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Istanbul has fully embraced the global trend for artisanal coffee in recent years. As new coffee shops appear all across town, several of them stand out thanks to their vibrant atmosphere, friendly staff and, most of all, their relentless pursuit of serving delicious, top-tier brews.
Starting the day with a cup of premium coffee is a daily ritual for many Istanbulites. Offering a precious break from the city’s hectic lifestyle, coffee shops are places where people can socialise and wind down. In recent years, an ever-increasing number of cafés have popped up across town to respond to this growing demand. Whether you prefer to get your daily fix through frothy lattes or refreshing cold brews, there’s a coffee to suit every taste in Istanbul.
A small coffee shop located inside the Yasemin Pasaji shopping centre in the upscale neighbourhood of Bebek, Cup of Joy offers a laid-back environment in the middle of an otherwise bustling area. To defeat the afternoon crash, order a freshly brewed cortado (espresso with milk) and a parfait. With a warm wooden interior design and a welcoming atmosphere, this café is perfect for freelancers looking to get some work done. Due to its popularity, Cup of Joy has opened another branch in the popular Zorlu Center.
Kronotrop stands out as a friendly place in the bohemian Cihangir district, with an extensive menu that includes unique concoctions such as a rooibos cortado, coffee cocktails and Kyoto-style cold drip coffee. Patrons come by here for the delicious snacks and to get their caffeine fix, and a tasteful and lively atmosphere awaits those who can find an empty table. Producing its own line of beans, Kronotrop has quickly become an essential pit stop for coffee enthusiasts.
Voi Central occupies an elegant building within a beautiful garden area in the residential Etiler neighbourhood. This coffee shop offers smoothie bowls, assorted salads plus gluten-free and low-calorie dessert options to quell your cravings. A delicious combination to order is the blue matcha latte and luscious lemon-kumquat tart. With its comfortable tables and bright outdoor area, this place also provides a productive setting to type your day away.