Tourism in Turkey: what are the best cafes in the city?
Would you like to enjoy Turkish coffee while taking in the sights of Istanbul during your trip? Check out our post with a list of some of the main establishments:
– Şark Kahvesi
Şark Kahvesi is a true classic in Istanbul and has been operating for over half a century in the historic Grand Bazaar. Once a stronghold of the esnafs (artisans) of the bazaar, it is now an important point for tourists. The interior is nostalgic, with wooden tables and chairs, colorful Anatolian tablecloths, antiques, and black and white photos.
The coffee here is cooked over a sand fire and brass cezve pots. Located on one of the busiest streets in the Grand Bazaar, this cafe is a perfect place to people watch and relax with a cappuccino and Turkish delight before continuing to explore the shops.
Address: No: 134 Yağlıkçılar Sokak, Istanbul, 34126
– Bebek Kahve
Bebek Kahve is a charming cafeteria located close to the waterfront in the upscale neighborhood of Bebek. Offering unparalleled views of the Bosphorus, this café has attracted many regular customers during its 65 years.
The quality of the coffee and the privileged location mean that you can even see a Turkish celebrity here from time to time. With wooden chairs and simple decor, this cafeteria has a relaxed style, although prices are more expensive. Order some eggs and crepes for breakfast, before relaxing with a cup of coffee to enjoy the view.
Address: 20 Cevdet Paşa Caddesi, Istanbul, 34342
– Fazıl Bey’s Turkish Coffee
The coffee served at Fazil Bey offers a traditional experience to tourists. Operating since 1923, the popular store is one of the oldest in the city. The cozy two-story space has shiny, antique coffee machines that grind and roast your special brand. Playing music that captures the essence of Turkish folk music, this café serves a wide selection of flavors, including more experimental options with mastic or cardamom.
Address: 1 / A Serasker Caddesi, Istanbul, 34710
– Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi
As you pass the Spice Bazaar in Eminönü, you will smell the freshly brewed coffee coming from one of the streets on the corner. It was here that Mehmet Efendi started selling roasted coffee beans after inheriting his father’s store in 1871 – a legacy that continues today. Watch the staff pour hot coffee in paper cups behind the window as you wait for your delicious authentic Turkish coffee.
Address: 66 Tahmis Sokak, Istanbul, 34116
Located on a narrow side street in Beyoğlu, Mandabatmaz maintains its long-standing reputation as a popular place in Istanbul to enjoy a cup of authentic Turkish coffee. Inside, the open kitchen allows an exquisite fragrance to fill the small shop all the time. The technique of brewing characteristic of coffee, which consists of adding hot water to the pot instead of cold, has been practiced since 1967.
Address: 1 / A Olivya Geçidi, Istanbul, 34430.
– Pierre Loti Café
Named after 18th-century French poet and writer Pierre Loti – an Istanbul lover who lived in the Eyüp district – this cafeteria sits on top of a hill with wonderful views of Sarayburnu and the Golden Horn. The team here wears traditional Ottoman clothing and serves coffee in ornate cups. The open area on the hill outside the cafe, which can accommodate up to 1,400 people, is a favorite with tourists, especially in the summer months.
Address: İdris Köşkü Caddesi, Istanbul, 34050.
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