One of my most vivid childhood memories is shopping for Turkish Delight and marzipan from Cemilzade before visiting my grandparents on religious bayrams (feasts). When the boxes of sweets were opened and offered they put a smile on everyone’s face, a great moment demonstrating the power of food traditions and their ability to connect people.
Established in 1883, Cemilzade is a traditional confectionery run by the fourth generation today. When you enter their shop in Selamiçeşme you will see family photos, honorary certificates and awards on walls signifying a deep-rooted history and expertise. Turkish Delights, marzipans, chocolates, handmade candies and marmalades are presented on two counters.
My recommendation is pistachio Turkish Delights which do not contain artificial preservatives and are not mass produced. Their secret recipe is transferred from generation to generation, giving high importance to every single factor considering the making of Turkish Delights like the quality of sugar or room temperature. Try their marzipans also, especially the ones with almond and pistachio.
Cemilzade has four shops in Istanbul: two on the Asian side and two on the European. After choosing your sweets, Cemilzade will package them beautifully whether they are for yourself or for loved ones. Please try to keep yourself away from the ones that will be given as gifts when you’re back home. They can be really tempting you know…