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The Pudding Shop, Istanbul

Categories: Gift & Specialty Shops, Nightlife, Shopping, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Yndmkenk places to shop and food available in the place because it is located in Sultanahmet and famous areas are cafes, shops and restaurants.
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  • Went after hype in guide book. Fund staff very welcoming and efficient. Food was a bit of a let down. Dolma tasted like banana and chop was over done and bitter. Pudding was OK. 
  • We spent most of our day wandering the streets of this old part of Istanbul. One of my favorite things I like to do while on vacation is going to old classic restaurants and this place is one of the m...  read more »
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