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Hacı Bekir Kadıköy

Osmanağa Mah., Muvakkithane Sokak No 6/A, Kadıköy , Istanbul

The Anatolian side branch of the venerable confectioner stocks the amazing lokum (Turkish delight) and akide that was once the sultans’ favourite. The cinnamon, rose, orange, lemon and mastic-flavoured akide that were sent to the palace are still bestsellers today, and bergamot, pineapple, hazelnut and cocoa have been added to reflect modern tastes, while lokum is a perennial favourite.

There’s no right or wrong time to enjoy sweets, especially from a shop like this. Whatever time of day you visit, grab a box of lokum and nibble on it while you weave the streets to Moda Caddesi and explore the neighbourhood. Or take it to one of the tea gardens in Moda: one is overlooking the Bosphorus on Ferit Tek Sokak and one has views of the Moda Bay (at the end of the cul-de-sac on Şair Nefi Sokak). Or if going back to the European side after lunch at Ekspres Inegöl Köftecisi or dinner at Çiya, grab a box and enjoy on the ferry ride with a cup of çay.

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