Whether you just finished a great meal, or just want to enjoy a dessert, few things can make you happy as fast as chocolate. But a simple chocolate bar does not always do the trick. You may crave better and bigger portions of chocolate. And if you are visiting Istanbul anytime soon, this city has the perfect chocolate shops to meet your chocolate needs: Willy Wonka Istanbul. With its 3 branches in 3 central districts of Istanbul, these chocolate shops have the perfect chocolate-based desserts to satisfy your cravings.
Willy Wonka Istanbul Menu
All 3 of the Bonne Nuit & Willy Wonka shops in Istanbul have the same menu. It has many options ranging from chocolate-based desserts to actual board games played with chocolates.
If you want to open up with a non-sweet option, you can take a look at the Croissant Sandwich section, which includes many delicious options like Reve Americain, Croissant Mediterranean, Croissant Anglais, Fumée – Trois fromages and Croissant au Lotus.
A very interesting highlight of the menu is the Fabrika (means “Factory” in Turkish), a board game played with pawns, a dice and small cups of chocolates placed on different squares on the board. Each player chooses a pawn and puts it on the starting point. They each roll the dice and the player that rolls the highest number starts. Each player advances their pawn as they roll the dice. When their pawn comes on a square with a chocolate, they have to eat that one. When they come to the end, they start again until the last chocolate is eaten.
Le Petit Dejeuner, which is a 2-person French breakfast, is another great part of the menu. It has 2 plain croissants, 2 croissant sandwiches, Lotus cream, sweetened condensed milk, Belgium chocolate, marmalade, caramel, and 2 cups of tea or coffee.
On top of the chocolates on balloons, Ferris wheels, and in the shape of different volcanoes or planets, you can also drink various cold and hot drinks like hot chocolate, black coffee, latte, cappuccino, americano, espresso, tea, Turkish coffee, milk, iced latte, soda, ice tea and more.
Who is Willy Wonka?
The themes of the Bonne Nuit & Willy Wonka shops in Istanbul are based on the famous author Roald Dahl's children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, written in 1964. Based on the flamboyant designs of the chocolates in Bonne Nuit & Willy Wonka shops in Istanbul, it is safe to say that they took great inspiration from the movie adaptations of the novels, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory from 1971 and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from 2005. In both the books and the movies, Willy Wonka is the odd owner of the mysterious Wonka Chocolate Factory.
How to Go to the Willy Wonka Istanbul
As we said before, there are actually 3 Bonne Nuit & Willy Wonka branches in Istanbul. To go to the Willy Wonka Galata, your easiest option is to use the M2 Yenikapi – Haciosman metro line and get off at the Sishane stop. After that, the shop is just a 5-minute walk away. To come here from the Asian side, use the Marmaray to go to the Yenikapi station and transfer to M2 Yenikapi – Haciosman metro line there.
Willy Wonka Karakoy, on the other hand, is located in the Karakoy neighborhood of the Beyoglu district. Just like the Galata branch, you can take the M2 Yenikapi – Haciosman metro line to the Sishane stop, but the walking distance will be longer. You can also get on the many yellow IETT buses that go to the Kemeralti stop, like the 26, 26A, 26B, 28, 28T, 30D, 70D and 70KE numbered buses. Alternatively, you can use the T1 Kabatas – Bagcilar tramway line to go to the Karakoy stop and walk for 10 minutes from there. From Taksim, you can use the Tunel (Beyoglu – Karakoy funicular line) to go to the Karakoy neighborhood. From the Asian side, you can take the ferries that go to the Karakoy pier from Uskudar and Kadikoy piers.
Willy Wonka Kadikoy is the branch in the Asian side, located close to the Kadikoy pier. From the European side, you can take the Marmaray to the Ayrilik Cesmesi stop and transfer to Kadikoy – Tavsantepe metro line there. Then, get off at the Kadikoy stop and either walk to the shop for 10 minutes while enjoying the lively streets of Kadikoy or take the T3 Kadikoy – Moda tramway line and get off at the Moda Ilkokulu stop. If you want to enjoy the views of the Bosphorus, you can also take ferries to the Kadikoy pier from Eminonu, Karakoy or Besiktas. If you are already in the Asian side, you can either take the Kadikoy – Tavsantepe metro line to the Kadikoy stop directly if you are near one of the stops, or use IETT buses like 13Y, 14A, 14DK, 14M, 15BK, 15F, 16D, 19E, 19T and 20E to the Kadikoy stop and get on the tramway there.
Willy Wonka Istanbul working hours are between 9 AM – 10 PM every day of the week.
Other Attractions Near Willy Wonka Istanbul
All 3 Bonne Nuit & Willy Wonka branches have many other great spots around them. After visiting the one in the Galata, you can take a walk in Beyoglu and explore the heart of the city. Visit the famous Galata Tower and climb it to see one of the most beautiful sceneries in the city. Or go to the Madame Tussauds Istanbul to see more than 60 extremely detailed wax models of both local and international celebrities, historical figures and other famous people. Another great place to visit in Beyoglu is the Pera Museum, which is one of the best contemporary art museums in the city. It also has an educational program for kids called Pera Learning and a program with regular screenings of both classical and experimental cinema, called the Pera Film.
The Karakoy branch is close to the historical peninsula of the Fatih district, so you can just hop on the T1 Kabatas – Bagcilar tramway line and go to the Sultanahmet to experience the best attractions in Istanbul.