Most popular historical cafes in Istanbul
For sure, you have heard a lot about the rich cuisine in Turkey and rich food culture, and of course you heard about the Turkish coffee and the Turkish tea because beside palaces, the Bosphorus, and beautiful natural sight, Turkish coffee and Turkish tea are very famous things in Turkey. In fact, a lot of people connect Istanbul city with Turkish tea and coffee.
If you get tired walking around the city and ancient palaces and you decide to get some rest at one of the cafes while drinking a cup of hot Turkish tea then you should read this article.
Here are some of the most popular historical cafes in Istanbul city, where you can enjoy your drink with a touch of history.
Çorlulu Ali Paşa:
this building is originally a Medrese (school) that is a part of Çorlulu Ali Paşa mosque. İt was amed after the vizier Ali Paşa who came from çorlu city. The historical atmosphere of this café offer a very peaceful environment that you will definitely love it and nearly all people agree that it is the best café where to drink Sheesha or Nargila as it is called in Turkish.
visiting this place is like travelling to another planet because of its peaceful atmosphere that is away from city traffic and busy streets.
Çorlulu Ali Paşa café welcomes visitors from 7 AM to 2 AM and it is located in Sultan Ahmet Square between the trees and green leafs and you can reach it by walking after getting off in Beyazit or Sultan Ahmet station.
Galata Konak Café:
This café was originally a patisseries shop that was founded in 1975 by Aki family and it is considered one of the very famous shops in the old town of Istanbul because of its tasty crispy cakes and daily fresh baked patisseries.
By 2006, the new generation of the Aki family decided to turn the shop into a café and adding more options to menu.
The Galata Konak Café is actually one of the most peaceful and cosy cafes in Istanbul. It fits to 150 customers on the open terrace that looks over the historic center of Istanbul. Probably, the most interesting thing about this café is its 360 degree view that looks on Galata Tower, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia , and many other monuments.
The café open between 9 AM to 1 AM and it is located in Beyoglu District in Haci Ali Street.
As an advice, it is better to visit the café during April at night because the weather is absolutely amazing and the view is charming.
Erol Taş café:
Erol Taş café is one of the most iconic cafes in Istanbul. It is full of YesilCam film’s posters and pictures. This film was the most successful film in Turkey during 1950s and left a significant print in the Turkish culture.
With its wooden walls that is covered with posters and pictures of the film’s heroes and with an open terrace that is perfect for drinking a Turkish coffee with a cigarette, this café is considered one of the most popular cafes in the city. If you are a fan of the Turkish coffee then you should try one at the Erol Taş café it is very delicious and strong.
Erol Taş café welcomes its visitors from 7 AM to midnight and it is located in Cankurtan Square
This café is located in Çengelköy which was first inhibited durıng the 5th century. This place actually features the old life od Bosphorus and locals tend to visit this place a lot because of the really peaceful environment, especially when sitting under the tree that is estimated to be 9 hundred years old.
One of the things that are really good about this place is that you can bring any kind of food with you, sandwiches, Turkish desserts, Turkish famous Borek, or any other kind of food from your house or from the local shops around the place. All you need to take care of, is to leave your spot clean as you took it.
You can go there at any time you want because the atmosphere is absolutely amazing but as an advice, it would be better if you have your breakfast there with a hot cup of Turkish tea.
This place is open for everyone and it is located in Çengelköy that you can reach from Eminonu if you are staying in the European side of Istanbul or Uskudar if you are staying in the Asian Side.