I am both a tea and a coffee drinker, so Istanbul was my kind of place; strong, Turkish coffee scents the air, and men dash to and fro carrying trays of hot, black tea. I was on a beverage-laden cloud nine.
I had planned to do a coffee tour, visiting some old, traditional coffee shops and learning to make coffee the Turkish way. However, this is clearly a popular activity for tourists and the tour was full on the only day I was free.
So that day I went for a long walk instead. By mid afternoon I was in need of a caffeine break. First I stopped at a small coffee shop. Actually that is a bit of an exaggeration, in reality it was just someone’s front room plus a couple of tables outside. I sat inside for a while watching an afternoon soap with the proprietor, before moving outside for a spot of fresh air and a bit of people watching.
Continuing my exploration, I discovered a real piece of cloud nine – just look at these home-made cakes.
I had a slice of the semolina and bitter orange cake – moist with just the right mix of bitter and sweet. Just for a change, I remembered to take a photo before I scoffed the lot.
The setting was very pink and very “English teashop”.
And the name of this place?
Very appropriate, I’m sure you’ll agree:
Cloud Nine Patisserie, Lüleci Hendek Caddesi 46A, Galata, Istanbul
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