Starbucks in Istanbul


Acibadem 99054, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/2/2013

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Akmerkez, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/1/2013

Cute baristas!

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Altiyol, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/2/2013

This newer store might just have the largest patio that I have seen anywhere in the world. On top of that, the store displays a super cool mural depicting bulls, which are the symbol of Kadikoy.

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Astoria, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/31/2013

The other Astoria, far, far from Queens.

BAHARIYE 3430, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/2/2013

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Bebek 99074, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/29/2013

I've known of this store for years, and now that I finally visit I see that it completely deserves its reputation as one of the best in Europe. You will of course notice the view at first, which can be enjoyed from any of four levels, although I recommend the top floor as the best vantage point--if you can find a spot on the tiny patio, that is. If you can peel yourself away from the view of strait and walk around, you will notice some unique features. On the ground floor, a wall-sized painting of a ship. Go down one level, and you will probably notice a large map on the wall, labeled "Carte de Constantinople", to give you an idea of its age. Look around some more, and you will see a diving helmet on a shelf above a condiment bar, an old black and white image titled "Kiosque de Bebek", a pair of oars, and something else nautically-related that I could not identify. And it goes without saying that the entire store is spacious and smartly decorated. Oh, and it even has a second bar up top--there are only a handful of Starbucks around the world with two bars.

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Besiktas 99052, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/29/2013

The sign for this store is unusual, and inside you will find a unique mural on the bottom floor, and on the top floor a metal wall that provides a contrast with the brick walls downstairs.

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Besiktas Campus, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: 9/1/2011, PHOTO: 5/29/2013

Though smaller than the nearby Besiktas store, this location has the advantage of being right next door to a university.

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Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/30/2013

Yo, peep the decorative tile and the chandelier at this store, or sit on the second floor and look down upon the lobby.

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Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/1/2013, ORIGINAL VISIT: 5/31/2013

On a university campus, this location has a bit of an unusual design. The lobby, where customers queue, is tiny, and I imagine the line usually extends out the door. Customers who try to find seating upstairs will be surprised to find a Muji store--the seating is actually in an adjacent room, and also outside on a patio shared with nearby Friends cafe.

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Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/5/2013

Though small, this store has a pretty design, but the real reason you should visit is for the view. Now, you don't actually get the view from the Starbucks itself, but from the pathway leading down into the courtyard in front of the building.

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Bostanci, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/3/2013

Very close to the water, and if you sit on the patio you get a bit of a view. Not spectacular, mostly the hills beyond the water, but still prettier than the view at your average Starbucks.

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Caddebostan Sahil, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/3/2013

This large store has a fresher design, some unusual furniture, and WOULD have a view of the water if it weren't for a stupid Migros grocery store in the way!

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Capacity, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/4/2013

One of two in this mall.

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Capitol, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: 11/1/2003, PHOTO: 6/2/2013

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Carousel, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/4/2013

Heh. This store, in the Carousel shopping centre, is actually right across from a carousel!!!

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CEVAHIR 3426, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/31/2013

Okay, I'm not sure this store is labeled correctly, as far as the Starbucks website goes. There are two stores in this mall, about 50 metres from one another. The receipt for this one reads "STARBUCKS COFFEE CEVAHIR", so I used the CEVAHIR 3426 listing. I've no idea what the 3426 means. See my comments for "Debenhams Cevahir (Dead)".

Cevahir Meydan, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/31/2013

Right behind this store is a large, posh, shopping mall with two Starbucks, but you'll want to hang out at this one inside. The building is old and pretty, the floor tile is decorative, and the view from upstairs, of the plaza, offers some great people-watching. Also, if you take your time and look closely, you will see neat little decorations throughout.

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Ciftehavuzlar, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/3/2013

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Club Sporium 99132, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/5/2013

Attached to a gym!

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D&R Capacity, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/4/2013

Typically, the stores inside other stores are just uninteresting kiosks, but this one is actually a better hangout than the inline store, because it has an outdoor patio with a view. It's not a great view, but at least the water is barely visible above the buildings. The smoking sucks, though.

