Buca is one of the most special settlements in Izmir. Known for its multicultural identity throughout history, this beautiful district makes its multicultural identity felt to its visitors at many points. Buca, which has hosted many historical events from Rome to Byzantium, from the Ottoman Empire to the modern Republic of Turkey and has always managed to make its name known, welcomes curious crowds these days.
Ahmet Buğra TOKMAKOĞLU from Kesfetsek.com wrote for the DiscoverBuca.com…
After the Discover Buca I and Discover Buca II events hosted by the Municipality of Buca, I keep feeling sorry for what I have not noticed about Buca until today as a person who declared himself from Buca.
If we are ready to break down prejudices and break down the memorizations in our minds, I would like to share with you my taste suggestions that you should definitely taste in Buca.
Best Buca Flavors
Buca is perhaps one of Turkey’s most ambitious points in the field of gastronomy. I think that Buca, which has a square called Butchers Square, needs to be introduced more in this field with street tastes such as kelle, kokoreç, oğlak çevirme and soup.
1. Soup Restaurants in Buca
Buca is one of the places that firmly preserves the soup restaurants tradition and struggles to pass it on to future generations. There are soup restaurants that prepare delicious soups on the Old Station Street (Uğur Mumcu Street) starting from the Butchers Square to the Democracy Square (Old Çevik Bir Square) and in the alleys that cut this street.
Here are my suggestions for eating good soup in Buca: Bosna Soup Restaurant, Thessaloniki Soup Restaurant, Vodina Soup Restaurant and Kozağaç 1881 Soup Restaurant.
2. Atom Kokoreç with Sauce
One of the flavors I learned in my life thanks to Buca is the atom kokoreç with sauce. Albanian-style, tomato sauce kokoreç is a gift from immigrants from Balkans to Buca. Doing this for more than 40 years, Master Kazım sells it in a wheelbarrow with buttered tomato sauce, which he cooked in a black stone oven.
Address: At the intersection of Dumlupınar Neighborhood 221 and 224 streets, sales are made at the mobile counter in front of the seafood restaurant. 📱 @atom.kokorec.kazimusta
3. Delicious Home-cooked Meals
Buca is also a very lucky district in terms of home-cooked meals and artisanal restaurants. It’s not known if it is because of the crowded student population, but I will have two different suggestions that I have experienced where you can find flavors that literally crack your palate.
Teksin Restaurant: It’s located next to the Faculty of Education. In the restaurant, which is frequently visited by employees and students nearby, it is possible to find many options from Albanian liver to olive oil dish, from stew to dessert.
Işık Restaurant: Işık Restaurant is located on Mehmet Akif Street within walking distance of Şirinyer Train Station. It is one of the Buca’s oldest artisanal restaurant. Since it is located in a teeming place, many people prefer it. It’s food are delicious.
4. Buca Toast
Buca Toaster works like an non-governmental organization in Buca. Ismail Abi, who serves in a small and shabby shop in Dumlupınar Neighborhood, supports the students with the extra toast fee he receives from those with good financial status, and buys books and donates them. The toast, which consists of tulum cheese, sausage and tomato paste, goes great with homemade ayran.