Istanbul, Turkey

Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. The culinary scene is as diverse as its heritage, and locals take their eating seriously. Favoursome mezes, freshly caught fish and kebabs are to be enjoyed with the national drink rakı (grape spirit infused with aniseed). With its long history at the center of empires, Istanbul offers a wealth of historic and religious places to take in, dating back to Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods.

Women digital nomads will most likely have no problems in Istanbul, however there are instances of Turkish men approaching foreign women or following them. In general, Istanbul is pretty safe and petty crime is low. However, be careful around the Old Town as pickpocketing and bag snatching can happen. It is advisable to avoid hanging out alone in Taksim late at night or on weekends, especially on the main street Istikal Cadessi. *Update: A reader has informed us about her experience being propositioned with sex after accepting coffee/tea from Turkish men. While some Turkish men may genuinely want to befriend you and want nothing more, it is advisable to politely decline drinks from male strangers.

While Istanbul is not the cheapest city in the world, it is neither considered an expensive city to live in. There are good coworking spaces to work from, and wifi can be found in many cafes.

Istanbul has a temperate oceanic climate which is influenced by a continental climate, with hot and humid summers and cold, wet and occasionally snowy winters. The best time to visit Istanbul is September to November (fall). That's when the crowds diminish, the rates drop, and weather is spectacular.

Coworking Spaces in Istanbul

Le Büro İstanbul

Le Büro İstanbul

Kemankeş caddesi Halil Paşa Sokak

Kolektif House

Kolektif House

Sadi Konuralp Cad. – 5



İstiklal Cad. Kallavi Sokak No:1 Kat:3, Beyoğlu

Cafes with wifi

Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.

Places to exercise


Running along the Bosphorus

Run along the side of the Bosphorus around Bebek/Arnavutkoy area. Lots of women run there, the scenery is beautiful and there are always people about so you will be perfectly safe.


Cihangir Yoga

The majority of the classes are in Turkish, but there are always English speakers among the students (and sometimes the teachers themselves) who are more than eager to help with the translation.


CrossFit 34

Istanbul's first and largest CrossFit box.