Did you know you can easily escape the hustle and bustle of Bodrum, Türkiye’s most popular holiday destination and expat hub? I strongly advise setting aside time to really enjoy the peace and take the opportunity to socialize over a perfectly brewed cup of coffee and a divine pastry. In fact, these cafes, which I consider to be the best holiday hotspots, definitely offer more than just coffee, as this list could also be used to find the best pastries in town.
If you haven’t visited Zai Bodrum yet, this has to be on everyone’s must-do list in Bodrum. Not only is it a new wave library and bookstore with lots of cozy lounging places to read, but there are delicious pastries and coffee as well as breakfast and a concise but extensive menu, with burgers and pizzas. The main attraction of Zai Bodrum remains its outdoor patio spaces decorated with spectacularly innovative sculptures. It’s hard to believe that this sprawling oasis of leafy trees, plants and a garden is located just off Konacık’s main thoroughfare. An inspiring place at any time of the day, keep in mind that Zai is closed on Mondays and only accepts guests over 15 years old.
The first place for a coffee outing in Bitez that is well worth checking out is Hey Joe, a new-age hipster café with delicious sweet and savory pastries that serves as a haven for telecommuters. In all honesty, Hey Joe has that quintessential cafe vibe, if someone said you were in San Francisco or Los Angeles, you wouldn’t even blink. Although it’s not a huge space, the cozy and authentic vibe certainly makes up for it. Nonetheless, the cafe has indoor and outdoor seating as well as a ground floor that houses art exhibits. There are also three Hey Joe branches in the Anatolian university town of Eskişehir and a branch serving breakfast items such as Eggs Benedict in Istanbul’s lively and charming Moda district.
Kaktus Kitapli Coffee
This cafe with coffee, pastries, snacks, and spirits doubles as an authentic bookstore with walls lined with floor-to-ceiling shelves laden with a wonderful selection of even sweeter-smelling books. Kaktus Café is a favorite for many. Located in the heart of Bodrum on one of the city’s winding cobbled streets, this one is called “Adliye Sokak”, Kaktus Café offers plenty of seating options with tables directly on the street which also houses a number of popular restaurants. You can also opt to read a book in a cozy corner by the fireplace or take advantage of the courtyard at the back of the building. With a second floor dedicated to hosting cultural and artistic events, Kaktus Café also offers a wide range of carefully selected newly published Turkish books as well as a selection of second-hand books offered in English, French and German. The cafe is open every day except Monday.
Providers of the Munchbox, which are creative and beautifully decorated snack boxes of savory or sweet pastries, delicatessen products, fruits and chocolates, Café Ciboulette is a quaint venue in a central location in Bodrum that offers all of the above and more. . Owned by three partners, including German expat Roger Lange, also known as “Roger the Baker”, and located in the central district of Eskiçeşme in Bodrum, this cafe whose main attraction is undoubtedly the delicious pastries offered, is a great place to socialize and watch the world go by.
Maride Café, a bakery and café with arguably some of the best pastries on offer in town, is certainly not to be outdone in the croissant department. Located in Bitez, Maride Café has a large, relaxing and lush garden where one can spend the day snacking on their divine pastries like croissants and almond cakes, breakfast or a full menu with burgers and works. The garden has comfortable rattan seating and serves as an oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Bitez, the neighboring community center and competitor to central Bodrum.
YalIcapkinI Kitchen & Cafe
Call me biased, but Yalıçapkını has been one of Yalikavak’s best hangout spots in Bodrum for years and is undoubtedly a favorite with the expat community that lives in this popular area of the peninsula. Decorated with antiques and kitschy items from around the world combined with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, an extensive and appealing menu of world cuisine from morning to night, during which they also serve coffees and specialty spirits, Yalıçapkını is an unparalleled feature venue with a welcoming ambience that has served as a saving grace for expats looking for a place to read a book, listen to rock, pop and jazz classics and socialize with neighboring tables.
Housed in a restored olive oil factory dating back to the 1800s, Yağhane is certainly a source and place of inspiration. With a secret garden containing murals of Poseidon and Athena drawn by local artists, a century-old olive tree, and a menu of Italian snacks and coffees, Yağhane is a quaint place to enjoy a cup of coffee and more, while containing also a store with spectacular products. and gift options all related to the olive oil that is still pressed there to this day. Located in Ortakent, this is a special place that took the owners six months of renovation work to bring it to what it is today, which is a wonderful respite from the city and a place that gives a glimpse of life at this very location hundreds of years ago.
The name of this café refers to the Swedish concept of stopping everything to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee with friends, which is exactly what you can do in this bright and uplifting place in Bitez. Simply decorated in white and light wood with indoor plants serving as color blocks, Fika is a great place to relax and let time stand still for a moment while enjoying a cup of coffee on small round wooden tables and on benches located inside and outside. Catch a ray of sunshine and enjoy a croissant and coffee with friends at this special community café whose name is described in their slogan as: “A time to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life”.