Akko is brimming with both salty and sweet delights
It’s impossible to stroll through the old city of Akko without succumbing to the intoxicating smell of dough rising in an old oven or syrupy semolina sweets that call to you from their stands. Akko’s sweets are some if its greatest treasures. Like most of Akko’s restaurants and food stands, bakeries are also a family affair with recipes and baking methods being passed on from generation to generation. In fact, chefs from all over Israel will come to Akko’s most famous bakeries to watch hand-made Arab sweets and pastries being made from scratch. Akko is indeed a doughy paradise, and to help you find your favorite carb, here is a list of baking goods worth looking for.
Baklava, Kanafe and Kadaif
Follow your nose and eyes to rich Middle Eastern desserts like Baklava, made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts held together with syrup or honey, or Kanafe, which combines fried stringy kadaif noodles with a mild white cheese, sweet syrup, rose water and pistachios crushed on top, delicious!
While Kanafe is best eaten warm and fresh, there are other sweets you can take home to munch on later, like healthy and savory Black Seed cookies, date filled Maamul Cookies, Halva sweets made from sesame paste, gel filled Lokum Turkish Delights and many other traditional semolina or honey cakes, almond or dried fruit cookies.
Most people are familiar with Pita bread, the fluffy pocket bread of the Middle East. Pitas and flatbreads are best eaten fresh from the oven, and in Akko there are some amazing old ovens. Step into old bakeries to find pitas, sesame breadsticks and flatbreads with zatar, or tomatoes & onions like Manakish, the pizzas of the Middle East, sometimes topped with cheese or minced lamb.