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Cigdem pastanesi

#151 of 11,304 Restaurants in Istanbul
#165 of 11,771 Places to Eat in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Sultanahmet
European, Turkish
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Divanyolu Cad. 62 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Café, Patisserie

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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We both loved the baklava and puddings. Sometimes we had to wait a little but it was well worth it. Strongly recommend to try everything, i. e. not only baklava. Not speaking Turkish wasn't an issue as menus had pictures. Staff was friendly and attentative. Besides the great sweets the place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Thomas N
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Frankfurt, Germany
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  • Families with children
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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We both loved the baklava and puddings. Sometimes we had to wait a little but it was well worth it. Strongly recommend to try everything, i. e. not only baklava. Not speaking Turkish wasn't an issue as menus had pictures. Staff was friendly and attentative. Besides the great sweets the place served as an oasis of calm and quiet amongst... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Cigdem was in the heart of the Sultanahmet district, and it quickly became our favorite breakfast (and late night treats) spot. They have a vast menu of baklava and pastries. The restaurant is very affordable and we got complementary Turkish delights with our meal. Over the course of several visits, we tried many of the different dishes and they were... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Walked in off the street and had breakfast there every day of our stay. Honest pricing. Good service. Delicious bread rolls and baked goods not to mention sweets. Good coffee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Amazing place based on Sultan Ahmet street. I walked into it by accident and ended up buying delicious biscuits for my family and friend. The staff here were extremely friendly and helpful in assisting me pick the pastries. They also packed i for me so i can easily carry them back home! The value of money was very good and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Having bought some pastries here on a previous visit I was delighted to find it again, and took the opportunity to sit down at one of the tables inside to linger over a Turkish coffee, cherry pastry (large) and pistachio pastry. My friend had coffee and baklava. Everything was excellent including the friendly service. A million times better than you'll... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Just went by this shop and we wanted breakfast. Nice food and did service. We've bought some cookies for the road and those were great too.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We walked past this pastry shop numerous times while we were in Istanbul. In the end we succumbed and went in for dessert and coffee. Both were very nice and the service was good. We did however find it a little expensive.

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Perth
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Walked by and decided to try the desserts as they looked really good on display outside. No one welcomed us when we walked in even though there were two guys standing by the door. We wanted to get just a few pieces to take away and after standing there for quite some time, the guy by the door finally decided... More 

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County Cork, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Just up the street from the Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia, this cafe became a regular pit stop during my few days in Istanbul. Nice pleasant cafe with a very selection of pastries. I became hooked on the Chocolate Profiterole cake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

A must go for fantastic crunchy-fresh Turkish sweet or savory pastry and lokum when in Istanbul! Absolutely delicious, tasty and friendly authentic Turkish service. Great value for money. Highly recommendable!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Divanyolu Cad. 62 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighborhood: Sultanahmet

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European, Turkish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Café, Patisserie

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Sultanahmet

Neighborhood Profile
Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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