Fast public Wi-Fi, good coffee and comfy seats. A perfect storm for those who work remotely in the city.
Luckily, certain venues now offer even more.
Since most of us are struggling to get to the office or to school on these snowy days, check out the five spots we listed for working remotely in Istanbul.
Olmadık Projeler Atölyesi
Why: Unlike other co-working spaces, you don’t have to rent a desk. You just pay for what you eat and drink.
This co-working space in Balat is unique in the area. Upstairs there is Tablet & Coffee where you can work while having a cup of coffee and tasty homemade cakes. Downstairs you will find the studio with a green screen and soft box available for use. Olmadık Projeler Atölyesi is a great place for meeting new people and teaming up with them. You can rent the space for an hour, half a day or a day to hold meetings.
Why: Known for its stylish and relaxing atmosphere, it is one of the best options around Beyoğlu.
Part of Soho House Istanbul, The Allis is open to non-members. It offers a daily-changing lunch and dinner menu, tea from 3-6 pm and delicious cocktails, so you don’t have to worry about food. The Allis has a spacious lounge with super comfy seats and a cute garden overlooking Palazzo Corpi (great during spring and summer).
Beyazıt State Library
Why: Its extensive archive appeals to researchers and students, while the stunning architecture is a feast for the eyes.
Renovated by Tabanlıoğlu Architects, Turkey’s first state library now represents the harmony of old and new. With a capacity of up to 400 people, it has small and large reading rooms, a special section for visually impaired readers and an archive containing 1 million documents. Don’t miss the black glass boxes that hold rare manuscripts.
Tasarım Bookshop & Cafe
Why: With its cozy working environment, this bookstore café in Kadıköy is one of the best options on the Asian side.
You can focus on your work in comfort at Tasarım Bookshop & Café, which especially appeals to designers, architects and artists. Feel free to leaf through the inspiring books covering a wide range of subjects. Upstairs is for working in silence while tables near the entrance are great for a break and some people watching.
Kolektif House Levent
Why: Kolektif House’s third branch offers almost everything you can expect from a co-working space.
No, we aren’t exaggerating. Let’s see what Kolektif House Levent provides for its members: offices with backyards and balconies, massages done by Balinese masseuses, breathing exercises, Monday breakfast, coffee from Geyik Coffee Roastery, workshops for startups…You can choose the one of four different membership option that best fits your needs. The event area KoLounge and meeting room KoRoom are available to non-members.
Olmadık Projeler Atölyesi: Hızır Çavuş Mescidi Sok. No: 40 Balat – (0212) 635 70 60
The Allis: Evliya Çelebi Mah. Meşrutiyet Cad. No: 56 Beyoğlu – (0212) 377 71 00
Beyazıt State Library: Turan Emeksiz Sok. No: 6 Beyazıt – (0212) 522 31 67
Tasarım Bookshop & Cafe: Nevzemin Sok. No: 6A Kadıköy – (0216) 418 39 38
Kolektif House Levent: Esentepe Mah. Talatpaşa Cad. No: 5 Levent – (0212) 924 24 10
Olmadık Projeler Atölyesi: Coffee 5-11TL
The Allis: Afternoon tea 12-29TL, juices 10TL
Tasarım Bookshop & Cafe: Sandwiches 14TL, desserts 9TL, herbal teas 10TL
Click here to see the membership options at Kolektif House Levent.