Istanbul drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Beyoğlu

Federal Coffee Company

Our favourite of the recent tsunami of coffee roasteries to open in the city, the Federal Coffee Company advertises itself as an 'Australian Coffee Roaster' and visitors from Down Under will certainly feel at home w…
Top Choice Coffee in Beyoğlu

Manda Batmaz

Bored with the brouhaha over modern-day coffee culture? Don't care where your beans have been roasted, or whether your barista's tattoos are on show? If so, this tiny coffee shop is for you. Serving Beyoğlu's best T…
Top Choice Coffee in Kadıköy

Fazıl Bey

Making the call as to who makes the best Turkish coffee in İstanbul is no easy task, but our vote goes to Fazıl Bey, the best-loved khavehan (coffeeshop) on Serasker Caddesi. Enjoying a cup while watching the passin…
Top Choice Nargile Cafe in Bazaar District

Mimar Sinan Teras Cafe

A magnificent panorama of the city can be enjoyed from the spacious outdoor terrace of this popular student cafe in a ramshackle building located in the shadow of Süleymaniye Mosque. Head here during the day or in t…
Top Choice Tea Garden in Bazaar District

Çorlulu Alipaşa Nargile ve Çay Bahçesi

Set in the vine-covered courtyard of the Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medrese, this nargile cafe near the Grand Bazaar is the most atmospheric in the Old City. Nargiles cost ₺25 and are best enjoyed with a glass of çay (tea; ₺2…
Top Choice Bar in Beyoğlu

Mikla

It's worth overlooking the occasional bit of uppity service at this stylish rooftop bar to enjoy excellent cocktails and what could well be the best view in İstanbul. In winter the drinking action moves to the bar i…
Top Choice Bar in Beyoğlu

Unter

This cafe, bar and restaurant hybrid epitomises the new Karaköy style: it's glam without trying too hard, and has a vaguely arty vibe. Ground-floor windows open to the street in fine weather, allowing the action to …
Cafe in Western Districts

Pierre Loti Café

Many visitors head to this hilltop cafe after visiting the Eyüp Sultan Mosque. Named for the famous French novelist who is said to have come here for inspiration, it offers lovely views across the Golden Horn and is…
Bar in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel

Nursing a mega-pricey çay (₺18), coffee (₺20) or beer (₺20) at one of the Çırağan's terrace tables and watching the scene around İstanbul's best swimming pool, which is right on the Bosphorus, lets you sample the li…
Coffee in Western Districts

Coffee Department

Decked out with big sacks of coffee and wood-and-metal seating, this caffeine-besotted cafe roasts its own beans, and sells bags of coffee and filter-drip coffee-making kits. Kenyan, Ethiopian and Costa Rican beans …