Definitely the coolest neighbourhood on Istanbul’s Asian side, Moda is on the rise with its trendy boutiques, cafes and restaurants that all retain that distinctly local bohemian Kadıköy vibe. Check out some of the best places to get some coffee and linger for a while.
Cafe, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Turkish, Mediterranean, $$$
One of Moda’s coziest cafes, Yer Cafe’s mismatched vintage furniture, framed art from local artists and bathroom door hidden behind a thick velvet curtain are all part of its charm. From breakfast to coffee breaks and evening cocktail, the cafe is open all day and also serves delicious Turkish comfort food.
Located in a renovated historic house, this cozy cafe has a homey feel complete with vintage furniture and antique objects everywhere. In summer, the few tables outside are perfect for observing the locals going about their business.
Yer Cafe’s other venue is just as cozy and cool but focuses more on dishes, which change on a regular basis and combine the freshest ingredients in ingeniously delicious ways. It’s definitely a place to hang out all day, especially if you like petting the street cats that like to nap on the chairs outside.
One of the newest additions to Moda is a lovely little hostel that also has an equally lovely cafe. On a summer day, Juliet’s cafe is the perfect place to sit around for hours while enjoying their freshly made sandwiches, pasta or cakes.
This is the place to go if you’re looking for American-style desserts. 180 Coffee Bakery’s excellent muffins, tarts and cheesecakes are the perfect accompaniment to your coffee and they also happen to serve real bacon with their delicious breakfasts.
The perfect cafe for fans of vintage fashion, NUN is part coffee shop and part vintage store with a great selection of clothing and accessories handpicked from around the world. The cafe also hosts a monthly event where you can bring your old items and trade them in for something new.