When we look at the literary history of the Turks, the literature has always been respected.The masters who sometimes touch on individual feelings, sometimes to social problems, sometimes produce works under the influence of foreign languages and currents, and sometimes descend to the essence of Turkish, have been an indispensable part of history.
The culture is shaped by literature writers, the language spreads with them, the dream becomes beautiful with them, and love is lived with them. Turkish Literature always has an important place in our hearts. Perspectives on life, dreams, reproaches, loves; It finds its place in the deepest feels.
Everything that concerns literature is part of the conversation of literary writers. Everything they talk and discuss in those places appears in the texts they write.
Of course, when these romantic and naive spirits liked a place, they wouldn’t easily leave that place. Since their long conversations, naive spirits, and aesthetic concerns can find their answers in certain places, once they found the place they were looking for, they could not have left that place again.
Meserret Coffee; Located at the corner of Ankara and Ebusuud streets in Sirkeci, it was a frequent destination for writers and journalists. Among the regulars of the coffee opened in the early 1900s were writers such as Yaşar Kemal, Orhan Kemal, Sait Faik, Edip Cansever, Melih Cevdet Anday, Muzaffer Buyrukçu, Mehmet Rauf, Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil and Necip Fazıl.
When Orhan Kemal begins his many works at Meserret Kahvesi, he talks about the place as follows: “Meserret is the starting point of trying to extract my bread from Bâb-ı Ali”.
Hazzo Pulo Passage always has a different significance for literature lovers. The coffeehouse in this passage has been the place where literature has flourished throughout history. The fact that Ahmet Mithat Efendi has a printing house just above the passage constitutes an important place in this case. In Istanbul, where there are few printing houses, this printing house in Hazzo Pulo becomes the production hall of Tanzimat Literature. Literary writers such as the national poet Namık Kemal, Recaizade Mahmut Ekrem and Ahmet Haşim used to visit here every day. Almost all the Tanzimat scriptures come out of this passage.
The coffeehouse here is the meeting point of literary figures. Hazzo Pulo Passage has hosted businesses such as hairdressers, carpet shops, hat makers and tailors throughout its history. Namık Kemal printed the İbret newspaper in the printing house located in HazzoPulo Passage.
Agatha Christie, the world-famous crime novel writer, visited Istanbul frequently between 1926-1932. It is rumored that the author made the works of his famous novel “Murder on the Express of the East” in room 411.
Ernest Hemingway, one of the world-renowned writers, was also a lover of Istanbul! The famous writer was staying at the Pera Palace Hotel during his Istanbul visits in the 1920s. During his stay at the hotel, he often spent time in the hotel bar.
The Swedish actress Greta Garbo, who made her name known to the whole world as the “Ice Queen”, came to Istanbul for the first time in 1924 for a film project. He stayed for 50 days in room 103 in the Pera Palace Hotel.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic, stayed at Pera Palace Hotel. Room 101 is known as the room where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk stayed during his visits to Pera Palace Hotel. During the most critical periods, he took decisions that were of great importance to the country during his work here.
Yaşar Kemal, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Ahmet Haşim, Orhan Kemal, Nurer Uğurlu, Rıfat Ilgaz, Behçet Necatigil, Musa Anter, Edip Cansever …
Who are the best writers in Turkey? The question is usually answered with one of the names we have listed above. İkbal Kahvesi is a place where these artists, which excite people even when their names are used one after the other, are lined up one after another. It was the place where they met in the morning and watched Istanbul awaken. This coffeehouse has an important place in the daily life of writers; It has a special importance for Orhan Kemal. “İkbal Kahvesi, which he calls Kahvetül-İkbal, is like Orhan Kemal’s second house.
For this reason, Orhan Kemal is often mentioned with İkbal Kahvesi. In fact, the name of a book that tells about his biography is: Orhan Kemal’s İkbal Kahvesi. This book was written by his friend Nurer Uğurlu, who knew him well. Another detail that reflects the importance of the coffeehouse for Orhan Kemal is the place opened by his son Işık Öğütçü with the same name. Even though İkbal Coffee, which was frequented by writers, was closed in 1960, Orhan Kemal’s son took action to keep this spirit alive.
Patisseries, formerly known as pudding shops, have an important place in nostalgia. Baylan Pastanesi is the most famous of them. Baylan Pastanesi in Beyoğlu; It hosted the most important writers of Turkish Literature as well as the lovers and young people.
The Baylan Pastanesi has an important place in the history of Turkish literature. The Baylan Pastanesi, where many writers, poets, painters, caricaturists and theater writers spend time, especially in the 1950s and 1960s, stands out as a place of meeting and discussion. Baylan Pastanesi regulars include writers such as Atillâ İlhan, Oktay Akbal, Behçet Necatigil, Orhan Duru, Ahmet Oktay, Ferit Edgü, Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlar, Haldun Taner, Cemal Süreya, Salâh Birsel, Peyami Safa, Orhan Kemal, Fethi Naci..