I was in Istanbul recently and as I always do now, sought out great coffee. I found two great places that I want to share with you.
#1: Espresso Lab
+90 212 855 80 65
Located on the İstiklal Caddesi in at three different locations, including one in Taksim Square, this is a great alternative to other coffee chains. The staff was friendly, wi-fi fast, and most importantly, the coffee (cappuccino) excellent. I was staying at the Grand Hyatt near Taksim Square and that location was so crowded I kept walking to the next one. It too was quite crowded; in fact, I took the last open table in the café. If you’re ever in need of late-night coffee, this place is open till 12:30AM.
#2: Coffee Sapiens
Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa
Kılıç Ali Paşa Mescidi Sk. 10/C
34425 Beyoğlu, İstanbul
+90 541 721 40 08
Ok, this was one of the best cappuccinos I have ever had. The whole experience was lovely. Coffee Sapiens is located on a beautiful little street of cafés shaded by grape vines. My cappuccino came with a tasty shortbread cookie and rose-scented water. The coffee was strong and the texture perfect. Like so much of Istanbul, cats wandered the street and one nestled up at my feet.
On my walk back, I stumbled upon one other coffee shop called Berkeketzadeli. Having already consumed four shots of espresso in my two cappuccinos, I decided to hold it for next time.
The coffee scene in Istanbul is great. I loved my two cups of coffee (the coffee at the Grand Hyatt was deplorable) and cannot wait to return.
Do you have any favorite coffee shops in Istanbul?