A South African coffee company has set up shop in Sirkeci, offering a full line of brewed coffee drinks, and maybe a sandwich around tea time. Located on my normal walking route, just to the left of the main enterance to the Legacey Ottoman Hotel, Brew Coffeeworks seems to be another step in the gradual gentrification of what only 20 years ago was a lower working class back-alley where even the police were loath to enter. Today, where gangsters might have snap legs, Japanese tour groups snap photos of rehabilitated architecture, standing shoulder-to-window with the still-dilapidated majority.
In Istanbul, you can find Turkish Coffee or tea on any street, at any time, but if you crave a more European brewed drinks, IE: espresso, cappucino, cafe latte, there may only be a handful of places around who can deliver the goods. Sirkeci is certainly not flush with a coffee-house crowd, but there are choices, and even good ones. Brew Coffeeworks is one of them. The cappucino was as good as any I have had in Istanbul, though a bit pricy when you are paying in Lira.
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