Some of the best time we spent in Istanbul were just hanging out at cafes. Other than The House cafes, here are other notable places we went to:
The cafe at the Istanbul Modern Museum has an amazing view of the skyline of old town Istanbul. We spent a long time chilling there, sketching and reading. The tiramisu was surprisingly good!
Istanbul Modern Museum
Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, Liman Isletmeleri Sahasi 305, Antrepo No: 4, Istanbul
White Mill cafe at Cihangir. It’s an interesting place, the first floor is a design product shop and the cafe is on the 2nd floor. Once you climb the stairs you’ll see a pretty outdoor patio which was quite unexpected. The food is pretty good but not that memorable. It’s a better place for drinks as they have a big menu of tea, coffee, wine and cocktails. I got the ginger fruit tea which was fantastic.
White Mill cafe
Susam Sokak No:13 Cihangir
Ara Cafe – a cafe in the small backstreet behind Istiklal caddesi. It has a causal bohemian artsy vibe to it that I like. The walls were adorned with beautiful b&w photographes byAra Guler, who’s known for capturing the melancholic Istanbul in the 50-60s. They don’t serve alcohol though, which is a pity.
Tomtom Mh., Tosbağa Sokak 8, Istanbul
On our long walk along the Bosphorus coast, we had to take a break at Bebek, an upscale seaside town. There was a choice of a very nice Starbuck with amazing view or Divan, a chichi Brasserie. I guess no matter how nice the starbuck is we just couldn’t bring ourselves to go in. Divan’s patio has a pretty view of the bosphorus. It was cozy until a super tacky Mafia looking guy started smoking a cigar and killed the mood. The chocolate tart was rich and delicious though.
Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No: 28/A Bebek, Istanbul
We spent the last night at this cozy little place just a few steps from our apartment on Timarci street. Unfortunately I don’t know the name (Update: it’s called Open Kitchen.) I love that it looks like someone’s cool vintage chic home. Love the vibe very much, homey and no electronic lounge music! If you find yourself in the Galata area, look out for this little gem!
Timarci str no:6b galata istanbul
90 212 293 74 33.