We were just leaving the venerable Pera Palas hotel after an afternoon tea of such enormous, delicious proportions that I was fast heading into a sugar coma when I caught sight of an intriguing little shop across the road.
Dragging my protesting mother in my wake, I burst into Hersey Askatan, which turned out to be a tiny boutique selling lokum, Turkish Delight, wrapped and packaged with inimitable style, and various other pretty fripperies,
amongst which were these earrings. Which I bought. Clearly. I think they were about £22.
With roots in Istanbul’s confectionery trade dating back to 1870, and a grandmother with a store famous for baklava, the opening of Hersey Askatan was a natural progression for its owner.
Now it’s a brilliant place to pick up Turkish Delight treats to take home (fresh Turkish Delight, especially studded with pistachio nuts is a joy, quite, quite unlike the stale chewy stuff sold abroad. In particular I love how they take traditional Ottoman design motifs and reinterpret them for the 21st century. My earrings feel both traditional and modern simultaneously.
And just look at the lovely packaging. How could I not love a shop that slips chocolates into a bag containing earrings?
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