Coffee shops don’t always encourage one to linger when you’re hoping to work, or just want a comfortable spot to read a book. Here are our picks for the best spots to sip a cup of Joe and spend time getting down to business.
Tea or Coffee
Located in the heart of Cihangir, Tea or Coffee lives up to its name, serving a wide range of teas and infusions, along with many types of coffee - from luscious whipped cream espresso (espresso con panna) and the delicious trendy matcha latte to traditional Turkish coffee with sweet mastic (damla sakızlı kahve). Everything comes with dried fruit, in case you are a little hungry for some munchies. For a quick, healthy snack or to recover from a long night out, choose an energizing or vitamin-loaded smoothie. Open Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. Oba Sokak No. 17A, Cihangir; T: 0535 411 08 07.
It may be down a dark passageway, but this place serves good coffee and is a welcome escape from the busy main street of Bebek. Take a book, order a slice of cake or a sandwich, and sit awhile. If you need to stretch your legs, remember the shop is near the Bosphorus, where you can easily go for a long, contemplative walk. Küçük Bebek Caddesi No. 4, Bebek. T: 0544 732 18 86
Conveniently located en route from the Kadıköy ferry to the streets of Moda, Kropka serves excellent coffee and homemade desserts along with the perfect music. The Oreo Cup is definitely a must! It’s also a cycling-enthusiasts’ spot, with cycling magazines stacked on the shelves and always a couple of bicycles parked outside. Moda Caddesi No. 57/C, Kadıköy. T: 0506 481 49 59
Along the quiet streets of Balat you’ll find plenty of old Turkish coffee spots and a couple of new trendy cafes, but we think that the place to go is Coffee Department. You can’t beat the calm atmosphere and the perfectly prepared third-wave coffee. Not to mention their flourless brownies. A Perfect spot to read a book or to get your work done. Kürkçüçesmesi Sokak No. 5, Balat.
T: 0532 441 66 63
Kurtuluş is a neighborhood of hidden secrets and local know-how, and Marika fits right in. On a nondescript street you’ll find this pretty café crowded with people, laptops, books, and mugs. It has the flair of a place run by people who really love their coffee. Avocado and eggs or cheese with pesto toasts are served as well as varieties of vegan desserts. Seymen Sokak No. 34, Kurtuluş.
T: (0212) 224 3432
This coffeeshop could easily be called the ultimate of “third wave Turkish coffee.” Ideal for those who are not attracted to the traditional bitterness of the average brew, Kronotrop is also a great place to relax and read a book on your weekend. Open Mon-Sat 7.30am-9pm, Sun 10am-9pm. Firuzağa Camii Sokak No. 2/B, Cihangir; T: (0212) 249 92 71
But First Coffee
With an outdoor seating area larger than those in many other cafés in the neighborhood, on sunny days this place turns into a popular local hangout. On weekdays, the large wooden table in the center invites freelancers to set up their remote work stations around it. Don’t forget to ask the barista to draw a teddy bear on your coffee. Feriköy Fırın Sokak, Bomonti Extensa Apartman No. 5/9B, Şişli. T: (0212) 219 04 42, butfirstcoffee.com.tr