Week #3: A Cup of Tea in Karaköy

My next #breakfast destination is hidden between iş hans (office blocks) and bazaars in Karaköy. It’s not located where the most fashionable coffee shops in Tophane/Karaköy area are, but it’s on the other side of Karaköy, close to the Arab camii and just behind the Tünel entrance.

 

You might find some poetry hidden on your sugar box.

Dem Karaköy is definitely my cup of tea: beautiful interior design infused with the smell of freshly infused tea and, of course, a good breakfast. Besides the usual simit, bal and kaymak and omelette choices, here they offer also more healthy breakfast options: avocado toasts and salads. And a variety of tea to choose from. I am sorry, but coffee lovers won’t be happy in this tea heaven: they don’t serve any type of coffee, except the basic Turkish coffee.

What was my choice? Omelette with avocado salad and Chai tea. I loved small green olives in yummy olive oil that were served on the side.

It’s a small place and gets pretty busy on weekends, so I recommend you to reserve your spot. I came during the week when it was pretty empty. If you are searching for place to work during the week and you had enough of Starbucks, then this might be a good alternative.

Adress: Arap Cami Mah. Söğüt Sok. No: 1 Eski Posta Han, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul. They also have another branch in Moda; Caferağa Mah., Şair Nefi Sok. 9/A, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul.

P. S.: If you really like Turkish tea, this might not be a place for you, as many other types of tea are served. Same goes for Turkish coffee. But if you live abroad, Amazon can save you: they actually sell Turkish Tea; glasses for Turkish tea and a Tea pot to cook it.

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