Coffee houses in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakır are the most recent victims of the country’s flailing economy, which has negatively impacted both owners and customers alike.
Coffee houses have long been symbols of economic turmoil in the country. Many frequenters to coffee house, which are places for socialising, card games and entertainment, have historically been unemployed.
The Kurdish city of Diyarbakır in the country’s southeast had a strong coffee house culture, with more than 1,000 coffee houses in the city. Despite their name, coffee houses in Turkey primarily serve tea. But this culture is beginning to change and they have started to offer fast food to compete with cafes.