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Feb 15
Monday

Beyoğlu Öğretmenevi: The Teacher’s Lounge

Filed under Reviews (Drinks), Reviews (Eats)

School's out -- photo by Yigal Schleifer
Like Atatürk statues and crescent-and-star flags etched into the sides of mountains, the öğretmenevi (“teacher’s house”) is an integral part of the Turkish landscape. Found in almost every city in Turkey, these government-run institutions serve as affordable guesthouses for educators on the road and – since anyone is welcome if space is available – for those traveling on a teacher’s budget.

For the most part, these guesthouses are drab affairs, 1970s-era concrete boxes usually painted in a shade of pink and found in some of the least interesting parts of town. Not so in Istanbul’s historic Beyoğlu neighborhood, where the local öğretmenevi is a grand, late-19th-century building, formerly a French-built hotel that – just like the more famous Pera Palace Hotel nearby – put up travelers arriving on the Orient Express. Continue…

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12 responses - Posted 02.08.10
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no responses - Posted 02.05.10
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Çukur Meyhane: When Liver Met Hamsi
3 responses - Posted 01.25.10
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Wet Burgers: As Seen on TV!
3 responses - Posted 01.21.10
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Dürümzade: Wrap Artists (and Television Stars)
2 responses - Posted 01.19.10
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Sofyalı 9: Keeping it Real in Asmalımescit
3 responses - Posted 12.28.09
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Istanbul Eats Drinks: Otantik Türkü Bar
3 responses - Posted 12.21.09
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Ciğerimin Köşesi: New (Kebab) Kid on the Block
2 responses - Posted 12.16.09
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Istanbul Eats Drinks: Araf Cafe Bar
3 responses - Posted 12.11.09
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5 responses - Posted 12.04.09
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