The Pudding Shop

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What is the Pudding Shop?

What is the Pudding Shop?

Istanbul the bridge from Europe to Asia and for centuries the great meeting point for travellers and traders alike. When overland travel really started to increase in the 1960’s, many adventurous souls made what was then a more rugged trip, the great overland trek from Europe to Australasia (or visa versa) via the Middle East, India, Nepal and South East Asia. A small restaurant in the centre of Istanbul soon became a favourite meeting place, not only for coffee and food (puddings what else), but to pin your travel related message on the wall for other travelers to see. Here was the place to find a travel companion for the longest and hardest section of the journey, someone to share the costs and thrill with. Some travellers arrived with vans or old buses and this is where they found other travellers to join them. Over many cups of local coffee, or tea you could find the latest information from someone who had just arrived from the other direction.

Pre-dating another famous travellers information icon, the Thorn Tree Café in Nairobi (established in 1961), Idris Copan and his brother Namik opened Lale Pastahanesi in 1957. At this time The Pudding Shop was the only place in the area the adventurous could get direct transport to Asia and tourist information on Turkey

The tourists made The Pudding Shop famous, using it as a meeting and message center. Idris Çolpan explained that "pilgrims" travelling East, often driving old cars or Volkswagen vans, would stop at his restaurant to meet new acquaintances and find other travellers with whom to share expenses and experiences. The Çolpan brothers put up a bulletin board to handle all the messages from people offering or hitching riders to Europe or the Far East

The restaurant still exists to this day, but no longer functions as it did in the past. However, the name lingers on as a true icon of a place to meet travellers and learn from their experiences. The original notice board is preserved and is the first true 'Travelers Blog'.

So, sit back with your own cup of coffee or tea if you have it put on a CD of Turkish music and let you keyboard take you to the world via our PUDDING SHOP.

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Famous notice board of old

Restaurant today


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