The classic budget breakfast is the national dish of simit, a bread ring coated in sesame seeds. These are usually sold by street vendors for TL1 or less, and can be enlivened by a processed cheese triangle – a surprisingly good combo. Another favourite is börek, a rich, flaky, layered pastry containing bits of mince or cheese, often available from specialist büfes (snack-cafés) for TL2 and up. Bakers (fırıncı) are a great source of poğça (soft rolls usually filled with either cheese, olive spread or a spicy potato mixture) for TL1 and up. A winter warmer favourite is a bowl of çorba (soup), invariably lentil with a lemon wedge, for around TL4.

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