Located within walking distance of many downtown businesses and attractions, Cafe Sevda offers a genuine Turkish experience in the heart of Scranton.





Who we are

We are a full-service cafe Turkish cafe featuring a vast selection of delicacies from house-brewed coffee to baklava. We offer a variety of seating styles and options in a vibrant downtown cafe setting.


Turkish Culture (blog)

Reposted from Scranton Time


Rooted in love and family ties, Café Sevda offers its customers an intimate place to gather for a cup of coffee, tea and a mix of Turkish/American dishes and delicacies.

Brothers Kerim and Nariman Kerimoglu co-own the downtown Scranton café, which opened Sept. 3 at 323 N. Washington Ave. They named it after their sister, Sevda, whose name means “love” in Turkish.

Kerim, 18, said that after moving to the city from Chicago several years ago, he and his brother, 26, thought the downtown needed something unique and different. They started researching how to run a business in Scranton in February, and Café Sevda soon came to life.

The cafe provides customers with a cozy atmosphere, one lined with traditional Turkish artwork and decor, American artwork and enlarged photographs of places such as the Brooklyn Bridge. Complemented by huge windows bringing in natural light, Café Sevda contains a variety of seating options, such as couches fit for big groups and intimate tables perfect for smaller gatherings and people studying.

“I want this to be a place where people come after business hours,” said Kerim, a first-year biology student at University of Scranton. “I want students from the University of Scranton, Lackawanna College or Marywood University to come here to study and do homework.”

He highlighted that Café Sevda serves a variety of wraps — such as turkey, chicken salad, veggie hummus, tuna and Turkish gyro — in addition to Julienne, Greek and chicken Caesar salad selections. Also available are sweet and savory crepes topped with fruit and sauces, including chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, raspberry and Nutella.

In addition to food options, the cafe also provides a mix of Turkish delicacies.

“Many people seem to like our baklava,” Kerim said, noting the cafe offers the treat with pistachio and walnuts.

Other delicacies include Turkish delights, offered in fruit or nut flavors; Turkish borek, served in sigara or rose; Turkish soft drinks in flavors such as pomegranate, peach, carrot, sour cherry and apricot; simit, offered plain or stuffed with cucumber, tomato or feta cheese; Turkish cakes; and pogaca, a stuffed bread with a savory flavor served with white cheese and parsley. Café Sevda also serves gluten-free and vegan-alternative baked goods.

The wide selection of drinks includes hot and cold coffee from Electric City Roasting Co. plus Turkish coffee and tea; hot chocolate; espresso; café Americano; cappuccino; lattes; café mocha and blanca; milkshakes in vanilla, chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, Reese’s and Oreo flavors; green iced tea; and smoothies in mango, strawberry, strawberry banana, piña colada and peach flavors.

“I like working in the Scranton community because people are very friendly, and there is a lot of support,” Kerim Kerimoglu said. “I love getting to meet new people.”

Contact the writer: esilva@timesshamrock.com

Café Sevda

Address: 323 N. Washington Ave.



Hours: Mondays through Thursdays,

8 a.m. to 10 p.m.;

Fridays, 8 a.m. to

midnight; Saturdays,

9 a.m. to midnight; Sundays, 10 a.m.

to 8 p.m.

Owners: Kerim and Nariman Kerimoglu

Cuisine: Turkish/American cafe, with vegan alternatives

September 2016


Call (570) 851-2017 or Email cafesevda1@gmail.com. You can also fill out the form below: