Trabzon has a rich cuisine consisting of various flavors introduced by different cultures over thousands of years. Anchovy is the trademark of this cuisine; there are 40 different dishes made of anchovy in the area, in addition to hundreds of dishes cooked with corn, kale, green beans and hazelnut.
Given Trabzon’s location on the shores of the Black Sea, seafood and fish feature prominently in the city’s cuisine. Try the Black Sea anchovy (hamsi), a local favourite. Another Trabzon staple is “vakfikebir”, a round bread loaf baked in the traditional Trabzon way.
On a broader level, if you are looking to experience the world-renowned flavours of Turkish cuisine, then Trabzon will not disappoint. A ‘Meze’ platter will offer you a selection of different appetisers and delicacies in one dish, before you delve into the main meal of spiced meat grills. Turkish cuisine is also vegetarian friendly, with a variety of vegetarian dishes highlighting the authentic flavours of the region.
Other Turkish specialities to sample include ‘Pide’, a narrow rectangular-shaped pizza made with uniquely baked dough and your choice of stuffing, as well as other dishes such as Akcaabat koftesi (meatballs), served with Ayran (traditional yogurt drink) and Piyaz (Turkish bean salad).
Tea is also synonymous with this region. Tea farming is done mostly in eastern Trabzon. Tourists and residents alike enjoy the delight of a tea cup served in copper tea pots with a panoramic view of Trabzon along the Black Sea.