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Dalyan 99092, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/3/2013

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Debenhams Cevahir (Dead), Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/31/2013

Okay, I'm not sure this store is labeled correctly, as far as the Starbucks website goes. There are two stores in this mall, about 50 metres from one another. The receipt for this one reads "STARBUCKS COFFEE DEBENHAMS", but the listing I used from the website reads "Debenhams Cevahir (Dead)". But that's not all. There is another listing on the website, "Debenhams Cevahir 99048 (Closed)", and when I inquired, I learned that it had merely closed for "repair" (he probably meant renovation) and reopened in the same place. So basically, I don't understand the listings--all I know is that I've been to two stores in the mall. That works for now, but if they ever relocate either of the two stores in the future, I might have trouble figuring that out.

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Elmadag, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/30/2013


Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: 1/1/2003, PHOTO: 6/5/2013

One of the oldest stores in Turkey.

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Findikli, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/29/2013

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Galatasaray, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: 1/1/2005, PHOTO: 5/30/2013

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Galleria, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/4/2013

This store is unusual because, unlike most stores in malls here in Istanbul, it has a door to the outside that doesn't require going through a metal detector. However, one cannot access the rest of the mall without going into the hallway and through security.

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Gayrettepe, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/31/2013

Cool view from outside, of some kind of twin towers.

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Guzelbahce 99131, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/30/2013

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Historia, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: 8/18/2008, PHOTO: 6/1/2013, ORIGINAL VISIT: 5/31/2013


IST - Ataturk Int Airport Arrivals, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/3/2008


IST - Ataturk Intl Airport Duty, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/4/2008

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Istanbul World Trade Center DTM 991, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/3/2008

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Kadikoy Carsi, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/2/2013

Almost right across from the water.

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Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/1/2013, ORIGINAL VISIT: 5/31/2013

To visit this store, you must obtain a pass from the security office.

Kanyon 99046, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/1/2013

A very stylishly-designed mall store!

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Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: 1/1/2010, PHOTO: 5/29/2013

Small, but if you sit on the patio, you'll get a great view of the water!

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Kosuyolu, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/2/2013

Three stories!

Levent Metro, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/1/2013

As of my visit, this was the only such location in Istanbul, in a metro station.

Marmara Forum, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/4/2013

This store, one of two inside this mall, has an outdoor patio with a view. It's mostly a view of rooftops and mosque minarets, but a view nonetheless.

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Marmara Forum - D\R, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/4/2013

This store, one of two inside this mall, is the first I've seen in Turkey that is inside another store, D & R, a music and bookstore.

Mayadrom 99070, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: 1/1/2006, PHOTO: 6/5/2013


Metro City, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/4/2008


Moda 99093, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: 1/1/2008, PHOTO: 6/3/2013

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Nautilus Mall, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/2/2013

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Nisantasi, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/30/2013

This store has an outdoor patio that was packed when I visited, something I found puzzling because it is the back of the store and has no view. There is also a downstairs seating area that I found more appealing because of the mirrors that give it a greater sense of space.

Nisantasi Citys, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/30/2013

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Nuruosmaniye 99117, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/4/2008

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OMUR 3432, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/4/2008


Ortakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: 1/1/2006, PHOTO: 5/29/2013

Two stories.

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Ortakoy Sahil, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: 7/1/2012, PHOTO: 5/29/2013

This spectacularly charming location has FOUR STORIES, and a wonderful view from the top floor!

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Profilo, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: 2/1/2003, PHOTO: 6/1/2013

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Sultanahmet 99112, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/4/2008

Actual visit June 3.

Sureyyapasa, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/3/2013

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Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 5/30/2013

This store is fairly small, and hence always packed in this heavily touristy part of the city.

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TOWNCENTER 3431, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/4/2013

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Tunel 99089, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: 1/1/2006, PHOTO: 5/30/2013

This huge store, one of several along a popular thoroughfare, seems to go on forever. It's worth walking its entire length, though, because the two back rooms display a gallery of photographs, mostly of the local Tunel neighborhood.

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Yeni Sahra Optimum, Istanbul, Turkey
OPENED: ???, PHOTO: 6/5/2013

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