Vefa Bozacisi
Vefa Bozacisi
4.5
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Neighborhood: Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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  • Vezneciler • 6 min walk
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  • worldnomad_01
    Los Angeles, California1,599 contributions
    A very interesting experience
    We came to Istanbul determined to taste something we have never tasted before, something strange and different, and of which we learned from a TV program about a thorough visit to the city. We wanted to taste Boza. Turkish Boza is a thick, light brownish, fermented malt drink made from bulgur wheat, some sugar and some water, typically served here in water glasses, with cinnamon and roasted chickpeas on top. It has a sweet and tart flavor and ... you may like it or you may not… Vefa Bozacisi is a minuscule, one room business which has been continuously run by the same family (now the fourth generation), since 1876, and located very close to Suleymaniye Mosque. They seem to be quite known is Istanbul and purportedly even Ataturk was here to serve their drink in 1937, as evidenced by a photo proudly displayed in the shop. The place is immaculately clean and it's like a trip back in time, more than a hundred years ago, with outdated furniture, shelves and floor...
    Written November 20, 2022
  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland25,663 contributions
    Boza, no more in a glass, but in a plastic cup
    In March 2016 I had written a detailed and positive review about this well known, but quite hidden little place. This summer I came with my wife and our grown-up grandson on his first visit to Istanbul to give him a chance to taste 'Boza', a once very popular drink from fermented wheat or millet, that now only gets sold at this place anymore. Vefa is the name of the quarter, below the Suleymaniye Mosque, where it is to be found. As before we first went to the shop just opposite, the 'Tarihi Vefa Leblecisi' (Historic Vefa Chickpea Seller) from 1922, since to put roasted chickpeas into the fermented boza is part of the tradition. All in all the experience this time was a bit disappointing, at least for me, who has known the place from several previous visits. There was a completely bored looking and unmotivated young man in charge, who just lined up the boza in white plastic cups, together with plastic spoons. In this way one couldn't see the beautiful yellow colour of the drink, as before, when it was poured in front of you into a larger glass. At least there still were on a wall a photo of Kemal Atatürk and behind glass, on top of a red cloth - like a holy relic - the glass, from which the founder of modern Turkey had tasted boza in here in 1937.
    Written October 8, 2022
  • Dream
    Istanbul, Türkiye288 contributions
    VEFA BOZAAAA
    Vefa bozanın bende çok hatırası var çocukken anne ve babamla gelirdik şimdi bende çocuklarımı getiririm fırsat buldukça Eskiden Akşamları sırtlarında taşıdıkları boza fıçıları ile mahallelerde satılırdı evlere servis butik olduğunda daha lezzetliydi sanki biraz yoğun üretim farklılaştırmış sanki tadını yinede güzel
    Traveled with family
    Written February 13, 2020
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Hande
Baku, Azerbaijan110 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
Boza is a very hearthy drink made from fermented grains... Traditionally drunk during colder days of the winter. Vefa is the best-known brand for boza. You should drink it with cinnamon sprinkled on top and accompany it with dry roasted chick peas (leblebi). The original store of Vefa Bozacisi is now in a back street in Fatih. Hardly a touristic destination but you might enjoy the original look if you can actually find your way to there.
Written July 31, 2012
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Samer ABI KHALIL
Angers, France208 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
The cafe is not located at the centre of the old city, you can go by walking around 15 - 20 minutes after the Laleli station of the train, you can follow a Google map and/or ask people to search there, but you have to do it, because it will be something done in your stay in Istanbul like nowhere else you can do it. A tasty cream traditionally prepared, or an old traditional syrup, in an old authentic cafe, it will be a great experience to tell about.
Written July 12, 2019
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GulizDogan
Ankara, Türkiye94 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
This was the most delicious boza in my life. If you like traditional drinks you should have this drink. It is made of barley, rye, oat, wheat, buckwheat, Albanian corn, cereal flour and sometimes rice and bread. This drink originally is a winter drink and very nutritious.
Written March 18, 2019
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hadeel a
Kuwait City, Kuwait172 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
Vefa still has that Ottoman magic. Of you are a photographer believe me you will enjoy taking photos. A very peaceful area with a very happy people that what I have noticed. Had the BOZA drink at the Vefa Bozacisi it tastes like apple sauce topped with chickpeas. The contrast between the tastes gives it that yumminess. I do recommend that historical area go early in the morning and have your Boza and enjoy walking between the Ottoman houses.
Written May 2, 2018
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Nesligül D
Istanbul, Türkiye6,117 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Boza is not a drink for everyone as it is an acquired taste. It is a winter drink, originally prepared by Albanian immigrants who came to Istanbul many years ago. It is very popular in Istanbul culture and the best place to drink Boza is the Vefa Bozacisi close to the aqueduct in Fatih, in the street of the municipality theater. It is a very nice historical ship dating back to 1876 and is always full. They serve Boza with cinnamon.

