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lokanta helvetia

#172 of 11,431 Restaurants in Istanbul
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New City / Taksim
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General Yazgan Sokak, No: 8, Istanbul, Turkey
0090212 245 8780
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Refreshingly light take on traditional food

We found this cafe quite by accident, on a ramble from the Pera Museum to Galeta tower and it was the best meal we had during our stay. The cafe is small and really charming, in a simple old building with white walls and vintage furniture. We noticed how packed it was, with what looked like a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Ireland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We found this cafe quite by accident, on a ramble from the Pera Museum to Galeta tower and it was the best meal we had during our stay. The cafe is small and really charming, in a simple old building with white walls and vintage furniture. We noticed how packed it was, with what looked like a combination of locals... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Eating lunch at Helvetia was the perfect culinary experience. The restaurant is very cosy and sometimes a bit crowded, but once you taste their food there is no excuse for not coming back! Helvetia has dishes for all kinds of taste (cold, warm, vegetarian etc). Rice, bulgur, cabbage, spinach, lentils and chickpeas, as well as chicken, meatballs and so much... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The concept of this restarant is unique. They serve wonderful food which you choose from the counter. Fresh and local flavours. For only 12 TL per plate. The ambiance is simlple and non-assuming. Not suited for long romantic or elaborate dining. perfect value for money!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

You can never leave here hungry or unsatisfied. There a large number of traditional food with great taste. You can order 5 different meals in a plate for 12 TL, and it's quite enough to fully fill your stomach. Both meat and vegeterian are included to price. It can be difficult to find a place to sit at lunch time... More 

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Turin, Italy
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Helvetia Lokanta is a nice place to eat something fast, but without renouncing to quality. It offers a good range of different foods you can compose your plate with, and usually some soups too. I was really surprised by how cheap it was. Absolutely recommended!

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

his is a great place for vegetarians/vegans. Located a street away from the Istiklal Street, Helvetia can be initially tough to find as the restaurant has no signboard outside. It is located right opposite The House Cafe in Asmalımescit. Before taking a seat you need to visit the counter and select your 5 dishes from a selection of perhaps 15.... More 

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Malatya Province, Turkey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Mostly home style ,vegeterian, cheap, fresh cooked food, you can choose 5 dishes for a big plate, friendly and attentive service, nothing negative, highly recommended

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Delicious vegeterian Turkish food with reasonable prices. Mostly crowded, you're lucky if you find a seat anyhow worth to queue up

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Bologna, Italy
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5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

They have a selection of food (mainly vegetables): one can pick up to 5 choices to compose a plate. We tried many things and they were all delicious! We shared the table with other people - a good opportunity to meet locals and chat with them - Last but not least, it was very cheap -only 11 TL each for... More 

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Antalya, Turkey
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100 reviews 100 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Looking for a decent restaurant for luncharound Taksim in Istanbul? Helvetia is the place to enjoy a delicious lunch all with fresh cooked food and attentive service with reasonable price... Highly recommended for all...

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: General Yazgan Sokak, No: 8, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > New City / Taksim
  • Neighborhood: New City / Taksim
  • Phone Number: 0090212 245 8780

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 15

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