MEHMET EFENDI: BEST TURKISH COFFEE
If you want to taste famous turkish coffee this is the centre of the Real Turkish Coffee.
It is operating for coffee addicted people from 1871.It is in located behind the Spice Market
Until the latter part of the 19th century, coffee beans were sold raw. They were roasted at home and then ground using hand-operated coffee mills. All this changed when Mehmet Efendi inherited his father Hasan Efendi's spice and green coffee bean shop.
Mehmet Efendi was born in 1857 in the Fatih region of Istanbul. Following his education at the Süleymaniye Medresesi (the school attached to the Süleymaniye Mosque complex), Mehmet Efendi began to work in his father's shop on Tahmis Sokak. Mehmet Efendi took over the family business in 1871 and began roasting raw coffee beans, grinding them in mortars and selling roasted and ready-ground Turkish Coffee to his customers. Soon, Tahmis Sokak was filled with the rich aroma of freshly roasted coffee. Thanks to Mehmet Efendi, coffee lovers were able to enjoy the convenience of buying ready roasted and ground coffee, and he soon became known as "Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi", or Mehmet Efendi, vendor of roasted and ground coffee.
What to buy: After Mehmet Efendi's death in 1931, the family business passed to his three sons: Hasan Selahattin Bey, Hulusi Bey and Ahmet Rýza Bey.
The family formally took "Kurukahveci" as their last name in 1934. After Mehmet Efendi passed away, his eldest son Hasan Selahattin (1897-1944) recognized the importance of the international market and resolved to become active abroad. Thus, Turkish Coffee began to be promoted abroad as well as in the domestic market.
In line with the technological developments of the time, Hulusi Bey (1904-1934) introduced mass production and commissioned Zühtü Baþar – one of the leading architects of the period – to design an Art Deco headquarters for the company on the site of the original family shop on Tahmis Sokak. This striking structure remains the company's headquarters to this day. In addition, the company began to package its roasted-ground coffee in parchment paper and to distribute these packages to groceries and corner stores all over the city via automobile. Thus, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi was responsible for another groundbreaking innovation in Turkey. The company also opened a branch on the famous thoroughfare of Istiklal Caddesi.
What to pay: you can buy turkish coffee and cacao
Spice shops: Egyptian Bazaar
The Egyptian Market (or Spice Market) is filled with the fragrance of the exotic East. Spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish Delight) and other edibles fill most of the shops in Istanbul's Misir Çarsisi, though jewelry and other high-margin goods have begun to move in.
It's no wonder: this is prime retail space, right at the southern end of the Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn in the Eminönü district, right next to the New Mosque (Yeni Cami).
Stroll through the market (closed Sunday), and if you have the time, stroll for another hour through the surrounding bazaar. Hasircilar Caddesi, running west from the market building, is particularly colorful, with lots more shops selling spices, snacks and housewares.
What to buy: Located just behind the Yeni Mosque in Eminonu, the Spice Bazaar was built in 1660 by the architect Kazým Aga at the behest of Sultan Turhan. It gains its Turkish name, Mýsýr Çarþýsý (Egyptian Bazaar), from the fact that it once received income from taxes levied on Egypt. The English name hails from the days when the Bazaar specialised in the sale of herbs and spices, medicinal plants, and drugs. While the colour and aroma pervading the covered hallway may since have faded to some extent, a small number of shops do still stock the traditional products. In addition, you will find sacks and shelves groaning with dried fruits and nuts, teas and infusions, oils and essences, sweetmeats, honeycombs and aphrodisiacs.
The Spice Bazaar is open daily, except Sundays and public holidays.Related to:
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Olivium Outlet Centre: Outlet Centre Of Zeytinburnu District
You can find all turkish and foreign companies discounted and outlet shops in this centre.You can have your food in the food court during your shopping.It is very close to airport.
What to buy: By Bus
You will get off the bus at the Adliye stop, the nearest stop to the Olivium and you will reach Olivium by taking a very short walk.
