ADA Café & Bookstore

  Ada (which means “island” in turkish) is known for it’s extensive collection of books and music, but relocated to the Istiklal Street in Beoglu, and now not only has a fully stocked bar but is also drawing in crowds with it’s great kitchen serving food all day long. It has super friendly service and…

Ara Café – a nice break from hustling Istiklal

The cozy Ara Café is situated below the atelier of turkey’s most significant photographer- Ara Güler. It is situated in a narrow side street of the bustling Istiklal and is a welcome relaxing break from the shopping masses. All photographs on the walls and placemats are designed by Ara himself, and their menu is Mediterranean- Turkish…

Nikol Galata – Chocolate, candles & more $$$

This café-store on Serdar-ı Ekrem (our favourite street in the stylish Galata area) is a combined cosy café and concept store selling selected items. With the dim lighting, the jazz music in the background and their elegant but warm interior it makes you feel like sitting in a friend’s living room and lets you lose…

Ops Café Karakoy – breakfast in living room- atmosphere $$

Named after the Roman goddess of plenty, Ops Café is located at the back entrance of the French passage in Karakoy. They serve a variety of dishes ranging from breakfast, wraps, daily changing soups to risotto and pasta. They have also a selection of homemade cookies and lemonade. They are known for their Albanian breakfast…

Social Cihangir – cozy café and wine bar $$

Located in a 120 year-old building on the most frequented street in Cihangir lies one of the cosiest places in town: Social Cihangir- a great breakfast, lunch and dinner café and lounge. The interior is done in a way that makes you want to sit down and not leave for hours – stylish yet at…