One of my favorite past-times when visiting cities all over the world is finding myself a good cafe with atmosphere, grabbing a drink and a bite to eat and spending a couple hours people-watching.
|Tomtom Mh., Tosbağa Sokak No:2, 34433 İstanbul, Turkey|
Kafe Ara in Istanbul is named after the most renowned Turkish photographer of all time - Ara Guler. Giant prints of his black and white photographs adorn the walls of this quirky, bohemian spot across the street from the Galatasaray high school on Istaklal Caddessi.
With wooden floors and smoke-filled hazy interiors usually filled with artists, intellectuals and students, this cafe is my go to hangout when in Istanbul.
If you do find yourself here, I highly recommend their amazing Mexican hot chocolate.