93 Zeytinburnu - Eminönü
93C Zeytinburnu - Beyazýt
93M Zeytinburnu - Mecidiyeköy
93T Zeytinburnu - Taksim
If you prefer sea bus, you have several alternatives. When you get on the sea bus from Kadýköy, Bostancý and Üsküdar and get off the sea bus in Bakýrköy, it will take a few minutes to get to the Olivium by train.
If you get on the sea bus from Kadýköy you will be at Eminönü stop within few minutes. The only thing that you have to do is to take the bus, no 93 from Eminönü or you can prefer the train.
Also you can take the sea bus from Kadýköy or Bastancý and get off in Yenikapý. From there by the suburban train of Sirkeci- Halkalý line you will be in Zeytinburnu in 10 minutes.
You can go to Karaköy and Eminönü with boats from Kadýköy and Üsküdar every 30 minutes; and from here you can go to the Olivium by train, suburban - train and bus.
Zeytinburnu underground stop.
HM (Aksaray - Yeþilköy)
You can go to Zeytinburnu from Eminönü by train.
By Suburban Train
The nearest stop to the Olivium that the suburban train of Sirkeci- Halkalý line will take you is the Kazlýçeþme station. It will take almost 20 minutes. It begins at 05:45 in the morning and ends at 23:45.
Transporting from Airport
After reaching Zeytinburnu by underground from Atatürk Airport you can go to the Olivium by several alternatýves in a few minutes.
for groups upon ealling 0800 219 50 27
What to pay: Open everyday from 10:00 to 22:00
Offering a dynamic and enjoyable shopping experience, and for those who seek a relaxing one, Olivium is the best place to be.
140 outlet shops
International brands such as Adidas, Pumo, Koppa, Nine West, Tommy Hilfýger, Cacharel, Pierre Cardin, US Polo, Gottex, Reebok, Mudo Outlet, Diesel, Mango etc...
Low prices, Shoppers can save up to 40% - 60%
Istiklal Caddesi in Beyoglu is another big shoppingstreet with clothstores, recordshops and bookshops. Here I bought a bag at the Puma store and a CD at one of the recordstores.
Beside shops there are also cinemas and several restaurants and cafes.
It is a really crowded street.
Collect candle lamps
Some of the most nice presents i brought to my friends were some candle lamps. Actually we have these in Greece, but i found more colourful lamps in Istanbul. You may buy these everywhere in Istanbul but the most variety is sold in Grand Bazzar or in some bazzars in the Asian side.
What to buy: candle lamps in various shapes and coloursRelated to:
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Istiklal Caddesi: Dining, Nightlife, & Shopping!
Istiklal Caddesi is one of the most popular streets in all of Istanbul, known for it's many stores & shops, restaurants, and nightlife spots. The area around Istiklal Caddesi is commonly referred to as "Taksim" by locals, due to it's proximity to Taksim Square. The avenue itself is closed to vehicles, and you can easily see why when you pass down it, as there are thousands of people throughout much of the day and night here walking the street. During the 19th century, the avenue was named "Caddesi Kebir", or "Grand Avenue", and the area was popular amongst foreigners as well as an area more "westernized" than many other parts of Istanbul. After the formation of the Turkish Republic in the 1920's, it's name was changed to "Istiklal", or "Independence". Along with it's noted shopping, dining, and nightlife, it is also a great place to relax on a bench and do some people watching, or take a ride on the nostalgic 19th century tram that runs down the avenue.Related to:
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Sahaflar Carsisi: Second Hand book Bazaar
Sahaflar Carsisi, the Second-hand Book Bazaar, nestles in an ancient, courtyard between the Bayezid Mosque and Fesciler entrance to the Covered Bazaar. One of Istanbul's oldest markets, the Bazaar is built on the same site as the Chartoprateia, which used to be the book and paper market of Byzantium. However, it was only at the end of the 18th century that booksellers began to migrate across from the Covered Bazaar and set up shop in the courtyard. Printing and publishing legislation introduced soon after enabled the trade to expand in a major way and take over the entire market, which from then on became known as the Sahaflar Carsisi. Well into this century the market remained a focal point for the sale and distribution of books within the Ottoman Empire, as well as a gathering spot for Istanbul's intellectual and literary circles. However, over the last half century or so, the market has lost much of its significance with the inevitable proliferation of modern bookstores acoss the city. All the same, tattered ancient volumes are still to be found beside the gleaming new editions.
