One day during a schoolbreak somewhere in 1989, I browsed the streets of the Middelland area and as I have a thing for savoury food I was immediately drawn towards the window where these freshly baked buns with feta cheese and tomato were displayed and lured me into the bakery. That was my first contact with the Kaya family, the second generation of a bakers family, originally from Hatay, Antakya in Turkey. They have their shop since 1982 in this busy street in Rotterdam. It’s still a nice place to visit from time to time to get many other yummy things as my fave bun with feta cheese isn’t on the menu anymore.
Kaya Pastanesi refurbished the shop some time ago and now you’re able to sit there too and have a cup of çay or coffee accompanied with something to munch on which can be a tough choice what to eat.
Their sweet and sticky baklava comes in several flavors and shapes with exotic names like Dolama and Havuç (bigger pieces of baklava). Other sweet stuff are Lokum (Turkish delight), Bülbül Yuvasi (unfilled airy pastry) and Dilber dudagi (pastry dough with nuts).
The wide range of cookies always looks attractive and inviting to eat.
Do try the Peynirli Börek, a simple simit or even the Turkish pizza, Lahmacun.
Still after all these years – when I attended school nearby, this Turkish bakery filled with homemade cookies, bread and other mouth-watering goodies – I love going here and treat myself!