Istanbul experienced an boom in the number of café and bars during the last decade. Although better ones –in terms of atmosphere and clientele- lie in the new parts of the city, we also tried to pick some from the area close to our hotel. Click on the small images to see a photo of each cafe & bar; you can also click on the name of each place to see its location and its proximity to our hotel on the map
Sultan Pub is an unassuming pub with the perfect location. You can sit facing the very center of the Byzantine and Ottoman history and look at the people from all over the world passing by.
Yeşil Ev Garden Café. The elegant garden of this Ottoman mansion turned into a hotel is a true oasis for a simple lunch or an afternoon drink.
Fes Café. Squeezed into a former market stall, the small kitchen turns out simple sandwiches, salads, fresh lemonade, fruit juices and homemade cakes. It's a great place to sit back and watch the comings and goings of the bazaar.
Karabatak Café. is our favourite cafe in Istanbul. This is a cool and funky space that features retro-style décor and a very confortable atmosphere.Their excellent Julius Meinl coffee and the cool yet cozy atmosphere makes it very popular among the locals.
Vefa Boza Shop. This famous boza bar was established in 1875. Locals still flock here to drink the viscous tonic, which is made from water, sugar and fermented barley. The bar's pretty interior is worth a visit in its own right.
White Mill Café & Bar. This two-story cafe with a beautiful outdoor terrace dining area, is one of the most popular cafes in Cihangir. It really comes alive at night.
Kaktüs Café & Bar is an established bohemian café/ bar where a loyal group of customers mostly intellectuals, TV and theatre artists and journalist residends of Cihangir hang out during all times of the day.
Off Pera Bar. This tiny neighbourhood bar run by two young women, one a production manager and the other a mathematician, is very popular among certain clientele. The Turkish music night on Tuesdays is great fun.
Mangerie Cafe & Restaurant. A terrace floor in an old, wooden apartment building in Bebek forms the setting for one of the loveliest café-restaurants in the city. Breakfast, lunches and dinners are all very good.
Lucca Bar is Istanbul's hip bar, to see and to be seen. Frequent comers are generally from media, TV, show-bus, models as well as bankers. Lucca starts the day as a restaurant and turns into a bar after the sun sets – and a magnet for Istanbul high society.
Bebek Kahve. This humble coffee shop once attended mostly by nearby Bosphorus University students, has become the most popular coffeeshop in Turkey. It still successfully keeps its old charm.
Love Gay Club is one of the larger and most popular gay clubs in the country. Trendy, busy and recommended. Hip hang out for Istanbul's trendy boys, (and some girls) hosts international DJs and theme parties.