02-03-2023 - Tips & Guides

A list for digital nomads: The best places to work in Istanbul

Today, with the digitalization of many sectors, many of our workspaces fit into a single notebook. Remote working has become increasingly common, especially in the last 10 years. During Covid-19 restrictions, even companies that normally work from the office have gotten used to remote working conditions. These habits did not change after the pandemic. Now there are many people who can work wherever they have their laptop, thus combining their travels and working life. The conditions of our times have created the concept of "digital nomad", which is used to describe people who continue to do their job online while traveling the world.

Istanbul is one of the long-term stops for many digital nomads, as it is both a culturally rich and vibrant European city as well as an affordable alternative. It is also possible to find countless wonderful cafes, libraries, and co-working spaces for those working remotely. We have compiled our favorites among them for you.


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Türk Alman Kitabevi & Cafe

This place is a perfect mix of a bookstore and a cafe. This mix of a cafe and bookstore specializes in selling all kinds of books in Turkish and German – hence the name, which means Turkish-German Bookstore. It has been founded in 1955.

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There are two levels in this building. Several tables, a coffee and cake station, and a variety of espresso-based coffees are available on the ground floor. There are also dozens of bookcases filled with literary works in both languages, including German novels and Turkish-language translations of German masterpieces. Even the occasional German schoolbooks were there, I could see. All the books and the big cozy sofas create the perfect atmosphere to peacefully work on your tasks. Also, there are some delicious food ad dessert alternatives.


Walter's Coffee Roastery

Have you watched the world-famous successful TV series Breaking Bad? The drama series has become an obsession for many people with its unforgettable episodes. Walter's Coffee is a remarkable place with interesting decorations inspired by the meth lab in this series. Although it has many branches in Istanbul, the Moda branch offers an ideal environment to get your computer and work.

Walter's Coffee Roastery is the first coffee laboratory specializing in daily roasted coffee established in Istanbul. They are passionate about coffee and its chemistry. From extraction and brewing temperatures to espresso machine pressure and grinder configuration, our coffee is up to a science. At Walter's, they aim to create a clean, minimalist, and fresh environment for customers. So you’ll love working in that place! Don’t forget to take some photos.

Kirpi Cafe

Kirpi is a restaurant chain that never surprises its customers, always offers the quality they are looking for, and even gives better service. In particular, Koşuyolu and Suadiye branches offer an extremely comfortable and pleasant working space throughout the day with the peaceful atmosphere they offer both indoors and outdoors. It is a place where you can find everything you are looking for, from world cuisine to coffee, from desserts to alcoholic beverages and breakfast menus, and it is a place that perfectly combines both a calm working environment and pleasant conversations with a drink.


Books & Coffee Caddebostan

This cafe, surrounded by books and magazines is a popular place for remote workers. You can grab a fine-made coffee and peacefully work on your assignments. Books&Coffee is a unique concept that brings together the idea of “good book, good coffee” with its guests. While preparing unique blends by processing the coffee beans supplied from different points in the world until the final stage, Books&Coffee also appeals to the tastes of readers with different books.

SALT Galata

Salt is a cultural institution that develops innovative programs to create a free platform for encounters, research, and expression for its users and visitors. Salt’s programs comprise exhibitions, publications, digital projects, talks, conferences, film screenings, performances, and workshops.

SALT Galata is located in a building that used to serve as an Ottoman bank in Beyoğlu. Today it is used as a modern art museum. It offers you a quiet and peaceful working space with its exhibition areas, library, cafe, and spacious structure. You can study as you want in the specially reserved halls to study in a company with its unique view.


Minoa Akaretler

Minoa is an independent bookstore operating since 2014 with a three-story store in Beşiktaş Akaretler. There is also a cafe-brasserie section with a capacity of 80 guests in the bookstore.

In the bookstore; From literature to art, from photography to graphic design, from gardening to food and beverage culture, and from children's books to comics, Minoa brings together more than 45,000 Turkish and English books to its customers. For visitors, they offer design products in the field of stationery and home decoration, as well as books.

Akaretler is one of the most popular and eye-pleasing districts of Istanbul. The building of Minoa, located in Akaretler, attracts attention with its modern design. Minoa offers its visitors a spacious environment where they can work in peace. One of the quiet places to read and study.

Petra Roasting Co. Beşiktaş

Petra is the right place, especially for those who appreciate good coffee. In addition to making great coffee, it is a very good option for those who are looking for study spaces with gardens. It is definitely one of the best study areas with its tables large enough to study with your friends. There will be plenty of other people working with you if you choose Petra because it is a popular place for informal meetings and solo work.


MOC Bomonti

MOC Bomonti is a great spot to enjoy one of their specialty coffees or a light lunch while working. With plenty of seats, large tables, comfortable chairs, good free wifi, and English-speaking staff, you’re bound to have a good time here. The location is very central but it can be hard to find if you are new in the area. A note, if you are there on a Sunday, there is a great flea market just around the cafe!

Kronotrop Levent Eatery

Kronotrop is one of the most famous coffee shops in Istanbul, especially for third-wave coffee lovers. In Levent, Kronotrop opened a huge space with various large tables and comfortable seating for remote working people. The place is so home likely with its warm atmosphere and carpets. They serve great coffee and healthy food like breakfast bowls. There will be many cool people around if you choose Kronotrop to work, you can meet with people from different sectors with its friendly atmosphere.

 

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