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Caferaga Medresesi

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Address: Caferiye Sk. Sogukkuyu Cikmazi No:5, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 2122593101
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A great find

We found this accidentally while being nosey and once you go down a cobbled street, a beautiful doorway draped in vines leads you to this amazing cafe with few tourists.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Sophie R

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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this accidentally while being nosey and once you go down a cobbled street, a beautiful doorway draped in vines leads you to this amazing cafe with few tourists.

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Thank Sophie R
Lima, Peru
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small place very near Aya Sofya mosque and was built by the famous Mimar Sinan. It used to be a medrese (school) and is now home to a cafe as well as a workshop for teaching ebruli (drawing on the water) and is great during the summer because it never really gets hot there!

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Thank Mirella S
Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were walking down an alley behind Aga Sofya and stumbled across this historic building. Built by the famous architect Sinan, the former school went up in 1560. It now belongs to a cultural organization that promotes and teaches Turkish handicrafts, such as ebru (paper marbling). The school rooms have been turned into studios, where artists work and sometimes hold... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A beautiful, cool retreat with fascinating artists' colony and friendly helpful staff. I loved visiting the Medresisi for lunch and chatting to the staff as I cooled off after exploring the Sultanamet area. Mostly locals frequented the cafe so no selfie sticks in evidence which I appreciated. If you find it make sure you keep the secret!

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Thank Deb S
Iloilo City, Iloilo City, Philippines
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

I love the structure of the place.. How it looks and where it is located seen nice. Apart from the explanations given to us by our guide and seeing some crafts there's nothing much to do.

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Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This was a nice little passage we walked through. There were shops, cafe and a restaurant. It was more like a u shape. You walk in one entrance come out another. Took some nice photos.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

i am visiting this place once a week just to have a nice "mantı" a traditinioal turkish food and turkish coffe afterwards to have a relaxing lunch. Staff behaves you like you know each other for ages, it is located right in the center of the old city, if you want to learn how to make some kind of art... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This old madrassah is a charming location, with not bad food from the center cafe. Sadly, there is really not much going on in the "craft" shops. I'd expected much more. A bit of handmade jewelry and that's about it. But on a summer day, it's a lovely place to sit and have a cold drink.

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We had a three course lunch here. The appetizer was local and delicious, the main course was not typical local food that I was expecting but it was and tasty, great atmosphere and friendly staff.

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Thank 348kay
New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

My party of 3 went there today for a bite to eat and the opportunity to view local handicrafts. It was a first time visit and can't tell you how much we enjoyed the meal and the art. The meal was delicious--a Turkish sampler and a Mediterranean salad was perfect. Turkish tea and coffee warmed us as the skies opened... More 

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