If you’re travelling to Istanbul with a pet you’ll find some places difficult to get into. You’ll see dogs and cats fed on the streets and many restaurants give their leftovers to stray animals. And many people keep pets at home. But according to some people with Muslim beliefs, dogs are animals that should be avoided. That’s not to say they’re not animal lovers, it’s just that some people prefer to love them from a distance. In some cafes, and particularly restaurants, you might see a sign saying “No animals allowed”. And the same often applies to public transport. If you are allowed to take a pet on public transport you’ll probably need to take it in a cage. In taxis and other special vehicles, it will be the drivers’ decision as to whether allow pets on board so you’ll need to state in advance that you have a pet. But there are many pet-friendly places in Istanbul, and we’ve listed some of them here:g
1. Sixty Beans
Located in Nişantaşı, one of the most lively areas of Istanbul, Sixty Beans coffee shop is an ideal place for breakfast and afternoon snacks. It’s spacious and offers a huge variety of coffees to suit all tastes, and is an ideal working environment for freelancers. And most importantly, Sixty Beans’ message to pet owners is simple: Don’t leave your little friends at home when you join us for breakfast.
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2. Ministry of Coffee (MOC)
MOC is another place to relax with your pet in Nisantasi. We recommend the Australian Latte and Cold Brew – and the Kenyan coffees are great too. The cafe is usually at its most quiet from 9 am to midday and can get quite crowded during the afternoons. It’s a friendly place for both stray animals and pets.
3. Old Java Coffee Roasters Galata
If you’re looking for a pet-friendly place in Old Istanbul, Old Java is for you. Old Java has been one of the most important participants in Istanbul coffee festivals since 2015. Their primary aim is getting people together to socialise over a quality coffee, and this quiet peaceful coffee shop is the ideal place for just that. And for cat lovers, the coffee is even more enjoyable as you’ll have friendly cats jumping on your lap.
4. Fahriye Cafe
Fahriye Coffee, with its vintage design and atmosphere provides the true ambiance of Kadıköy along with great coffee in the company of your furry friend. We recommend you try the “Fahriye Coffee”, and for an extra special treat why not try a pudding with gum mastic and poppy seed cake? The warm, friendly welcome will remind you of visiting your grandmother’s home.
For a pleasant breakfast with your pet, try Kruvasan Istanbul. We recommend you try the avocado and smoked salmon croissant. It gets quite crowded at weekends so be prepared to wait, but it will be worth it. Kruvasan Istanbul is a popular place for Istanbul residents who want to introduce their pets to each other.
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6. Coffee Sapiens
Coffee Sapiens, one of the most charming places in Beyoğlu, is known for its peaceful environment and delicious coffee. You can have coffee at the Karaköy and Kanyon branches or pop along to one of the tasting days and seminars held at the Roastery & Workshop store at their Hasköy branch.
7. Muhit Karaköy
After the crowds of Taksim, Karaköy Muhit offers a quiet and peaceful place to relax. This is the perfect place to enjoy a breakfast or an afternoon snack with your choice of coffee. And while you unwind, cats, always priority customers for Muhit Karaköy, will be right by your side.
8. Grey Food & Drink Topağacı
When you walk down from Nisantasi, you’ll discover the Topagaci district and Grey Food & Drink. Pets are welcome here and leftovers never go to waste. Instead, they’re collected and sent to animal shelters. As well as being pet-friendly, the food is great too. We highly recommend the seafood from the Italian and Mediterranean menu.
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