Since many shops and restaurants claim to date back centuries, it is important to recognize the authentic spots that have stood the test of time.
Started in 1777 and operating for three generations, Hacı Bekir confectionery is one of the oldest historical shops in Istanbul. You can find sweets from hard candies to various kinds of Turkish delight. Hamidiye Caddesi No.81/83, Eminönü
A historical restaurant frequented by many important figures, from movie stars and singers, to politicians, Pandeli Restaurant offers the staples of historic Istanbul cuisine. Balık Pazarı Kapısı Sokağı No.1/2, Mısır Çarşısı, Eminönü
Currently run by the family’s fourth generation, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi offers the best coffee beans and grounds for Turkish coffee. You can buy a package of newly ground Turkish coffee from its original location in Eminönü. Tahmis Sokağı No.66, Eminönü
Founded in 1888, Hacı Abdullah Restaurant has been the forefront of introducing Turkish and Ottoman cuisine to locals and visitors from abroad. Atıf Yılmaz Caddesi No.9/A, Beyoğlu
In addition to classic sweets, Üç Yıldız Şekerleme offers mastic-based products such as beyaz tatlı, a mastic jam served in a glass of water alongside Turkish coffee and pullu sakızlı, a type of Turkish delight. Dudu Odaları Sokak No.7, Beyoğlu
One of the earliest Turkish brands to debut abroad, Cemilzade is famous for badem ezmesi, a type of almond paste, as well as hard candies and Turkish delight. Cemil Topuzlu Cad. No.7/C, Kadıköy
The century old Asri Turşucu provides anything related to pickles and fermented goods. The place also appeared in the classic Turkish movie, Neşeli Günler, featuring a heated debate about pickle juice ingredients. Ağa Hamamı Sokak No.9/A, Beyoğlu