Leylak is hands-down my favorite spot when I’m craving a delicious Turkish breakfast. I love sitting outside here in the summertime, watching the world go by in one of Europe’s most diverse neighborhoods.
Leylak has been a family-run business since 1985. They make everything fresh there, and it smells like it as you walk through the door. They do one thing (okay, not just one thing, but one main thing), and they do it well: börek. A classic börek is layers of filo pastry sandwiching melted tiers of spinach and feta. It’s very similar to the Greek spanakopita (though I recommend avoiding that comparison in front of both Greek and Turkish people).
There are lots of delicious things on the menu, but as the creature of habit that I am, I always order the classic su böregi (‘water börek’) with a side salad (2.50 EUR) and piping hot glass of knock-your-socks-off black Turkish tea (1.00 – 1.50 EUR).
Top tip: the earlier the better and the fresher the börek.