The Lee Sung Dang bakery opened back in 1945 and is much sort after by people nation wide. Bus loads of people queue up for a treat from the renowned bakers. This happens during the week and of course is at peak on weekends. Whenever you go by, there’s a massive line inside which often spills out onto the pavement.
Luckily, being a teacher in SK, we were often treated by parents who would turn up producing cakes, cookies and rice breads on Teachers’ Day or just to say thanks. One of my favourite memories of going here was after a night out. Somehow we ended up at the Jinpo Marine Park around 6am. It’s located about a 5 minute walk from the bakery. After some cheeky exploring there, the grand idea to head over there was executed.
We were among the first handful of people there. The smell of freshly baked goods, the sight of all the shapes, colours and flavours…. It was difficult to choose. That’ll probably be your biggest problem here! The red bean mandu are popular, as well as other red bean laced items. I am not a fan, at all. If you’re not too, there’s more than enough there to please your taste buds. There are lots of great bakeries around town so when you go here, in my opinion it’s really to say you’ve been there. Check it off your list and enjoy! It was pretty cool to say the oldest bakery in the country was in my city 🙂
P.S. I mention in the interview that I have started a group on Facebook called The Wandering Pier. I’ll be writing a full post on that development soon. In the mean time feel free to come over & join our travel/expat convos! You can also check out the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/thewanderingpier
This is right up there as one of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed in. It lives up to the pictures on their website and other people’s reviews.
The decor is new, modern and chic. The ground floor lounge area is good for relaxing, waiting for friends or making new ones. The computer room is also down there. Chatting with staff at the reception desk was nice. All the staff members I encountered there were friendly and helpful. They advised on places to go and things to see. The hostel also puts on its own events in the rooftop bar.
Ah, the rooftop bar. It offers a lovely view of the surrounding city. You can hangout inside or outside. There are games to keep you busy, if the bar and free wifi don’t do that. It’s also here you have their excellent €5 all you can eat buffet breakfast. You should try it at least once. There’s coffee, tea and juice. Yogurt, cereal, jams and fresh fruit. Cheeses, cold meats, salad, boiled eggs, special yummy scrambled eggs, bread…*whew*…and more!
I stayed in a 4 bed mixed dorm. It was tight, but sufficient. Equipped with lockers which you secured with your own code on the keypad. The beds were comfortable and the sheets even felt nice!
Okay, here are some things that were not so good. A couple of the nights I was there it got quite noisy 3/4am. I always have my earplugs so that was okay for me. Wifi in my room on the second floor was temperamental, so I’d have to go outside of my room or downstairs to get connected. The toilets – where you sit is square, which looks quite fancy, but not the most comfortable. There wasn’t soap in the toilet closest to my room for about 3 days. The price of drinks in the bar are as pricey as anywhere in the centre. We were recommended a restaurant around the corner that basically ripped us off. We spoke to a staff member about it when we returned and she said she’d inform the manager.
Some of those aren’t a huge deal and as I mentioned it is definitely one of the nicest hostels I’ve stayed in. I would stay here again and would recommend it to anyone, I just wanted to give a heads up about those points. Have a great time in Istanbul. It’s a wonderful city to visit.