Can’t get enough of these Turkish toasted flatbreads? From gozleme to borek and more, we've found some of the best in Melbourne. Opening hours may differ right now, so be sure to check with the business directly before visiting.
At Borek Bakehouse they’re equally famous for their gozlemes and filo boreks. They’re all freshly baked on the Elizabeth Street premises. Jostle for space at the counter in this no-nonsense takeaway cafe and make your choice. Will it be a spicy lamb gozleme, or chicken and vegetable? Boreks come in cheese and spinach, spicy lamb and potato-veg. Plus there are pides, falafels and more.
The gozlemes are authentic Turkish delights at Göz City. Hand-rolled and cooked on a hot plate, they’re crispy on the outside and meltingly oozy inside. Order a board topped with your choice of goz. Traditional cheese and spinach, minced meat, herbed chicken, or mushroom and veg. You’ll find Göz City in Madame Brussels Lane and Little Collins Street, or check their Instagram to find out when they're delivering to your suburb.
This Queen Victoria Market stall is run by the same team as Borek Bakehouse. It keeps market hours, so closes on Mondays and Wednesdays. Nonetheless, the Borek Shop is an essential stop in your quest for Melbourne’s best gozlemes. Join the legendary throng jamming the Dairy Produce Hall. Your patience will be rewarded with spicy lamb boreks and cheesy gozlemes straight from the griddle.
At Gozleme King in Docklands, there’s a gozleme for every taste. All-day breakfast gozlemes pair feta, mushroom and egg, and maybe chorizo on the side. Gourmet gozlemes cross the continents, from tandoori chicken to Mexican jalapeno. Vegan? No worries, with soy-based cheese on offer. And for dessert? The Nutella Dream is as good as it sounds, topped with strawberries or banana. Available for delivery via UberEats.
Come down to River Terrace at Fed Square and look for the line of customers snaking in front of the red takeaway food truck. Mama’s Gozleme sells a choice of five options. Original cheese and spinach, or just cheese. Garden vegie, or spinach with chicken or beef. And watching your snack being prepared then cooked in front of you is all part of the fun.
Gozleme Turkish Cafe
For sustenance before stocking up on your fruit and vegies, head to the F Shed stalls at Queen Victoria Market on the weekend. The Gözleme Turkish Cafe here specialises in the namesake treat, made right in front of you. Take a seat in the sunshine to savour a savoury platter of spinach, feta and zucchini gozleme, served with salad, lemon and yoghurt. Open weekends only.
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Last updated on Tue 20 Sep 2022
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