Photographer's Note

Taking the cable car from Eyüp we got to a beautiful terrace where from there was a breathtaking view on the Golden Horn and on the city below and in the distance. After taking photos from the lookout turret we took a rest in the nearby Pierre Loti Café. The view was more intereting from there with the people drinking tea and refreshing drinks.
If you have good eyes, you may find the Topkapi Palace on the very left side of the picture and the Hagia Sophia not far from it a bit to the right.
It was a hot summer afternoon and I warmed up the colous a bit to picture it.

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Pierre Loti Cafe
How about drinking a cup of foamy Turkish coffee and smoking nargile against the picturesque view of the Golden Horn? Then we invite you to Piyerloti, one of the most special places in İstanbul.
Pierre Loti Cafe, named after the famous French novelist and marine attaché of the same name, is the best place from which to view the Golden Horn.
Leaving from the neighborhood of Eyüp, you can reach the cafe either by car or by walking uphill on a footpath through a cemetery. However, we recommend that you use the cable car—you will certainly enjoy the two-minute journey.
If you want to enjoy a lovely view while drinking a frothy cup of Turkish coffee, a small, clear glass of tea, or smoking a traditional nargile (water pipe or hookah), you won’t find a more suitable spot than Pierre Loti. The cafe consists of a stone terrace decorated in traditional Turkish motifs, and sits facing the Golden Horn on the hills of Eyüp.
Postcards, gifts, and books are sold in another section of the cafe. Furthermore, behind the cafe, there is a separate complex of other cafes, restaurants, and hotels designed in the style of old Istanbul houses.
Who was Pierre Loti?
Pierre Loti was a French writer who lived from 1850 to 1923, whose actual name was Louis Marie Julien Viaud. When he resided in Istanbul, one of his most frequent haunts was this cafe, which was then known as “Rabia Kadın Coffeehouse”.
He is said to have been particularly fond of smoking nargile. In honor of the fact that he frequented the cafe, it was rechristened as “Pierre Loti”, and
continues to carry this name today.


Istanbul by bike 2008

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