Turkish people aren’t nearly so obsessed with Turkish coffee as the rest of the world, and drink far greater volumes of çay (black tea). But, what feels more exotic and unique to Turkey, are the fruity herbal teas such as elma çay (apple tea) and ada çay (sage tea). I want to especially recommend the perfectly and quaintly named kuşburnu (pronounced “kush-bur-noo”), a tea made from rose hips, which is at its best with a hefty sugar spooned in. It’s a delicately pink steaming syrup, and the tiny tulip-shaped tea glasses enhance its appeal. Sightseeing anywhere in Turkey can be exhausting, but there is always a local teashop where you can perch on a stool with a street view, play a game of backgammon, and get refreshed with a kuşburnu for less than a lira.
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