If you get exhausted from the daily life of a crowded, bustling city like Istanbul, local coffee shops and bookstores around the city can be a place of tranquility
Living in a big city has its ups and downs on personal life and personal time. In a city that is constantly on the go, people are always on the hunt for a relaxing way to spend their free time. What better way to do this than grabbing a cup of coffee and a good book and curling up in a bookstore cafe. Simple yet charming, these shops are all around Istanbul for students, scholars, professors and businessmen to enjoy a comfortable read and some tasty drinks.Around every corner you can come across these half coffee house-half library or bookstore cafes with interesting books and delicious drinks appealing to all kinds of people in the city. One of the daintiest cafes that follow the theme of coffee shop-bookstore is Minoa located in Besiktaş. The comfortable and intimate design of the shop is appropriate to the snug corner that it occupies on the top of the Akaretler hill. It is no surprise that people choose this unique cafe to spend their whole day reading and relaxing as well as chatting with friends. The location of the shop is perfect for sitting and watching the street from a comfortable seat. This cozy little shop is a favorite among loyal bookworms as it offers a great variety of novels in English and Turkish, fashion magazines and city guides for curious eyes and language books for curious minds. If you are not one much for books, but you are looking for a place to work and sip on a delicious coffee, grab your laptop and head over to Minoa for the ideal blend of a quiet and creative atmosphere. It is not only the amazing variety of books that capture the hearts of literature enthusiasts, it is also the delightful array of homemade pastries, deserts and good quality coffee. Stop by for breakfast and enjoy freshly baked pastries and granola with fresh fruits and homemade yogurt.
Tosbağa Street in Beyoğlu is home to one of the most popular bookstore coffee shop themed cafes. Z Books Coffee Store is a favorite among students in Taksim. Its quiet and serene environment is the perfect place if you are tired of your local library and looking for a place to sit and read for hours at a time. The sophisticated Z Books Coffee Store is not preoccupied with filling its selves with bestsellers, but rather with rare and original books while aiming to enhance and enlarge their library with unique literary pieces. Booklovers will enjoy the fact that they can find exclusive and unusual books side by side as well as an area for themselves in the little bookstore that ensures a silent zone for those looking to catch up on their reading. Being able to do all this and enjoy a nice warm coffee while doing so is the most attractive part of this unusual little bookshop cafe.
The most creative and impressive coffee bookstore goes to Kitaplı Kahve, a three-story mansion located in Altunizade, Üsküdar. From the moment you walk into the garden you are enchanted with the quiet chatter about books and literature and the aroma of coffee. If you listen carefully you can pick up the sound of a piano playing on one of the upper floors of the complex, which are dedicated to workshops of various kinds, including guitar, piano, art and different kinds of classic Turkish arts, whereas the first floor of the mansion is dedicated to Kitaplı Kahve. The garden of the cafe has picnic tables where university students sit and enjoy tea while discussing the books they are reading. Upon entering the coffee bookshop you are met with shelves filled with books, so many that there are books stacked on the floors and windowsills. The number of books in the shop started at 300 and is know well over 6,000, which was the count in 2013. This warm and comfy shop is like a second home to many students. The store gives pencils to all of their customers, or "guests," as they are thought of by the owner, so that they can write notes in the books they are reading. That's right, you can scribble your thoughts down in the books so that someone after you might read what you had written and share your ideas. Kitaplı Kahve often hosts many different writers and literary critics for the reading activities they organize. These events not only attract the attention of student but also professors from universities all around Istanbul.