The Bazaar is open daily except Sundays and public holidays, when the main stores are closed. The smaller stores, however, tend to open every day.Related to:
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High End Stores: Tony Nisantasi
Try visiting Nisantasi and the whole place seems to be just like a page out of a glossy fashion magazine, with the high end fashion stores doing business here. From Prada to Gucci and local brands like Beymen, Nisantasi is for those who live to shop, love the good life and can't get enough of luxury brands in Milan, HK or Dubai (and of course, money to burn). It's an elegant and affluent neighborhood with well-preserved buildings adorned with colorful plant boxes. It's where Istanbul, and perhaps, Turkiye itself, takes on a distinctly European character.
The neighborhood is littered with chic cafes and fine restaurants and classy bars which come alive at night, where you can go and have a good meal and hobnob with pro-EU, Prada-clad Istanbullus who speak flawless English.
A bit high-brow, and a friend told me, pretentious, but somehow one has to experience this side of Istanbul (and Turkey), too.Related to:
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shopping on sundays
Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.Shops are around grand bazaar closed too.
Go to Ortakoy posh bazaar or go to Kadikoy Carsi in asian side(Bazaar)or go to Besiktas carsi( bazaar).But they will be crowded after 12:00pm.
Ortakoy is about 3km from Cruise port Besiktas is closer about 2 km.for kadikoy go to Barbarossa Hayrettin port in Besiktas and take a public boat 20min later you ll be in Kadikoy.every past 15 and to 15 there is a boat from both side.
for more info check my tips.
What to buy: Kadikoy Market you can but local food and fish and lovely baklava.
Try Kokorec and midya tava and dolma.Also buy some beyaz peynir (feta),pastrami,Manti(ravioli), Eriste (Fetuccini) and Tulum cheese.
Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir: Get your Turkish Delight from the Inventors!
These guys invented lokum, or Turkish Delight way back when and started sellling in their shop in 1777! The original shop still does business at its Eminonu location and operated by the same family. The Haci Bekir logo is one of the oldest trademarks still in existence today. They now have several shops in Istanbul including the one we went to in Kadikoy where we bought 500g boxes for our respective offices back home. There are several flavors of lokum available: plain, rose, pistachio, hazelnut, walnut, almond, coconut and almond, cream, mint, mastic, fruit flavoured, date, cinnamon, ginger, and coffee. But they also have other sweets such as halva (a sweet made from sugar syrup and sesame oil), hard candies, and nut pastes.
What to buy: Turkish Delight!
What to pay: A 500g box cost 10 YTL or $8 US
Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir: Do you like Turkish delight?
If you like candies you’ll love Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir. As far as I know, it is the oldest candy maker brand in Istanbul. They are making lokum and candies since 1777.
Even if you do not have Turkish delight (Lokum) in your shopping list, pay a visit at one of his shops. You can find them easily in Eminonu, on Istiklal Street or in Kadikoy.
What to buy: I recommend you to try double- baked lokum with hazelnuts, almond cookies and pastries with walnut and tahin (sesame paste). They have many kinds of candies. If you have appetite I advise you to taste as much as you can.
markets at the European side: Souvenirs, spices, ceramics, music organs
Every tourist goes to The Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 4000 shops! It's like a labyrinth but have in mind that the main street is the jewelry street. You can spend hours here. Many people use to buy leather clothes but the quality aint so good. Of course it's a souvenir’s heaven! Jewelry, turkish ceramics, carpets, paintings, carvings, rugs, cheap tourist T-shirts, old posters etc. Don’t forget that you can negotiate the price, but
don't expect real antiques here!
