All his close relatives were born in the
160-year-old building where he now runs Café Fener, a hole-in-the-wall he
opened in 2013, where locals and travellers come to sip frothing Turkish coffee
and tap into the Wi-Fi.
entrance to the Süleymaniye Mosque is accessed from Professor Sıddık Sami Onar
Caddesi, formerly known as Tiryaki Çarşışı (Market of the Addicts).
buildings here once housed three medreses and a primary school;
they're now home to the Süleymaniye Library and a raft of popular
streetside fasulye (bean) restaurants that used to be teahouses
selling opium (hence the street's former name).
On the corner of Professor
Sıddık Sami Onar Caddesi and Şifahane Sokak is the darüşşifa, also
The still-functioning Süleymaniye
Hamamı is on the eastern side of the mosque.