Istanbul for Beginners II
Article by Deniz Yılmaz Akman
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In the history, they witnessed countless literature gatherings, conversations and maybe the first moments of lovers, these historical patisseries are literally giving Istanbul feeling to the visitors among many other things to do or places to go.
Lebon Pastanesi: One of the most important patisseries in Istanbul is Lebon. Besides its delicious cakes, when we look back in 1886 we see that there were many famous writers and poets spending times here. As regular customers said: “Chez Lebon, tout est bon”; everything is beautiful in Lebon. If you want a nostalgic feeling, you should try this patisserie.
Lebon Pastanesi Address: İstiklal Cad. 231/A Beyoğlu
İnci Pastanesi: The pearl of Taksim; İnci is always on the list for a delicious french dessert; profiterole. Previously placed in a historical building; Circle d’orient patisserie is now on Mis Sokak (street) with its never changed feeling and atmosphere. Since 1944, İnci Pastanesi has been always a good idea for patisserie culture addicts.
Address: Şehit Muhtar Mahallesi, İstiklal Caddesi, Mis Sokak, No 18/A, Beyoğlu, İstanbul
Baylan Pastanesi: Firstly, it was under the name of Loryan, and managed by the chef Filip Lenas, then turned into “Baylan Pastanesi” by Lenas’ son Harry. Although it never changes and it’s remained in the same quality. Now, Baylan is managed by a Turkish family and it has 2 different locations in Kadıköy, and Bebek. We highly suggest you to give a try on Kup Griye and Mon Cheri desserts and flower flavored macarons.
Baylan Kadıköy Address: Muvakkithane Caddesi No: 9/A Kadıköy
Baylan Bebek Address: Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No: 52-54 Bebek
Patisserie de Pera: If you know the old-nostalgic hotel Pera Palace, you should probably know this patisserie as well. Connected to the main building of this hotel, this patisserie which is covered with Parisian decorations makes you feel in a different time. Herbal tea with an apple tart is recommended.
Patisserie de Pera Address: Meşrutiyet Cad. Pera Palace Hotel No:52 Pera
Stationery Stores and Bookstores
All of changes of this city were witnessed by the old stationery stores which smell like papers, and bookstores where you can find the books more than a hundred years old. When you get inside, these places give the secrets of this city and take you back to your childhood memories too. So, don’t skip to visit old bookstores of Istanbul if you want to be a part of this story.
On Istiklal street, you see that a store with lot of different objects, maps and world globes in its window display. For souvenirs, this place can be the goal but it includes more than you need and dream of. In 1965, it was a fur store but now in its old building it is full of stationery objects.
Panter Kırtasiye Address: İstiklal Cad. No: 185 Beyoğlu
Since 1993, it has been famous for map, naval and history fans. You can find naval maps, globes and second hand documents related to history in this old store. Also, inside the building, there is a spiral staircase which exactly gives the sense of oldies to you.
Denizler Kitabevi Address: İstiklal Cad. No: 199/A Beyoğlu
Simurg Kitabevi (second hand bookseller)
There is a big archive related to Turkish art, history, sociology and archeology. Since 1988 three brothers of this bookstore have tried to satisfy its regular customers. If you visit “Tarlabaşı Bulvarı” you should drop by Simurg too.
Simurg Kitabevi Address: Tarlabaşı Bulvarı, Kalyoncu Kulluğu Cad. 13 / 4, Beyoğlu
If you are looking for old photos, cards, gravures, and books there are the other options:
– İmge Sahaf Caferağa Mah. Güneşlibahçe Sok. No: 41/A-B Kadıköy
– Barış Sahaf Mühürdar Cad. No 71/B Moda/Kadıköy
– Mütefferika Caferağa, Mühürdar Cad. No:58 Kadıköy