Kanlıca: Yogurt

Located at Beykoz district, between Anadoluhisarı and Çubuklu, Kanlıca is a Bosphorus neighborhood at the Asian side. A settlement since Byzantine era, Kanlıca is mostly a residential area.

Located at Beykoz district, between Anadoluhisarı and Çubuklu, Kanlıca is a Bosphorus neighborhood at the Asian side. A settlement since Byzantine era, Kanlıca is mostly a residential area. Famous with its Ottoman style waterfront mansions and wooden houses, Kanlıca was a small town with gardens and fields by the end of 17th century. The shores of Kanlıca, witnessed so many joyful nights by full moon: People used to go out to the sea with their small boats at full moon nights, eat, drink and play music.

Kanlıca is still away from the city’s hustle and bustle. The neighborhood gives beautiful poses almost every hour of the day. The greenest point of the Asian side, woods of Mihrabad lays here. At Kanlıca you can go for a walk along the shore and the streets, see the historical places like İskender Paşa Mosque and waterside mansions, glance over the jewelry stalls than have a Turkish coffee by the sea.

Along these attractions, Kanlıca is famous with its yogurt production since the 17th century. At those times, the yogurt got its distinctive taste by the mix of fresh, well-fed goat, cow and sheep milk.

Today, the production of this yogurt mostly moved outside of Kanlıca but some traditional old shops, cafés and restaurants still selling it. What makes Kanlıca’s yogurt different is to add some icing sugar on top of it. Today you can find a variety of toppings for Kanlıca yogurt such as strawberry jam. For a nice and relaxed day at the Bosphorus, you should stop by Kanlıca and try this centuries old tradition.

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