Where to Find The Best Turkish Coffee in Istanbul

8 Aralık 2014
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Coffee is one of the most consumed drinks in the world after tea and has a very special place in our daily lives.  Especially Turkish coffee plays an important role in the society ever since Ottoman Sultan Selim I brought it in 1517.  It was embraced very quickly by the people and grew out of there. The way you make and serve it became a great deal. It is served with water in order to clean your mouth from previous tastes remained in it. So you can enjoy the taste of Turkish coffee to the fullest. Turkish delight or chocolate served with it enrich the treat and soften its strong taste.

Beside its captivating smell and taste, Turkish coffee is also a great excuse to chat with friends. Even when it is finished, you extend your conversation with fortune-telling tradition. Cup is turned over and you wait until it is cooled down. Later on imagination steps in to tell the fortune by looking at the patterns occurred in the cup.  Well, believe the outcome or not, the whole process from serving the coffee to fortune telling, Turkish coffee is not just a coffee you must taste but a whole tradition one should experience if not yet. 

We picked the best coffee houses for those who are looking forward to drink a truly well-done cup of Turkish coffee in town. 

Şark Kahvesi 

Located right in the Grand Bazaar, Şark Kahvesi is a great break  if you were bustling around the famous area.  Prepared on a sand-filled tray set on a burner for over 60 years, drinking Turkish coffee here is a classic. 


Even though it is situated in small space  in Beşiktaş district of İstanbul, Okkalı is very crowded during the day. Ranging from Turkish coffee with cinnamon, ginger and jasmine aroma to Turkish coffee with mastic gum, you can find a wide range of flavors here. 

Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medresesi 

Café located at the courtyard of Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medresesi is one of the places will make you travel back in time by its authentic ambience as you take a sip from your Turkish coffee prepared on coal fire. 

Fazıl Bey’in Türk Kahvesi 

Offering service over 80 years, Fazıl Bey’in Türk Kahvesi is maintaining a great tradition and preserving the same taste today. Try out this special Turkish coffee, outcome of personal expertise and years of experience, with Turkish delight at their central place located in historical Kadıköy Bazaar. 

Közde Türk Kahvesi

Remainig faithful to its tradition, Turkish coffee here is brewed on ember. Drinking your coffee here will be a nice break from the bustle of Kadıköy. 


Bebek Kahve

Located by the waterfront, Bebek Kahvesi amazes with its amazing view of Bosphorus. Enjoy your coffee alongside the sounds of waves and don’t be surprised if you come across you favorite singer or writer; venue is frequently visited by famous names. 

Tarihi Kahve Pierre Loti Tepesi 

Would you like to drink your Turkish coffee alongside the amazing golden horn scenery? Rooftop Pierre Loti Café offers this chance and enriches your experience with coffee cups adorned with Ottoman ornaments.


Hayyam is small yet cozy place providing its coffee from one of the oldest oldest coffee shops; Brezilya Kahvecisi. Turkish coffee here is delicious!


Mandabatmaz is one of the finest places you can drink really delicious thick Turkish coffee. Café takes its name from the texture of its coffee; thick and very foamy.  Cause café is located at heart of Beyoğlu you may have a hard time finding a table to sit in summer days. 

Latife Türk Kahvecisi

Latife Türk Kahvecisi stands out with its unique decoration and central location in Galata. It has a tiny place but serves delicious Turkish coffee. 

Niyazi Bey’in Türk Kahvesi 

Ideal for a break from the bustle and hustle of the day in Kadıköy, Niyazi Bey’in Türk Kahvesi serves a good cup of Turkish coffee with a lot of foam. Even the whole street smells like it. 

Pera Palace Hotel

Iconic, luxurious and elegant; Pera Palace is one of the symbolic places of Istanbul since its opening in 1895.  Maintaining its classical style, Pera Palace makes sure you feel privileged.  Your Turkish coffee will be served on a salver. 

Nev-i Café

Nev-i Café offers a authentic experience with its famous Turkish coffee brewed on coal fire, its location in Balat, unique ambiance and historic structure.  As you take a sip from your Turkish coffee a visit to the past also awaits you. 

Çınaraltı Cafe 

Situated right under a historic plane tree in Çengelköy, Çınaraltı Kafe is well-known with its calm and relaxing atmosphere, very ideal for a fine Turkish coffee. Hosted famous Turkish series Süper Baba (Super Dad) in 90s, café has a special place in our memories as well.