Haci Bekir

Haci Bekir, Istanbul: Address, Phone Number, Haci Bekir Reviews: 4/5

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Neighbourhood: Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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rcjensen
London, UK355 contributions
May 2020 • Couples
No doubt, there are larger lokum places around European quarter of Istanbul, where you can buy an authentic handmade Turkish delight. In some of these places you can sit down, have coffee and watch the world to go by. Still, this place should be reviewed on quality and taste of the product and not on size of their premises, or ability to speak English. After all, it is you who should be speaking the language of country, that you are visiting (or at least make an attempt) .. and not vice versa. As far as the lokum is concerned? Double roasted pistachio, is one of the best, that I have ever eaten ... and I have tried lot of different places on my business trips to Istanbul.
Written 24 July 2020
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Alex J
Melbourne, Australia2,208 contributions
Apr 2019
This shop is not all that big, but it has a huge reputation as the best place to get Turkish delight, and all other kinds of Turkish sweets. We were taken here as part of our conducted "food tour" of Istanbul, and we sampled quite a bit of the wares. Prices are high, but even novices like us could see that the quality of stuff in this shop was better. Presentation was superb, you get your sweets in lovely boxes. Remember this shop is old (started in 1777), so it has a reputation to maintain. You may pay a little more, but you can be assured of quality. One more thing: if you see a large tour group inside the shop, wait till they have gone! There are only a few staff members, they can give you better service when the shop has relatively fewer people in it. Easy access for strollers or wheel chairs, the shop is at street level. If you are entirely on your own, you better ask your hotel's front desk for precise directions on how to find this place. As I said before, it is not all that big, and you may need directions to get here!
Written 1 February 2020
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MarelizeDeB
Hamburg, Germany37 contributions
Oct 2019
We were very exited to try this highly reviewed shop, but unfortunately we were brushed off by the staff. We went to the counter, waited our turn announced ourselves, and asked if they sell sweets and if we may taste some sweets. The gentlemen then proceeded to ignore us and help the lady behind us, speaking only Turkish. He refused to acknowledge us, and this was the same with the other 3 gentlemen in the shop. We left, exasperated and humiliated. This place is hostile towards foreigners and tourists.
Written 8 October 2019
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Hélèna J
Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, France14 contributions
Sep 2019
This nice shop is one of the oldest for türkish delights in Istanbul. The loukoums were delightful, especially the ones with pistaccios.
Written 5 October 2019
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Ghandi K
Amman, Jordan12 contributions
Sep 2019
Expensive comparing to others but high quality products, if you are looking for the original taste you have to try their halqoum its amazing, and very clean
Written 24 September 2019
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ujwala p
Mumbai, India66 contributions
Feb 2019
will get tasty Turkish delights, i like pistachio flavor. since 1777 they are in Istanbul. we can get all flavor of Turkish Delight it is on main road of Istikaal street, Taksim
Written 23 September 2019
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Chardonnay
Kent, UK91 contributions
Aug 2019
I visited this small shop for it's history as I'd seen it on TV but was disappointed. The staff have no interest in serving you, helping you choose or even acknowledging your existence! They seem to think their reputation will be enough. Nothing was priced and when I asked I got a one word answer from a surly man. The younger man was more interested in his phone than serving the several customers in the shop. The old man on the till just snatched my money and didn't even look at me never mind say thank you. There are many more lokum (Turkish Delight) shops in Istanbul so just look at this one from the outside and walk on.
Written 10 September 2019
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nora-s_away
Vielha, Spain40 contributions
Aug 2019
I'm a Turkish Delights lover. Since a friend of mine gave me one to taste it, they are my favourite treats. According to that, I was looking the best ones in Istanbul and... I found it in Haci Bekir! You can buy some in so many places but no ones like in here.

Not being able to choose just one flavour, I went for the mixed box that you can see in the picture attached in this comment.
Written 8 September 2019
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Anna A
Athens, Greece156 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
This is the oldest pastry shop in Istiklal.
Personnel spoke English and gave us free trials so that we could make up our mind.
We did go to other pastry shops before this one as they were very busy, thinking those were the best, but personnel didn't speak English and didn't have time to try to understand or explain to us about the pastries.
Haci Bekir was all that we were expecting. Nice packaging. Prices were the same us other shops.
Turkish delight or Loukoum is delicious and a must. Perfect for a gift to bring back home.
Written 30 August 2019
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heytravela
San Francisco, CA1 contribution
Jul 2019
I've had my fair share of packaged Turkish delight (lokum) from airports, stores in the United States, friends' souvenirs, etc. I thought I didn't like Turkish delight (which is baffling because I love the texture of mochi and sugar is a universal good in my stomach).

These Turkish delights were truly top notch fresh. The pistachio is the best!!! The rose is a close second. Definitely ask to try them! They will likely give you a sample to try while you wait for them to package your stuff as well.

I came here twice in one trip to Istanbul. The first time was pretty empty, so the group I went with had many samples and the staff was super friendly. The second time I went by myself and there were some other patrons, so I had to be a bit aggressive in catching to attention of one of the workers. It felt a bit more rushed and less enjoyable of an experience. However, they were still fairly priced and provided a reusable bag (I think you receive it if you order at least 2kg).

I would definitely come again and recommend to all of my friends visiting!

Note: The person who packed my lokum was a bit younger and understood just enough English (didn't understand when I said "assorted" or "1 kilogram" so I had to say 1000 grams) but the previous person understood English perfectly.
Written 6 August 2019
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