There is a saying in Turkey: “A bitter coffee forms a bond lasting 40 years” This can be from the bitterness of the coffee or from its deliciousness. And if it’s delicious coffee you want, you need to know it’s been made properly.
How to Correctly Make The Coffee?
Making Turkish coffee is quite simple. Ideally, you’ll want a Turkish coffee pot but if you don’t have one you can cook it in another pot but make sure it’s tall and narrow because good coffee froths when it is cooked. If you’re using coffee beans you’ll need to grind them first. Hand grinders for this can be bought in many Turkish shops. Grind the coffee by placing the beans in the grinder and turning the handle on the top of it (you can learn how to use it from the person who sells it to you). If you don’t want to buy coffee beans, go to the Grand Bazaar and look for the sign saying Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. There you’ll find the finest ground coffee.
Turkish coffee is usually drunk without sugar, but of course you can add sugar according to your own taste. When you buy a Turkish coffee you can ask for it without sugar (sade), sugary (orta) or very sugary (şekerli). Now, let’s find out some of the best places to drink Turkish coffee in Istanbul:
1. Mandabatmaz – Beyoğlu
Mandabatmaz was established in 1967 and has taken part in many gourmet programmes. The baristas at Mandabatmaz pay attention to every detail of their coffee, from the freshness of the beans to the temperature of the water. Although it’s only a small shop, it’s very busy and popular with tourists and locals. For a true taste of Turkey, you can’t go wrong here.
Open Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
Location: Asmalı Mescit, Olivia Geçidi 1/A, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 243 77 37
2. Sade Kahve – Sarıyer
People come here for breakfast but stay for the outstanding Turkish coffee served afterwards. It’s the ideal place to drink coffee with a magnificent view of Sarıyer.
Open Hours: 06:30 – 00:00
Location: Rumeli Hisarı, Yahya Kemal Cd. 20a, Sarıyer/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 358 23 24
3. Cumbalı Kahve – Balat
If you’re in Balat and you see a blue decorated sign, check it out immediately. If it says Cumbalı Kahve, you need to head inside. The coffees made here are famous throughout Istanbul and are a must for all coffee lovers. Just don’t try them all on the same day as this is strong coffee. If you want to try them one by one, we suggest you start with the classic Turkish coffee.
Open Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Location: Ayvansaray, Kürkçü Çeşmesi Sk. No:12, Balat/Fatih/Fatih/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0539) 415 80 80
4. Bebek Kahve – Bebek
Bebek Coffee has been serving great quality beverages since 1945. There are many different varieties on offer but sipping a proper foamy Turkish coffee while enjoying the view is hard to beat.
5. Okkalı Kahve – Kadıköy
If you’re trying Turkish coffee for the first time, this is a great place to come. There are so many different coffees on offer that it can be a little confusing but if you like strong coffee then why not start with a straightforward Turkish coffee? If you prefer something a little milder then the “Kervansaray” is the one to go for.
6. Latife – Beşiktaş
As soon as you enter Latife, one of the most beautiful coffee shops of Beşiktaş, you’ll be greeted by the rich aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans which are roasted on site.
Open Hours: 09:00 – 01:00
Location: Sinanpaşa, Yeni Hamam Sk. No:11/A, Beşiktaş/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 327 88 46
7. Fazıl Bey’in Türk Kahvesi – Kadıköy
This charming two-storey coffee house is the ideal place for catching your breath after walking round the bazaar. If you want double-roasted coffee (beans are roasted in the mill before being ground), this is the place for you.
Open Hours: 08:00 – 00:00
Location: Caferağa, Serasker Cad. 1/A, 34710 Kadiköy/Kadıköy/Kadıköy/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0216) 450 28 70
8. Sark Kahvesi
Şark Kahvesi, one of the oldest coffee shops in the Grand Bazaar, still cooks its coffee the traditional way – in sand. If you’re tired from visiting the Grand Bazaar and need a break, Şark Kahvesi is a great place to stop.
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