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“A welcome break from Turkish food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ara Cafe

Ara Cafe
Tomtom Mah. Yeni Carsi Cad. Tosbaga Sok. No:2 Cihangir, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey (New City / Taksim)
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Ranked #118 of 11,077 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: New City / Taksim
Del Mar, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A welcome break from Turkish food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

My friend and I were on the last day of our 4-day trip to Istanbul and had enjoyed our share of traditional cuisine of kebabs, aubergine, beans, etc. We stumbled upon this cafe which had plenty of locals dining and thought it was a good sign. When I saw the gorgeous quinoa salad on the menu, I was sold. We ended up eating there for lunch and dinner in one day. We shared the quinoa salad twice and also tried the ravioli and veggie lasagna and chocolate cake with ice cream... Yum!

The service was fine- not overly friendly but we were so busy talking we didn't really notice the service either way.

I would recommend to anyone wants a cozy cafe with plenty of yummy non-Turkish items on the menu. Lots of salads to choose from too.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hermosa Beach, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“great place to take a break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

its in the middle of the istiklal street atmosphere is great food is great prices are ok. ( its worth to sit there have a coffee or a nice meal). i wanted to go there and drink a glass of vine but they don't serve alcohol.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dusseldorf, Germany
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“a nice place to stop by while walking Istiklal street”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

But staff could more be friendly. A bit pricy but the offering is a welcome alternative to the usual food in alternative cafès. It has alfresco and smoking is not permitted inside, but expect that people smoke outside (as everywhere I have been to in the world (except Australia)). If you are into phtography you should not miss this place

Visited August 2013
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“Not pleased”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

The most expensive and awful cofee i ve ever tasted. They tried to charge the water to us knowing that we are tourists !

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sparti
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Very nice place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Very nice place to have a tea or meal. Prices are reasonable. Food is very good. We also met Ara Guller!!

Visited June 2013
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