Antre Gourmet Istanbul
It’s cheese galore at Antre Gourmet Istanbul. It was the rallying cry of its founders, Neşe Biber and Berrin Onur, when it opened back in 2000. And it’s the reigning inspiration behind the day-to-day for this popular gourmet shop in Beyoğlu. There are local cheese varieties, like fresh Mihaliç and Saganaki Çörekotlu, regional ones like Ayvalık Basket Cheese, and imported ones to round out the selection, including Fior Di Latte, burrata and ricotta. And there’s plenty of knowledge on offer when you visit to assist in your selection, which can be helpful whether you’re looking for something specific to match with wine, or you’re on the hunt for something new.
And there are plenty of new, delicious things to discover at Antre Gourmet Istanbul. Antre even hosts tastings and workshops for those who want to learn more. But if you’re just passing through, you can grab a sandwich and take it with you (or, if you’re lucky, claim one of the few seats). Pick up a bottle of olive oil. Maybe some charcuterie. A few olives, heady with aromatics and spice. It’s up to you. But you can rest assured that, like the cheese, the products have either been sourced or made on-site with an eye to serious quality.
There are few ways to get to know a place better than through its food. And Antre Gourmet Istanbul offers up a taste of Anatolia that’s both illuminating and addictive. After all, what’s not to love about artisanal, traditional cheese and all manner of gourmet deli-style goodness?