Gaziantep's gastronomy

Turkey’s gastronomy: Gaziantep’s cuisine, one of the 10 best in the world

Recognised since 2015 by UNESCO, Gaziantep and its gastronomy enjoy well-deserved fame thanks to its around 100 unique dishes and recipes registered; now, the prestigious website TasteAtlas also considers this city in SE Turkey to have one of the 10 best cuisines in the world, thanks to dishes such as its famed alinazik kebap, beyran and yuvarlama soup, katmer, or its no less well-known baklava.

With a history dating back at least 12. 000 years back in time, Gaziantep’s cuisine has more registered dishes than any city in Europe and more than a hundred geographically indicated products – many of them endemic – thanks to its location in a cradle of humanity region that has hosted 21 civilisations; situated at a crossing point of the ancient Silk Road, Gaziantep’s gastronomic culture has been developed over hundreds of generations, and is unique not only in Turkey, but in the whole world.

TasteAtlas ranks Gaziantep and its gastronomy 9th in the ranking of cities and regions with the best gastronomy in the world, ahead of Guadalajara, Buenos Aires, Paris, Lima, Athens, Florence, Santiago de Chile or Madrid. Gaziantep’s cuisine is made up of more than 500 dishes and over 100 desserts: it was in this region that mankind began to cook its first elaborated dishes, but also where – according to its inhabitants – the first kebap was made… And that’s certainlysomething that few places in Turkey can say.