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The Pudding Shop, Istanbul
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The Pudding Shop is the nickname for the Lale Restaurant in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey. It became popular in the 1960s as a meeting place for beatniks and, later on, hippies and other travelers on overland route between Europe and India, Nepal, and elsewhere in Asia - the "hippie trail". The restaurant got its colloquial name as a result of "word-of mouth" from numerous foreign travelers that could not remember the name of the eatery but did remember the wide and popular selection of puddings sold there and thus referred to it as the "pudding shop".BackgroundWhen brothers İdris and Namık Çolpan opened the restaurant in 1957, they had no idea that it would eventually become one of the most popular meeting places for travelers venturing across Europe and Asia during the 1960s. In consideration of the general lifestyle and political views of hippies in the 1960s, the restaurant, developed an image associated with the counterculture of the time. Such stereotypes and ideas that resonated with the term "hippie", including music choice, political stance, particular style of dress, or drugs, became tied to the restaurant.Because most of its customers were tourists, the Pudding Shop eventually developed into a popular rest stop, a place where people could gather, discuss their traveling experiences, and delight in fairly priced, traditional Turkish food. Among the restaurant's variety of well-known dishes and desserts was tavuk göğsü, a seldom found pudding made from pounded chicken breast, rice flour, milk, sugar topped with cinnamon. The restaurant still offers this rare treat today, catering to customers with appetites for traditional Turkish cuisine.
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  • This place is situated write next to such sights as Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosue, Ipodrome. It is not popular to tourists but is full of locals and this is what we liked the most. The menu has diff...  more »
  • especially because you can find reputations is so many travel guides we had a high expectation- it failed COMPLETELY! compared to other local restaurants the quality & taste was terrible! 
  • This restaurant/cafe has a fun history to it. It's reputation goes back to the 1970's as a place for backpackers to meet up and join other travellers to share a ride or buy no longer needed vehicles t...  more »