The Egyptian/Spice Bazaar is the other famous bazaar in Istanbul. Although in our days is full of souvenirs, apple teas etc its nice to walk through just for the colors and the smells!
In the backyard of Bayazit Mosque there is a small second hand books Bazaar. Old books, miniatures, drawings, posters etc…
For nice Turkish coffee try "Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi" at one of its several shops in the city.
For tea glasses go to “Pasabahce Glassery”. Several shops in the city but the one at Istiklal Cad 314 is the closest
For music organs try some shops outside the touristic areas so to buy some nice local organs
OZGUL: CAMERA & VIDEO REPAIR SHOP
I dropped my video camera, plus it was full of dust from my time at Cappadocia, so I had to find a repair shop. Ozgul, were very good. It took them 1 hour to find out and tell me what was wrong with it, and to give me a quote which I accepted. One hour later, and I could pick it up. Hows that for service? great? I wish they were this fast at home.
I can recommend this shop and the people I dealt with. Located in the main shopping centre of Istanbul.
Galleria Atakoy Mall: Escape Those Long Airport Layovers
The Galleria Atakoy Mall is Turkey's oldest, built on the suggestion of Prime Minister Ozal, who was impressed with a mall of similar name in Houston Texas. It opened in 1988 and immediately became a drawing card for the whole city as well as tourists, given its location in the western suburb of Atakoy near to the marina and the international airport. With a six hour layover scheduled, it drew us as well. The mall has won awards for its construction and features including a 1990 award as the best mall in the world.
There are about 135 stores with a high proportion of Turkish clothing and other retail ventures and with surprisingly few international brands. As is often the case, local designers are cutting edge and a sweater bought there by Proserpina (at Atalar, image 3 ) is still worn regularly drawing comments for its unique styling. The center of the mall is a five story tall tower with an open elevator system and a skating rink on the ground level. A food court, again almost free of the usual international suspects, offers a wide array of food. We stopped for admittedly undistinguished pastries and coffee at Ozsut. We also spent a while looking at uniquely designed wrist watches in one store. The mall also offers an entertainment center with a movie theater and a bowling alley.
Turkish seemed the only language used here - tourists must be quite infrequent. Which did not deter the sales personnel from offering our first experience with the famed Turkish hospitality. The Galleria is an absolutely perfect way to pass several hours outside the drab domestic division waiting room of the Ataturk airport ( we shudder to think of what chaos must have been before construction of the new international wing ).
KOSKA: BEST TURKISH HALVA
If you like Eastern style sweets and dessert go to KOSKA and by some HALVA .
My favorite is HALVA WITH PISTACHIO.
Koska’s origins reach back to a halvah-maker’s shop operated by Hajji Emin Bey in the west Anatolian town of Denizli around the turn of the 20th century. In 1931, Halil Ýbrahim Adil Dindar, who was still pursuing the family business, came to Ýstanbul together with his sons and together they opened a shop of their own in a district of the city known as Koska. In time, the shop’s reputation as a maker of high-quality halvah and other confections grew and the business became known as “Koska Helvacýsý” after its location. Transformed into a company, the enterprise flourished and in 1974 it set up a factory in the Topkapý district of Ýstanbul, where it began producing Turkish delight, nougat, and fruit preserves in addition to its traditional line of halvahs. As the business grew, the brothers Mümtaz and Nevzat Dindar decided to relocate production to a newly constructed modern plant in the Merter district where they continued operating under the name “Koska Helvacýsý Merter”. In its new home, Koska continued to expand its range of products while maintaining the high standards of quality for which the Koska name was famous. In 1990, the company began producing tahini (sesame seed paste) in a brand-new completely automated facility. Today, Koska is still a family-run business, cherished over by the third generation of Hajji Emin’s descendants. In late 1998, production was again relocated to a new plant with 15,000 square meters of enclosed space near the Avcýlar-Ambarlý intersection in Ýstanbul.
What to pay: FACTORY SHOP
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