In Turkey the local corner shop is known as ‘Bakkal'. The local bakkal usually has bread and stocks other useful items such as milk, eggs, drinks, cheese, yoghurt, and confectionary, some canned foods, cigarettes, alcoholic drinks, and phone cards for public phones as well as credits for different mobile telephone companies (Turkcell kontor, Avea kontor, vodaphone kontor, etc). Bakkals are often open late at night as well as being open at the weekends. If you need to buy a loaf of bread and do not have any change, then usually you will find the owner extremely accommodating as he will let you pay the following day! As a result, it is worth getting to know you local bakkal, as he is there to serve the local community!.
In these corner shops you can also find daily newspapers and magazins usually displayed outside the shop like breads. Usually unsliced white loafs of breads are displayed in a cupboard outside the shop. Usually fresh supply of breads arrive at Bakkals twice daily once in the morning and once in the early evening. Big sized Bakkal shops are called Markets in Turkish and they provide a wider range of products than Bakkals, in a sense they are small privately owned supermarkets.
More interesting range of breads such as wholemeal bread(kepekli ekmek), rye bread (çavdar ekmeği) and packeted sliced bread are found in Markets, supermarkets (süpermarket) and in bakeries (Fırın).
Bakery shop in Turkey is called Fırın. You can find a variety of breads in the local Fırıns in almost every residential area (semt). Most of the time loafs of bread are sold unsliced. Some Fırıns have bread slicing facilities you need to remember to ask them to slice your bread for you. Some Fırıns make and sell a variety of cookies both sweet(tatli kurabiye) and salty (tuzlu kurabiye), and a range of Turkish pastries such as simit, açma and börek in addition to breads.
Usually they produce fresh bread few times during the day. If you enquiry you can find out when the fresh bread comes out and buy fresh hot bread at that time. Turkish people usually consume white loafs of bread daily. They buy their breads fresh once or twice a day either from a Bakkal or from a bakery.
Cake Shop (Pastane)
Throughout the city you will see some cakeshops (pastane) which offer a wide selection of cakes, cookies both sweet (tatli kurabiye) and salty (tuzlu kurabiye), and some Turkish pastries such as börek, simit, açma, poaça and galete as well as a selection of baklavas. It is also possible to find Turkish rice pudding, aşure, and kazandibi. Some pastanes also offer a selection of breads.
Some pastanes are like coffee shops where you can sit and have your deserts with soft drinks mostly with a glass of Turkish tea. Tea is the most popular drink in pastanes where most of the time is served in a small traditional Turkish tea glass. Simit, açma and poaça are the most popular snacks in Turkey accompanied by a glass of Turkish tea and cheese spread.
Tea is drunk straight and strong without any milk. A selection of fruit juices and fizzy drinks and a variety of coffees are also offered beside traditional tea. No alcoholic drinks are sold in these places.