Best Cafes in Istanbul Turkey
Istanbul is the Asian version of New York. Being the only city in the world that spans two continents, it is a true melting pot of cultures and flavors, and the urban energy is dynamic and absolutely energizing, just like NYC. Want to escape the maddening crowd at the Grand Bazaar or Blue Mosque? Then you must definitely check out the quirky cafe scene in hippie Beyoglu district in Istanbul!
Cihangir is Istanbul's trendiest neighborhood and artistic enclave, similar to SOHO in NYC. The bohemian culture draws artists, writers, actors and expats, and with that, a strong coffee/cafe/drinking scene is borned.
Cafe Firuz - for people watching
Defterdar Yokuşu 55, Firuzağa, Cihangir. Tel: (0212) 252 02 41
Cafe Firuz is located at the heart of Cihangir (Cihangir Square). With the floor-to-ceiling window panes and open dining space that is characteristic of European cafes, it is the best place to people watch. Turkish and Western breakfasts are available all day err day and you'd be crazy not to dig in to the homemade fresh jams with börek (Turkish bagel), meats, and cheese. It's a little pricy but that's the price to pay for being a hippie (45TL for 2).
Akarsu Caddesi 29, Cihangir. Tel: (0212) 244 24 66. All Day Breakfast from 9am - 5pm daily.
Palaska Sokak 1, courtyard of the Firuzağa Mosque, Cihangir. Tel: (0212) 244 46 37. Breakfast from 9 am - 2pm daily.
Plenty of organic produce for the taking right here at Idilika. Enjoy Aegean inspired food, alongside Turkish breakfasts with a twist under a canopy of vines. Greek staples such as sundried tomatoes, crushed olives, and homemade jams are common features here. The menemen (scrambled eggs) has also been enhanced with parsley, feta, potato and kaşar cheese. What's best? The unlimited provision of tea on weekends.
Galata is a lovely base for traveling in Istanbul in my opinion, It's not quite as quaint as Cihangir but it has its own charm. Dining options are plenty and western food is readily available. There's even the publicly listed Shake Shack burger joint (i didn't quite expect that). Explore those at your own convenience but i know you want something special. Here's a list of interesting cafes to check out in Galata!
Meşrutiyet Cad. No:64 Kordova Apt. Şişhane, Istanbul, Şişhane, Beyoğlu. Tel: (0212) 244 88 35
I could smell the Brooklyn in this establishment when i saw it. Wolf Junior is the international sister restaurant of Waffle and Wolf in Brooklyn and it seems like the owners have transported a piece of Brooklyn over. American food dominate the menu with waffles sandwiches and mac & cheese. Gluten free options are available here. Head down to Wolf Junior for breakfast, brunch and dinner (if you take breakfasts for dinner). They also do meat and seafood mains at night.
Sntrl Dükkan - a multipurpose design cafe
Enjoy the well designed library-like space as you dig into heartier options provided by Sntrl. Boys do not have to fear going hungry with popular (and heartier) options such as Club Sandwich, Spanish hamburger, or even if you fancy a grilled steak for breakfast. Eggs Benedict is recommended here if you must have eggs. Swedish coffee is served here.
LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST. MY ABSOLUTE LOVE.
Enjoy the view of Galata Tower while dining at Privato Cafe. This is definitely my favorite cafe in Istanbul! Please please do visit them.