Istanbul is not only the centre of Turkey’s economy, but it is literally the centre of everything! So, the same for the best 3rd wave coffee! Third-wave coffee and third-wave coffee shops have started taking effect on Istanbul and coffee culture by the end of 2011. Whereas, the city has always been famous with Turkish black tea of which you could enjoy with the view of Bosporus. Or you could do the same with Turkish coffee which has forty-year of souvenir, for instance. However, things are changing both in the world and so in Istanbul. Almost the last decade, Istanbul under the effect of the smell of speciality roasts. You’ll see third wave cafés as you walk over to the Hagia Sophia, for instance. You can sip on a V60 before heading to the Grand Bazaar, or wash down baklava with a single-origin espresso. If there is such a thing as globalisation, this is exactly that!
There are many good coffee shops in Istanbul, and new ones are always emerging. So, our article isn’t necessarily “the best twenty”. Rather, it’s based on our personal favourites and first-hand exploration! Because of that, we assure you that you will find friendly, gifted baristas at every one of them. And what’s more, they’ll also be good starting points for visiting the city’s main sights.
So, if your way somehow crosses to this ancient city of beauty, then take a look at our article for a cold brew coffee in these dog days.
22- Kadıköy Walter’s Coffee Roastery
Kadıköy Walter’s Coffee Roastery has a very different ambience than others. They are inspired by the American TV series cult Breaking Bad, for instance. So, you should definitely stop by and taste their flat white coffee.
Address: Caferağa, Bademaltı Sk. No:21, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul
Tel: 0534 241 83 86
21- Fika Moda Café
Fika Moda Café is the new trend in Moda, Kadıköy. Fika means “coffee break” in Sweedish. The cafe is designed in compliance with the Scandinavian style. The best detail about the cafe that everything here is handmade! Their desserts are the best around there as well as their coffee!
Address: Caferağa, Rıza Paşa Sk. No:27, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul
20- Brew Coffee Works
Brew coffee is going to cheer you with its calming playlist and wonderful home-like spirit. You will feel at home while drinking your fresh roasted coffees and hand-made original desserts that you can’t find anywhere else.
Adress: Hobyar Mahallesi, Hamidiye Caddesi, No 16/D, Fatih, İstanbul
Tel: +(90) 212 512 19 86
19- Manuel Deli & Coffee
Manuel Deli & Coffee is like a hidden paradise rather than other coffee shops in Istanbul. Due to its hidden position in Cihangir‘s alley, there are fewer people here unlikely other cafés.
With their sandwiches on sourdough bread, hand-made pizzas and turquoise decoration, Manuel Deli & Coffee is waiting to welcome you!
Address: Cihangir Mahallesi, Cihangir Caddesi, No 23/A, Beyoğlu, İstanbul
Tel: +(90) 532 547 84 14
18- Minoa Books and Coffee
Minoa is the café where you can sip your fresh coffee while reading your book. You will addict to Minoa café due to its huge library, interior design, a wide range of flavour and smile face crews. Do not forget to taste a gummy cookie with your coffee!
Address: Vişnezade Mahallesi, Süleyman Seba Caddesi, Park Apartmanı, No 52/A, Beşiktaş, İstanbul
Tel: +(90) 212 236 94 52
17- Şairler Kahvesi (Poets’ Café)
Poets’ Café located in Vişnezade Quarter, one of Beşiktaş’s most tranquil areas, opposite the Poets Park. The Café, which stands out with its peaceful atmosphere, fills the eyes with its great food as well as coffee. In brief, Poets Café is one of the most beautiful coffee shops in Beşiktaş.
Address: Vişnezade Mahallesi, Süleyman Seba Caddesi, No 50/A, Beşiktaş, İstanbul
Tel: +(90) 212 2361515
16- Gravite Coffee & Bar
Gravité, which has come to the forefront with quality coffee in the rapidly developing food and beverage industry, is based in Brighton.
Together with fresh coffee, the Gravité team is focused on the culture of coffee. Moreover, Their goal is to become a qualified coffee shop that brings together people from different sectors who want to drink good coffee.
When you go to Grative, which opens its first branch in Nişantaşı with the slogan “Good Coffee & Fine Food”, try the orange mosaic cake next to the brewing filter coffee. In other words, you will never regret it.
Address: Teşvikiye Mahallesi, Prof. Dr Müfide Küley Sokak, No 45, Şişli, İstanbul
Tel: +(90) 212 234 02 36
15- Federal Coffee Company
Coffee experts and addicts must visit this amazing place as soon as they can. Because they serve guests with very friendly staff and the great cold brew is a must-taste flavour!
14- Kozmos Coffee
Kozmos coffee is the dearest of Bomonti, where is the beautiful historic neighbourhood of Istanbul. You should not leave the place without trying a cup of white chocolate mocha and delicious desserts.
Address: Sıracevizler Caddesi (Halepli Şükrü Sokak), Sisli, Istanbul
Tel: +(90) 212 296 41 67
13- Back Coffee and More
Back coffee and more is another highly recommended third-wave café that you shouldn’t miss. What’s more, they are providing good specialty coffee, not like others. Moreover, Back Coffee and More is ready to serve to its guests with their great atmosphere, friendly staff, and perfect decorations. Plus, V60 with Ethiopian beans rocks!
