The eastern edge of the bustling Spice Market is a popular destination for local foodies, who go there to stock up on cheeses, cured meats, and dried fruits. In this fragrant area, an aroma that stands out above them all is that of roasting coffee beans. Follow your nose and you'll find yourself at Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi's corner shop. Open since 1871, this has remained a family business and is still the most popular brand of Turkish coffee, which often results in long queues forming by the shop's window counter. Turkish coffee is rich, dark, and strong, and is something of an acquired taste. However, many find that once they have acquired the taste, it soon takes the coffee pedestal from espresso. Buy a traditional copper long-handled cezve (Turkish coffee pot) and a pack of Arabica grounds to take home. You may also want to learn the traditional skill of reading the future in the coffee grains, which is still a popular pastime, practised throughout Turkey.
Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi
66 Tahmis Sok.
Our Rating Neighborhood Eminönü Hours Daily 9am-6pm Transportation Tram: Eminönü Phone 0212/511-4262 Amenities
Map66 Tahmis Sok. Istanbul
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