bone. Both dishes are usually served with a side of piyaz, a white bean salad tossed in olive oil and vinegar.

The cuisine reflects Edirne's location on the historical trade routes. Dishes incorporate ingredients and techniques from Balkan countries, like stuffed vegetables, stewed meats and filo pastries. The Ottoman palace cuisine greatly impacted the sweet and savoury dishes we know today. This influence can be seen in the cuisine's extravagant use of spices, nuts, and dried fruits.

A visit to Edirne is only complete with sampling the delicious food. With its vibrant outdoor cafes, restaurants and food markets, Edirne is a gastronome's paradise. So take your time, come hungry and indulge in the city's rich culinary heritage. Your taste buds will thank you!

Top 5 Iconic Dishes That Define Edirne's Local Cuisine

Edirne is a culinary paradise, with flavours influenced by its location on the historical Silk Road. Some dishes have been prepared for centuries and define the city's vibrant food culture.

Kesan Satir Kofte

These mouthwatering flat meats are Edirne's pride and joy. Minced lamb or beef, onions, and spices are shaped into flats and grilled. Every trip to Edirne is complete with trying Kesan Satir Kofte!

Edirne Kofte

Another popular kofte is made from minced lamb, onions, garlic and peppers. They're cooked in broth with potatoes, onions and tomatoes. The rich, tangy sauce is mopped up with bread—comfort food at its best.

Kuzu Tandir

Tender lamb slow-cooked in a tender, traditional clay oven. Marinated in olive oil, rosemary and thyme, the meat falls off the bone. It was often served with roasted vegetables, white beans and yoghurt. It is a hearty, wholesome dish perfect for chilly days.

Ciger Tava

First, the lungs are cleaned and cut into small pieces. Then, the pieces are rinsed thoroughly in a strainer and drained well. After that, a pinch of salt is added to the lungs and blended. In the meantime, heat some oil in a large stove, ensuring not to burn it. Coat the liver pieces in flour, shake off excess flour, and place them on a plate. Take one piece of liver and carefully put it in the hot oil. Use a serving fork to separate the liver pieces and turn them over quickly. They should be ready in about a minute, so put them on a serving plate immediately.

Boshnak Kofte

It is made with a mixture of ground beef and lamb, combined with onions, garlic, and spices such as paprika and cumin. The mixture is then shaped into small balls and fried until golden brown.

A Foodie Destination

With its diverse culinary influences and historic restaurants like La Strada, Edirne has become a foodie destination. La Strada, located in The Plaza Hotel Edirne, serves high-quality traditional Edirne cuisine and Ottoman classics in an atmospheric setting.

Edirne's location and history have created a one-of-a-kind food culture. Take a bite of Kesan Satir Kofte or Kuzu tandir, and you'll get a taste of the city's storied past.


So there you have it, a glimpse into the culinary delights that await you in Edirne. Experience a whirlwind tour of vibrant flavours and textures, from the mouth-watering kofte to the indulgent kunefe. The fresh, locally sourced ingredients are transformed into dishes that nourish both body and soul.

Don't be surprised if you plan your next trip to Edirne even before you've left, dreaming of all the delicious foods you'll sample on your return. The flavours of Edirne will linger long after you've returned home, calling you back for more. What are you waiting for? Your Edirne food adventure awaits! Dig in and enjoy.