IWI is reprising its highly successful trip to the famous baklava-maker, Karaköy Güllüoğlu for a demonstration of how to make the iconic sweet treat.
The people of Istanbul were first introduced to baklava in 1949, when Mustafa Güllü, from the Güllü family in Gaziantep, opened the first baklava shop in Istanbul, in Karaköy. The Güllü family has been in the baklava business since the 1800s. After Güllü Celebi spent six months in Damascus and Aleppo, both very famous for desserts, learning the trade of making baklava. After his death, the business was continued by successive generations, and finally brought to Istanbul. Karaköy Güllüoğlu started as a small shop and now has the first baklava factory in the world. Specialists in baklava come to this shop from all over Istanbul. Customers of Karaköy Güllüoğlu have come and gone since 1949, but Karaköy Güllüoğlu is a continuous presence with its unique desserts.
On this programme, you will be touring the famous factory and discovering the secrets of making delicious baklava. The tour will last about two hours. There will be a light refreshment to include börek, baklavas, and tea. Afterwards you will be able to buy baklava to take home and enjoy.
Please note that the normal price for this tour is 50 euros. Karaköy Güllüoğlu has generously waived this fee for the IWI members and offer it for free!