The world’s first known coffeehouse opened in Istanbul in the 16th century. With more than 500 years of coffee history, the city has hundreds of coffee shops varying from third wave coffee brewers to experimental labs and roasteries. We have selected some of the best coffee shops in Istanbul for this article. Next time you find yourself in the center of the ancient world, you’ll want to check these out.
M.O.C – Ministry of Coffee
Address: Şakayık Sokak No:4/A Tesvikiye
Phone: (0212) 234 44 65
Hours: Mon-Sat (08:00 – 00:00), Sun (10:00 – 23:00)
Definitely the most popular coffee shop in Istanbul, considering the number of Instagrammers inside. Ministry of Coffee distillates the roaster for 24 hours and serves as ‘cold brew’ with ice. The shop offers coffee from over 12 origins including Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Panama, and Kenya. The venue has two floors and is spacious. Make sure you give the Chilli Mocha a try.
Kronotrop Coffee Bar & Roastery
Address: Firuzağa Camii Sokak No:2/B, Cihangir
Phone: (0212) 249 92 71
Hours: Mon-Sat (07:30 – 21:00), Sun (10:30 – 21:00)
Kronotrop is a boutique coffee shop offering single origins, blends, hot and cold brews, filter coffees, decaf offerings, and whole beans. Kronotrop started as a small coffee shop on a side street of Beyoğlu. In a short time, its coffee became an indispensable haunt of passion. Kronotrop is aiming to carry the “Specialty Coffee” stream in the world to the highest level in Istanbul. You will love Kyoto Style cold brew coffee.
Address: İstiklal Cad. Olivia Geçidi 1/A Beyoglu
Phone: (0212) 243 77 37
Hours: Mon-Sun (09:00 – 23:00)
Dare to have a real Turkish coffee? Mandabatmaz is definitely the place to go! It literally is the answer to how dark, strong, and tasty a Turkish coffee can be. They cook and serve freshly grounded classic Turkish coffee beans and bake it in a cezve (a traditional small brass pot). Mandabatmaz is located in a humble street in Istiklal Caddesi yet its coffee is legendary and there is always a queue for coffee. Just follow the smell!
Address: Moda Cad. No.94, Moda
Phone: (0216) 349 63 85
Hours: Mon-Sun (07:30 – 00:00)
Another staple coffee shop for a well-brewed classic Turkish coffee is İstisna Tatlar, located on the Anatolian side. The coffee shop serves exceptionally flavorful coffee, as its name implies in Turkish. You will be amazed especially with the strawberry and mandarin flavored Turkish coffee. This sweet little coffee shop will put a smile on your face with its cozy and friendly atmosphere.
Address: Hobyar Mah. Hamidiye Cad. No.64, Eminonu
Phone: (0212) 512 19 86
Hours: Mon-Sun (07:00 – 22:00)
Situated at the colorful and overwhelmingly crowded Eminonu, Brew CoffeeWorks is a great stopover for a shopping break. Just below the Legacy Ottoman Hotel, the shop is teeming with excited patrons and a large, varied menu. Try the flat white if you are more of a light and creamy coffee lover, otherwise give a Bongo a try. From the moment you walk in to the moment you exit, its a rich sensory experience.
Federal Coffee Company
Address: Sahkulu Mah. Kücük Hendek Cad. No:7, Galata
Phone: (0212) 223 30 55
Hours: Mon-Sat (08:00 – 00:00), Sun (10:00 – 23:00)
Galata is the home of Federal Coffee Company, known for their international expertise and bringing a new dimension to coffee culture in the form of 3rd Wave Coffee, which places immense value on the coffee’s naturally occurring flavors. The coffee shop offers a warm and intimate atmosphere and consistently educates new baristas for the industry. It’s almost certain that you’ll be around Galata when you visit, so make sure you step into Federal Coffee Company to give Australian style roasted beans a try.
Ayıbedenler Coffee House
Address: Sinanpasa Mah. Altintas Sok. No:23/A, Beşiktaş
Phone: (0212) 227 34 60
Hours: Mon-Sun (10:00 – 00:00)
Right in the middle of Besiktas, Ayıbedenler is a cozy but super entertaining coffee house. The founders of the shop host their own online radio show with the same name, Ayıbedenler, broadcasting from the ground floor of their cafe. They explain their philosophy as “having good coffee while having fun”. Their coffee is really delicious and we assure you will not want to leave once are trapped in the rhythm of the music. Look further if you are into good music and a little laughter to accompany a delicious cup of coffee.
Walter’s Coffee Roastery
Address: Caferağa Mah. Bademalti Sk. No:21, Kadıkoy
Phone: (0542) 533 83 03
Hours: Mon-Sun (10:00 – 23:00)
Walter’s Coffee Roastery, the first coffee laboratory of Istanbul, opened in 2015. The roastery was a huge success and now it is serving daily roasted specialty coffee in Brooklyn, NY and Dubai as well. The roastery specializes in daily roasted coffee and continuously running experiments, from extraction and brew temperatures to espresso machine pressure and grinder configuration. The staff aren’t just baristas – they’re craftsmen.
Petra Roasting Co.
Address: Hoşsohbet Sk. Panorama Selenium Residence Mağaza 1 Gayrettepe
Phone: (0212) 356 1053
Hours: Tue-Fri (08:00 – 20:00), Sat-Sun (10:30 – 19:00)
If we had a “most cool coffee shops” category, Petra might be the winner. The design of the shop and atmosphere is classic and charming. This coffee shop is located in Muse Istanbul in Gayrettepe. The venue is multifunctional – you can grab your coffee and pay a visit to the museum, work on your laptop as if you are in an open workspace, or shop for some souvenirs for your loved ones. Do not miss the cold Myrrha coffee served in whiskey glass before the summer is over. If you are innovative and you like to take risks, try Sbagliato.
Address: Caferağa Mah. Moda Cad. No:181, Moda
Phone: (0531) 560 31 11
Hours: Mon-Sun (08:00 – 00:00)
Mambocino has few branches in Istanbul but it’s Moda branch located on the Anatolian side is coffee lover’s favorite. Mambocino is the name of the English coffee brand and they use syrups from Torani of San Francisco. Their latte art is over the top impressive. Lavender ice lattes and Affagatos are the way to go for cold coffee lovers. Guatemala filter coffee is also one of our favorites along with homemade cookies. With its cute decor and smooth music, Mambocino is a great down-to-earth alternative for delicious coffee lovers.