Located between Tarabya and Sarıyer, Kireçburnu is an old neighborhood by the European side of the Bosphorus. It belongs to the Sarıyer district. Meaning “lime foreland” in Turkish, the neighborhood got its name from the lime kilns that lays in this area. The lime used in the construction of Rumeli Fortress was taken from the lime kilns here.
A laid back Bosphorus shore neighborhood, Kireçburnu is a small fisherman district and known with its fish restaurants. There is a historical fish restaurant, which is in business since 1920, called Tarihi Ali Baba Balık Restoranı.
This small neighborhood with a splendid view, hosts a small bakery at Haydar Aliyev Street, number 21 since 1957. Named Tarihi Kireçburnu Fırını, this historical bakery’s long story began at Çamlıhemşin, a small town at the mountains of the Black Sea. Çamlıhemşin’s people migrated because of unemployment and economic reasons. Most of them went to Russia and learned the baking business there. When they turned back, they started their own bakeries. It’s a known fact that most of the famous bakeries today are running by people from Çamlıhemşin.
The two brothers from Çamlıhemşin, migrated to Istanbul and worked at bakeries. After a while they began their own business. They started to bake pides, breads, pogaca and boreks. With the suggestions and advices from the Greek, Armenian and Jewish residents who live in the neighborhood, the bakery enhance the choices to local and traditional tastes such as sweet yeast breads, baklavas and cracker sticks. A nice stop for breakfast, tea time or snak, the variety of baked goods can easily make you feel lost in this small shop. Our advice for must taste are almond cookies, un kurabiyesi (Turkish shortbread, a cookie type) and crispy crackers.