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Address: Divanyolu No: 6 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 522 2970
07:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 23:00

When it opened in 1957, the Pudding Shop was a gathering place and...

When it opened in 1957, the Pudding Shop was a gathering place and information center for travelers heading across Europe and Asia. Today, this city landmark offers food and drink to tourists and locals.

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Good food..between the sites hopping.

I came in when I saw Imam Biyaldi dish in the bain Marie dish in the window. Not because of this place reputation or history. It is easily understandable because it is not easy to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Diella S
Banbury, United Kingdom
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came in when I saw Imam Biyaldi dish in the bain Marie dish in the window. Not because of this place reputation or history. It is easily understandable because it is not easy to miss. A few yards from the Basilica cistern entrance. The dishes are ready made and you just point at the most appealing dish that takes... More 

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Bontang, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

It was my last day in Istambul. When I asked my local tour guide, Zeki where the nice local food was. He showed us this place, The Pudding Shop. I tought it was only serve pudding, but when I came in they served some local dishes. Everything looked delicious and tempting. I forgot the names of the foods, it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

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 different dishes, not expensive, very tasty. The staff is really hospitable and nice, helpful, Here you feel very comfortable, like you are spending... More 

Thank Оксана Б
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

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!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

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 to continue their journey. Apparently it got it's nickname "The Pudding Club" due to the memorable local pudding that they served, which I... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The Pudding Shop is located very near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia (within walking distance). It serves a variety of local food at reasonable prices. The service is great and as tourist, you get to have variety within just one restaurant without having to go to too many places.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

The Pudding Shop never fails to offer great food and welcoming waiters and staff. Every time we are in Istanbul we dine here at least twice during our stay. It has a great location near Haiga Sophia.

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

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.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

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 most famous ones around this city. I took a seat next to the window so I could people watch while... More 

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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Good food, laid out canteen style so you can see what you're ordering. Something for everyone, clean toilets, kids loved it too. Friendly staff and all the tour guides know this place.

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