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Jan 20, 2019
“Mind the opening hours”
May 28, 2018
“Most relaxing and artsy time”
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Caferiye Sk., Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No.5, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 528 00 89
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Reviewed January 20, 2019 via mobile

This hidden handicraft centre is very interesting and might seduce you to spend some money or to go in for ebru. Precondition: the artist must be there. Unfortunately this was not the case when I visited the place, so I tell you to find out...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

We were there to learn marbling. We did our marbling class with Coskun, who was very patient and supportive and gave us space to be creative. Feeling incredibly grateful for this chance - for me it was the first time I have ever done marbling....More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 23, 2017

This is small and secret place near Hagia Sophia. Narrow street to which you even don't look through. But always remember : Usually the best is hidden not in a noisy tourist places, but in small narrow streets behind. If you will find that place,...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed June 19, 2016

We visited twice! Once, we stumbled on this little side street , Caferiye Solak, next to the Hagia Sophia. First we discovered the gallery that show cased local art of marveling, calligraphy, jewelry and paintings. We met Josh who manages the Caferaga Medresesi, a Turkish...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

During my stay in Istanbul I went here everyday to relax, enjoy a mint tea or sherbet and sometimes some baklava. It is easy to walk past but there are also some wonderful handicrafts. Well worth a visit. I almost don't want to share it

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed August 16, 2015

If you're an art lover and haven't seen Turkish water painting, you have got to drop by. My jaw dropped when I saw the process in action - and then my daughter was taught the basic technique in a one hour lesson! Briefly, you start...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed July 15, 2015

I wanted to experience some workshop. So I visited here early in the morning. However, the center was closed, I could'nt do anything that day. You need to check the open time when you visit here. But the building itself was beautiful, so I took...More

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

A splendid place for art and handicraft in an old Medrese building close to Topkapi Palace. There is also a little restaurant which offers tea, coffee and light meals. Enjoy and relax!

Thank bekant
Reviewed March 8, 2015

four of us dropped in and took a one hour class in paper marbling. The instructor (Coskun) was really great and spoke English. He demonstrated the technique and then we tried it. None of us are artists. It was so easy and so fun. People...More

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed November 5, 2014

I was lucky enough to have a friend recommend this centre to me when I was traveling to Istanbul - Tucked behind Aye Sophia, it is a beautiful spot with awe-inspiring art work. Best to call ahead if you can, but if you just show...More

Date of experience: November 2014
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