Istanbul’s main business district is also one of the best places for young professionals who either have their offices in one of the many high rises or hang out at one of the co-working spaces. At Kanyon shopping center you’ll find Souq Dükkan, which sells the work of Istanbul’s many young designers, from clothing to ceramics, as well as hosting events such as art exhibitions or workshops. On Harman street, you’ll find Kolektif House, one of Istanbul’s most popular hangout spots for young professionals who want to work, meet, collaborate, and take part in events such as talks with successful creatives as well as lively concerts.
Kolektif House Levent: Harman Sokak No.5 Levent +90 212 924 24 10
Karaköy has long since been one of Istanbul’s coolest neighborhoods with its many boutiques, restaurants, and cafes; and now many young professionals have opened offices in the area’s many historic buildings. You’ll find architecture offices such as Superpool, founded in 2006 by Selva Gürdoğan and Gregers Tang Thomsen whose work has been exhibited at renowned institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York of the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen. At the historic Kurşunlu Han, young artists and designers are also setting up their ateliers in the abandoned Ottoman era working spaces, while design studio 333km is where designer Deniz Duru works his magic.
Superpool: Mumhane Caddesi 18, 3rd floor, Karaköy
Kurşunlu Han: Kardeşim Sokak, Karaköy
The area around the famous Galata Tower is a great place for young professionals to live, work, and play. The cool boutiques on Serdar-ı Ekrem, the offices belonging to independent magazines and design companies in beautiful neoclassical buildings, and the hidden art galleries and ateliers are all reasons why Galata is a young and dynamic neighborhood. Hang out at Mavra café to get to know the neighborhood’s locals, check out some contemporary art at Öktem & Aykut, or learn how to make jewelry in a modern atelier at Maden Istanbul.
Öktem & Aykut: Büyük Hendek Caddesi, Portakal Sokak No. 2, Galata
Maden Istanbul: Tatar Beyi Sokak, Büğe Apartmanı No. 2/2, Galata