Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi Selim Usta
Sultanahmet Koftecisi is a historical meatball place in Fatih district. It has been serving for four generations, originated in 1920. Its’ well-known meatballs are favorite of Istanbul citizens and tourists for years, their modesty, tenacity, respect and love add up to an amazing place to eat. Although its popular names’ alterations are being used by another restaurant, these imitation tactics do not overshadow the tasty history of Sultanahmet Koftecisi. With tradition and culture, it holds in its remarkable history, this offers more than the classical meatball taste. It is in the heart of Istanbul, which makes it possible for you to discover other secrets of the city easily.
While you are at the old city, we recommend that you take a look at our Istanbul old city tour, you have an unique opportunity to comprehend lifestyle of Ottoman Period. Moreover, you will be informed on history of the Byzantine Empire, which will connect the story of Istanbul. The tour starts with Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races and occasional festivals were organized during Roman and Byzantine period. Then we will visit Blue Mosque, the iconic Ottoman mosque with 6 minarets. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during reign of Ahmed I, and consists the symbolic tomb of him, a madrasa and a hospice. It is still actively used as a Mosque today, allowing you to pray in the same place where countless Sultans have prayed for hundreds of years. Next we will see the German fountain, gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2 to Sultan Abdulhamid II. Then, we will visit Hagia Sophia, which is also known as the Church of Divine Wisdom, served as a church for Byzantines for 916 years until Fatih the conqueror conquered Istanbul, he converted this magnificent building into a mosque and it served as a mosque for 482, until Ataturk and the council decided to convert it into a museum in 1935. Before lunch break at a local Turkish restaurant, we will visit Grand Bazaar, where we will explore examples of Turkish handcrafted products ranging from carpets to leather jacket and many souvenirs.
After lunch break, our tour will continue with visit to Topkapi Palace. Topkapi Palace is one of the most visited museums of Istanbul and it contains many collections such as Imperial Treasury, where you will encounter couple of most beautiful jewelries of the world, portraits of the Sultans, Holy relics, silverware and glassware from Byzantine, Ottoman empire and many gifted silverware from all around the world. Our next stop is the outside of Hagia Irene Church, located in the outer courtyard of the Topkapi Palace. The tour ends with visit to Caferaga Medresseh, which was built in 1559 by world known architect Mimar Sinan on the orders of Cafer Aga, during the period of Suleiman the Magnificent, and lastly we will walk around Sogukcesme street, a historic street in Blue Mosque neighborhood, a car free zone with beautiful historic houses.
You should also know that when you come to or leaving Istanbul, whether to Sabiha Gokcenor Istanbul Airport, we can provide you with our transfer services. Istanbul`s beauty also comes from its size, but from time to time this can be a problem. With our airport services, you will be able to program your schedule effectively and with comfort. This transportation service can be provided for maximum 5 people on one vehicle. Our transferman will reach to the airport prior to your landing and will arrive to your pick-up location to ensure you reach the airport in enough time to arrange your flight procedures. Don’t forget to use our Istanbul unlimited internet service to keep your communication with the online World alive! You know how hard life can become these days without always having the internet to guide you through your visits, we are here for you to solve this problem too!
Food culture is an important part of the cultural heritage of Istanbul. Our nations tasty dishes are well known by everyone and it goes hand to hand with our lifestyle. Sultanahmet Koftecisi sets a fine example of our cuisine. Apart from Istanbuls’ story, story of the Sultanahmet Koftecisi alone is worthy of trying it out.