On Istanbul mornings, you can steer among the street vendors, school children and people running around to catch buses by smelling your way to the nearest fırın, bakery. These places are filled with freshly baked goods, both sweet and savory, and customers that can’t resist the temptation of a good, crisp börek to go with their morning tea. On mornings like these, one of the best spots to hit is Kovan, the “beehive” – the name could not suit this place more, with people from all ages buzzing around the goodies.
Kovan provides loyal customers with fresh products all hours during the day, the ovens are right behind the counters and every other minute, yet another batch of piping hot cookies is sure to hit the counter. If you’re looking for savory – I recommend the çıtır börek (layers of thin pastry filled with your choice of spinach, potatoes, white cheese or minced meat). If you’re in the mood for sweets, the chocolate and walnut cookie is amazing, as well as the apple-filled cookies and the tahinli çörek, a spiral tahini-dough pastry. Get it while it’s hot!
Although it is a small-scale chain, Kovan does not compromise the taste and freshness, and provides customers with simple and delicious bakery goods each day. The branch in Besiktas now offers a seating area as well, sit down to have a cup of tea if you aren’t in a rush to catch the ferry!