Sweet, sweeter, Mustafa. I can only agree with mrsfox. You shouldn't miss this popular pastry shop in Sultanahmet (close to Sirkeci train station) which will give you a profound introduction into the world of turkish sweets.
It's a fun place to try. I think it's a bit overrated, but a good place to try out a lot of Turkish desserts. We had (upstairs) a pistachio and chocolate pudding, some non-sweet pastery with cheese and Turkish coffee. I was not blown away by what we had. I guess I felt the pudding was a bit too artificial and then our waiter obviously found very hard to communicate with us. I don't mind poor English skills, pointing and hand guestures will do, but this one just didn't work.
One of the more dignified sweet shops in Istanbul and one of the most famous with a huge choice of different delights - that is what they call it and what it is. The clever marketing - and everybody mentions this - is the opportunity to test some sweets when you enter the door. The people there are very friendly but a bit intrusive. You can sit upstairs with a moderate view. When you order drinks stay classical (tea, apple tea, Turkish coffee) and use the chance to test different things, because many deserts are Turkish standards and here you can get them at very good quality (so you will always know how it should taste). I bet there are better places in this huge city but for everybody coming for a visit it is a must-try at the beginning. But you will see the little shops you will discover secretly will give you even more delight than this place that gets a bit boring under the solicitous care for a plain high level.
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