Best working and studying spaces in Istanbul
While often it is a treat to work at home in your pajamas, sometimes it is difficult to be inspired locked up inside, distracted by housework and cats. Istanbul, with its large population of freelancers and students, has got you covered. Choose your ideal spot to work away among all the co-working spaces, cafes, and libraries in the city.

By Rosa Wild

For co-workers

Workinton provides professional and comfortable workspaces around the city. Hourly memberships are available to give you the flexibility to use their facilities as much as you need. Top marks for convenience, although it is a less social atmosphere than other options. For more information see

As much a playground and retreat as an office space, Kolektif House is full of fun quirks—swings, mini golf, and meditation spaces just to name a few—but it is also a community where serious work is done. Aimed at Turkey’s startup ecosystem, Kolektif House offers mentoring programs to nurture new projects, as well as regular activities for mind, body, spirit, and business. Major corporate players also have small outposts here. Monthly memberships start at 690 TL (lists are often full), with higher rates for fixed desk or office rentals. For more information see

Smaller and more relaxed, Olmadik Projeler is a haven for crafters and designers. At street level it is a friendly cafe with big shared desks; downstairs you will find a workshop with bright lighting and various crafting tools. A community of artisans is based here and their work is available for purchase. Membership in advance is not necessary to use the space. Hızır Çavuş Mescidi Sokak No.40, Balat;


Hidden away among factories, Habita’s warehouse space is bright and buzzing, attracting a young crowd of designers, architects, and digital entrepreneurs. There are regular talks ranging from women in technology to astrology, as well as also a lot of greenery and even a small nap space. Monthly membership is required, with fixed desks or flexible spaces available. Ulubaş Caddesi No.23, Yeşilce;

Another surprise in an unlikely location, the casual and slightly chaotic but beautiful Kubbe recently opened on the roof of one of the copper hans. It is an oddball option, halfway between workspace and touristy souvenir shop, but the extraordinary city views, historic architecture, and cute cats make it worth it. Use of the space is by donation for individuals, or buy a small souvenir from the shop; groups should arrange ahead. Note also bathrooms are limited to public toilets outside. Nasuhiye Sokak No.19/1, Fatih;

A creative hub rather than a co-working space, ATÖLYE serves as a base for a network of innovators collaborating on a variety of projects. Aimed toward those wanting to contribute to a diverse working community instead of those looking for just a desk and coffee, it is a beautiful industrial-chic space and includes a well-equipped prototyping lab and events venue. Membership is a lengthy process as you will be expected to show you are a good fit; get in touch for further information. For more information see

Kollektif House

For book lovers

Housed in a beautifully restored bank building, SALT Galata includes an art gallery and theater. For quiet work or study, there is a well-stocked library, while the pleasant cafe is perfect for more social work. Bankalar Caddesi No.11, Galata;

For serious quiet work 24 hours a day, the Atatürk Library stays open around the clock and boasts glorious views over the Bosphorus from many of its desks. Miralay Şefikbey Sokak No.6, Gumuşsuyu;

If you are not the type to be distracted too much by books, the creative independent Minoa bookstore cafe offers a comfortable workspace with a lovely courtyard for warmer days. Süleyman Seba Caddesi No.52/A Beşiktaş

For caffeine addicts

Worth it for the gorgeous design, Karabatak is one of Karaköy’s original cafes and boasts a lovely location on a quiet shaded backstreet. Kara Ali Kaptan Sokak No.7 Karaköy

The sunny glassed-in garden at Lumiere offers the chance to work in natural light whatever the weather. With a wide range of Turkish and international food, the place is perfect for a working brunch, too. Ağa Külhanı Sokak No.7 Cihangir

Airy and with big desks for work or relaxing spots in the window for people watching, 1Kahve spills out onto the street and offers lovely teas and cakes along with the usual coffee options. Bakraç Sokak No.19 Cihangir

Hip decor, fast Wifi, and an inventive range of coffees keep Federal buzzing at all times. Küçük Hendek Caddesi No.7 Galata

A cafe-restaurant that also serves as a crafts workshop and boutique, Mavra is a comfy hideaway ideal for creatives. Serdar-ı Ekrem Caddesi No.31/A Galata

A soothing, simple spot full of greenery, Muz doubles as a boutique for plants and funky jewelry. Great brownies too. Hayriye Caddesi No.18/A, Beyoğlu

With its first floor location and breezy balcony, Montag Coffee Roastery offers perfect people-watching breaks and a relaxed atmosphere. Muvakkithane Caddesi No.16, Kadıköy

Montag Coffee Roastery