Matruska Anticafe Instanbul

Istanbul’s Best Hidden Cafe For Working

There are 4 things I look for in a cafe or co-working space –┬áa┬ácomfortable chair, ┬ágood air-conditioning (or heating in winter), fast Wifi, and ideally, a steady flow of green tea to sip on.

After falling in love with Ukraine’s anti-cafes and co-working spaces, I struggled to find somewhere good to work from in Istanbul, Turkey. The library and at SALT Galata┬áwas an okay option, but the doors open at mid-day, and you’ll need to arrive by 12:05 PM to find a decent desk to work from.

I’d almost given up on finding the ideal place to work from, when I decided to see if there was an anti-cafe in Istanbul.

Matruska Anti Cafe

Matruska Anti Cafe is Istanbul’s hidden co-working secret, tucked away on a quiet street in┬áKad─▒k├Ây, a swanky neighbourhood filled with cafes and restaurants┬áon the Asian side of the┬áBosphorus.


Matruska is Istanbul’s first anti-cafe, it seems like people in Turkey don’t quite understand the anti-cafe concept yet, the place is usually pretty quiet, which means there should be plenty of tables to work from.


The WiFi is fast, and there’s plenty of coffee (including Turkish coffee), tea, and snacks to keep you fuelled while you work. You will also find comfy chairs to relax in, board games, and a resident cat. The neighbourhood is full of restaurants, eateries and bakeries to try for lunch.


How To Find Matrushka Anti Cafe, Istanbul

If you’re visiting Istanbul, Kad─▒k├Ây is worth visiting for a stroll around the neighbourhood and along the parks on the bank on the┬áSea of Marmara.

From Istikal street, you can take the Metro from either Taksim or Shisane station to Yanikapi, and switch to the Marmaray train to Ayr─▒l─▒k ├çe┼čmesi.

A slightly longer, but far more pleasant and historic route is to take the T├╝nel underground funicular (and the 2nd oldest underground subway line in the world) to Karak├Ây, and take a ferry over to┬áKad─▒k├Ây.

TRAFI is an awesome app for finding your way around Istanbul’s public transport network.

Address:┬áRasimpa┼ča, Yurtta┼č Sk. No:3, 34716 Kad─▒k├Ây/─░stanbul, Turkey
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 11am
Price: First hour – 10 TL, Extra hours – 7 TL, All day – 30TL