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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
It s a therapy June for women.While shopping they forgot all their problems.
I can tell you I stanbul has turned a shopping mall jungle for last 20 years.
People are going to Shopping mall for to pray now.Not Mosque.
I have added more shopping mall and other stuff info to my wwww.visitmyistanbul.com
I give you other shopping malls website which are very famous and popular.Open 365 days.
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.
Address: Kadýkoy Carsi
Turkish Delight, lokum, or loukoum is a confection made from starch and sugar. It is often flavored with rosewater and lemon, the former giving it a characteristic pale pink color. It has a soft, jelly-like and sometimes sticky consistency, and is often packaged and eaten in small cubes that are dusted with sugar or copra to prevent sticking. Some types contain small nut pieces, usually pistachio, hazelnut or walnuts. Other common types include flavors such as cinnamon or mint.
Reay Tannahill suggests that the Persian confection ahbisa (jelly) was the ancestor of Turkish rahat lokum (Corrupted from the Arabic name Rahat al-halkom راحه الحلقوم'contentment of the throat' and shortened to raha or halkom), the long name for the sweet.
According to the Ali Muhiddin Hacı Bekir Company of Istanbul, founded in 1777, lokum was popularized by them during the 19th century.
Lokum was introduced to the west in the 19th century. An unknown Briton became very fond of the delicacy during his travels to Istanbul, and purchased cases of lokum, to be shipped back to Britain under the name Turkish Delight. It became a major delicacy not only in Britain, but throughout continental Europe.
What to buy: Turkish Delight with pistachio,and almond paste try them
From the time of its founding during the Ottoman Empire, the name Haci Bekir has become a legend in Ottoman and Turkish confectionery and a leading symbol of this art. The Haci Bekir story began in 1777 when Bekir Effendi moved from Araç in Kastamonu, a province bordering the Black Sea coast of modern Turkey, to Istanbul. Here, he opened a small shop in the Bahcekapi district of what we now call the Old City, in which he began to produce and sell varieties of lokum, or Turkish delight and akide, the boiled sweets much loved by Turks. On fulfilment of his religious obligation to make pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Bekir Effendi became known as Haci Bekir, a title of respect granted to those who have completed the hac, or pilgrimage.
Today, Haci Bekir's tradition is being carried on by the family as Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir Confectioners, and the company can proudly say that this first shop represents the only business in Istanbul which has operated from the same premises for a period of more than two hundred years.
Do not mix please .There are lots of GULLUOGLU around the world but just only one does real baklava .Not freezed and warmed and served.It is daily fresh.Go to KARAKOY and have some
Baklava and drink free water.They do not get pay if you drink water.
Sweets of Baklava maker Güllüoðlu , which became in demand in Turkey and abroad, have a background of 134 years tradition. Company executives bring up this secret with evaluation of “knowledge, experience, respect and case to the work”. According to them, these values can be seen at every stage of baklava production.
Besides, the wheat of Harran Ovasý, peanut of Gaziantep and the tasty butter of Urfa are used in the sweets of Baklava maker Güllüoðlu . These three inseparable ingredients of Baklava, after joining together with masters’ talent, give the traditional taste to the products of Güllüoðlu.
What to buy: Try pistachio baklava or Fýstýklý Durum (Drumed pistachio paste with thin philio) yummmyyyyyyy.
you can order one portition or 1 kg .1 portion about 6 liras
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
Þehit Zafer Sok.
Tel:0 212 422 15 80
Tel:0 212 635 33 93
Tel:0 212 517 15 38
Büyük Ýstanbul Otogarý
Tel:0 212 658 18 10
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%
Directions: 10 minutes away from the istanbul Atatürk Airport
15 minutes from Taksim. the city center
Kapalicarsi is one of the largest covered bazaar of the world
It was built in 15th century by MEHMET II and first name is Sandal Bedesten.
With the new additions it s became a huge ancient in door bazaar of the Istanbul.
For more infor about please visit http://www.kapalicarsi.org.tr/
What to buy: You can by leather jackets,tiles,ceramic vaze,carpets,rugs,Copper souvenirs ,Jewelry,bookstores,silverwares,sports wears etc.
In the Eminonu quarter you can find this old style covered bazaar next to the New Mosque.It has been built in 1660 by Turhan Valide Sultan.
What to buy: You can find lots of spices and local turkish foods (pastirma,turkish deligts,turkish cheese,turkish style sausages) and also please visit PANDELÝ RESTAURANT.Founder of the restaurant is PANDELI COBANOGLU.You can taste turkish style foods with good service.
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