There are other interesting shops just across if you can’t find a seat here.
They also sell grape and apple vinegars, pomegranate sauces and balsamic vinegar.
You can buy all of these plus Boza at reasonable prices to take home.
Written March 29, 2018
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Suncatcher26
Istanbul, Türkiye114 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
This shop has been established since 1876. Situated in a small street.
You can buy a glass of Boza ( Turkish drink) from as little as 3TL.
Boza is a fermented drink made from Bulgar and yeast. Topped with cinnamon.

This shop is very famous in Turkey. Have to give it a try ifbin Istanbul.
Written January 3, 2018
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland25,663 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
The fermented drink Boza, popular mainly in winter, is made from millet or wheat semolina, sugar and water, with an alcohol content of less than 1%. It was once sold by street vendors all over the Balkans and Central Asia, but has now disappeared from most places, except for one famous spot.

The 'Vefa Bozacisi' in the neighboorhood of Vefa in Istanbul's Fatih district, was founded in 1876 by an Albanian immigrant and is still run by his descendants. Its success was due to the fact that Boza was now stored in marble vessels instead of wooden vessels, which had various positive effects. It started to supply the palace and one famous guest at this place has been Kemal Atatürk, whose glass is now kept on a shelf against the wall.

The little drink shop, where hardly anything else gets sold except Boza, still oozes the charm of past days. There aren't many tables, but whenever I visited it had never too many guests, just some locals and the odd tourist.

Boza has a somewhat titanium yellow color, quite a thick, creamy consistency and is slightly sour to the palate. It is preferably drunk with cinnamon sprinkled on top and with added roasted chickpeas. These one can buy at the 'Tarihi Vefa Leblecisi'-shop (Historic Vefa Chickpea-seller) just opposite, which by now is also quite historical, since it dates from 1922.

To get here I usually walk down from the Suleymaniye Mosque, turn left in front of the Istanbul Müftülügü (office of the Mufti, a Muslim legal expert), from where I soon reach Vefa Caddesi, on which the Bozaci is located. Before reaching there one goes past the Asif Efendi Kütüphanesi (Ottoman library) and the Sheih Vefa Türbe. There are anyway several places to be visited in this neighbourhood with still many wooden Ottoman houses.

After enjoying a refreshing Boza (and maybe buying a Pomegranate Vinegar to take along) one can continue to the Valens Aqueduct and to the big Shehzade Mosque (Princes Mosque), a work by Sinan, and if one is in the mood for more then there are also the mosques of Kalenderhane and Vefa Kilise Camii, both former Byzantine churches, not far from here.
Written March 10, 2016
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maayan
Rishon Lezion, Israel54 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
A bit of a hole-in-the-wall, this place is a fascinating visit to get a sense of Istanbul beyond the tourist track. Boza itself is a thick, creamy, but acidic beverage--definitely unfamiliar to my American palate, but a refreshing way to bolster yourself for some more sight-seeing. Make sure to check out Ataturk's boza glass on the wall and read the history of boza on the wall by the entrance.
Written March 29, 2015
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costhom
athens3 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
Ppl all over Istanbul, expensive and luxurious cars, ladies in furs, poor ppl, students and tourists visit the Vefa Bozacisi to savor this delicious home made and wheat based drink with leblebi.
Just visit it!
Written March 21, 2015
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SasaR26
Sweden157 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
We are so glad we managed to find the Vefa Bozacisi, which, although at first seemed to be in an obscure location, in fact was just down the road from the famous Suleymaniye Mosque. However, we wouldn't recommend walking in the dusk/dark through the area, as it didn't seem too safe.
Boza has a unique taste and the owner is very friendly. A pleasant Turkish family, who was seated next to us, offered some hazelnuts which we ate with boza. That was divine.
Not expensive, and as authentic as you can get. Definitely worth a visit.
Written September 1, 2014
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