There are 4 things I look for in a cafe or co-working space – a comfortable chair, good 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 was 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 Kadıköy, a swanky neighbourhood filled with cafes and restaurants on the Asian side of the Bosphorus.
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, Kadıköy is worth visiting for a stroll around the neighbourhood and along the parks on the bank on the Sea 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 Ayrılık Çeşmesi.
A slightly longer, but far more pleasant and historic route is to take the Tünel underground funicular (and the 2nd oldest underground subway line in the world) to Karaköy, and take a ferry over to Kadıköy.
TRAFI is an awesome app for finding your way around Istanbul’s public transport network.
Address: Rasimpaşa, Yurttaş Sk. No:3, 34716 Kadıköy/İstanbul, Turkey
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 11am
Price: First hour – 10 TL, Extra hours – 7 TL, All day – 30TL