You are in Istanbul and you’re willing to look. So you really must know that there are loads of independent cafes out there — warm, cozy spaces that smell like heaven and are extra-special because they belong to you.
Well, basically… this list is an incredible celebration of those happy coffee spots where every barista knows your name, favorite mugs, preferred dessert option and so on.
Petra Roasting Co. is centrally located in Istanbul and is a hip and trendy coffee shop. The coffees here are made with love by the baristas as the beans themselves are hand-roasted.Come to this lively coffee shop for a morning latte and if you’re hungry, give one of their Turkish treats a try too.
Coffeetopia has quickly gained a superb reputation in Istanbul as a coffee shop that takes pride in their coffees. Their menu features a coffee excellence rating denoted by a colour-coded bean.
The excellent location in the heart of the historical tourist sites, makes this shop a worthwhile stop in Istanbul.
Geyik is one of the newer coffee shops in Istanbul and also doubles as a fantastic cocktail bar. This shop employs some of the best baristas who are friendly and are glad to make a drink recommendation.
To double your pleasure, have a Turkish coffee here (but don’t drink the coffee grinds at the bottom of your cup!) and follow that up with a cocktail at Geyik.
Coffee Department is another shop that has recently put roots down in Istanbul. Their mission is to serve great coffees and introduce and educate the locals about coffee with frequent workshops.
They make the best Flat Whites in Istanbul so give that a try while you’re here.