It’s not easy being a café in an up-and-coming district: before you know it, your cred can vanish faster than the student clientele, all driven away by the fast rot of gentrification. But Karabatak in Karaköy seems to be weathering the process.
If you can find a space amongst the local creative set, this little gem is one of the best spots in the city to get your daily dose of the dark black stuff. Out front, aspiring artists, deadline-busting journalists, and Karaköy natives survey the neighborhood. You don’t get that sort of eclectic mix at Starbucks.