Address: Koza Mahallesi 1655 Sokak H1 Blok No:2 F 116 Esenyurt / Bahcesehir (Akbati AVM), Istanbul
12- No: 7 Coffee House
No: 7 Coffee House is one of the best third-wave coffee shops in Istanbul. Besides, staff are very dedicated people to prepare and serve the best coffee and other desserts.
Address: Ayşe Çavuş Sok. No:20, Suadiye, Kadıköy, Istanbul
Tel: +(90) 216 380 31 83
11- Peyk Away Coffee
Peyk Away Coffee has a wonderful spirit with its historical location. In addition, the cafe has well-roasted coffees from all around the world. While drinking your cappuccino, you can enjoy the tiny streets of the historical peninsula.
Address: Peykhane Sk. No: 10/A, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
10- Petra Roasting Co.
Petra Roasting Co. has a rightful and understandable fame thanks to their delicious and high-quality coffee beans. Their interior design, cold brew and black coffees are stunning. Prices may relatively be higher than others in the market, but it worth!
Address: Hoşsohbet Sok. Panorama Selenium Residence Gayrettepe, Istanbul
Tel: +(90) 212 356 10 53
9- Four Letter WordFour Letter Coffee is located in Burgazada, which is one of the princess islands in Istanbul. At the same time, the island hosted one of the most talented writers Sait Faik Abasıyanık, who was a storyteller. So, you can both enjoy your coffee in Four Letter Word and visit the island and the museum of Sait Faik. Besides, there are different ferries from Kadıköy, Kabatas and Bostancı harbours.
Address: Takimaga Meydani Sk No. 3/2 Burgazada, Istanbul
Tel: +(90) 216 381 21 80
8- Rafine Espresso Bar
Reasonable prices, “no-laptop area”, San Sebastian cheesecake… These phrases define Rafine Espresso Bar. Also, the place has a permanent guest, or better to put it like in this way; the owner of the café: the cat. She is incredibly cute and lovely. So, you won’t understand how the time passes by!
Address: Moda Cad. No: 69/A, Kadıköy, Istanbul
Like most boutique coffee houses, this is a small and friendly place. For example, the chairs are comfortable and the coffee is delicious. So, if you wish to have a coffee in Cihangir, it has a sweetness that can please you very much.
Short in a long story, you will love the Kyoto Style as a cold coffee. Also, they’re very ambitious at Cold Brew.
Address: Kuloğlu Mahallesi, Firuzağa Cami Sokak, No 2/B, Beyoğlu, İstanbul
Tel: +(90) 212 249 92 71
Coffeetopia is a small cosy place. We recommend you to try their flat white and the cold brew coffee, which is strong! Together with cold brew coffee, do not forget to order tiramisu for yourself!
Address: Hobyar Mah. Arpacılar Cad. No:4 Eminönü, Fatih, Istanbul
Tel: +(90) 212 522 61 77
5- Drip Coffee
Drip Coffee is a good spot for a “western” coffee or a drip coffee. Especially, the cold brew is preferable. Moreover, Guatemala with Chemex brew is preferred quite often, too.
Address: Asmalımescit Mah. General Yazgan Sok. No: 9/A, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
4- Montag Coffee Roaster
You should try Chemex and then you’ll find yourself in coffee heaven. And Montag Coffee Roaster has the yummiest desserts. All their coffee is actually good. In the meanwhile, they are mostly known with a cold brew or iced latte. Also, they make homemade granola and serve it with yoghurt. Because of that, Montag Coffee Roaster is a perfect spot to work or chill. Furthermore, it is one of the best third-wave coffee shops on the Anatolian side of Istanbul.
Address: Caferağa Mah. Muvakkithane Cad. Ramiz İş Merkezi No:16 Kat:1, Kadıköy, Istanbul
3- Coffee Manifesto
Coffee Manifesto has very delicious Chemex Coffee, just like others. And they are friendly and smiling which is very important for customers to select. Finally, you should visit the place sometime.
Address: Güneşli Bahçe Sok. No:40/A, Kadıköy, Istanbul
Tel: +(90) 216 550 00 36
2- 7 GR Art Coffee
7 GR is a small but quite friendly coffee house. So, you will love this intimate place hidden in Firuzağa’s side street. Above all, this is the only place where you can drink Deathwish, the highest caffeine coffee in the world.
Address: Türkali Mahallesi, Mısırlı Bahçe Sokak, No 11/3, Beşiktaş, Istanbul
Tel: +(90) 539 490 43 33
1- MOC Coffee
MOC coffee deserves its name: Ministry of Coffee! Located in Nişantaşı, MOC prepares its delicious coffees with 12 kinds of coffee beans from regions such as Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Panama and Kenya. On the other hand, Cold Brew, which is different from classic coffees and has an enormous taste, is prepared by distillation in 24 hours and served with ice. So, if you haven’t tried yet, you should. What’s more, MOC will also impress you with its magnificent architecture.
Address: Teşvikiye Mahallesi, Şakayık Sokak, No 4, Şişli, İstanbul
Tel: +(90) 212 234 44 65
Enjoy your coffee and your time!