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#62 of 849 Cafe in Istanbul


Cafe, Turkish, Middle Eastern
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Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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Reviewed October 25, 2020 via mobile

Wonderful food we are breakfast here many mornings. So friendly and so tasty. I will miss it. The cafe is right beside the restaurant. They are two different places.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 8, 2020

This restaurant has wonderful music and an incredible Whirling Dervish every evening the food is very good and reasonable but the highlight for me is the Dervish he stays for a few hours and dances about every half hour the musician accompanies him and carries...on playing and singing whilst the Dervish rests. This is so beautiful to see, he dances to bring peace and love to the world if this doesn't move you your heart must be made of stone it's a must to see and you can see this for free it's just the cost of what you spend in the restaurant which isn't dear. The waiter also is good fun he sings too and has an excellent voice.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed January 11, 2020 via mobile

After waking through the area of Sultanahmet, it's time for a relax. Sit in this restaurant/cafe and enjoy a light dinner and at 6:30 a live show of Turkish music along the devilish dancer.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed November 25, 2019

This place is open late or even 24 hours. Cigarette burns in the table clothes and service is not great. The food is poor quality. I wouldnt come here again.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed November 15, 2019 via mobile

Great food with quick service! The best part was that they had live music with a whirling dervish. Surprise treat as I was there just for a night!

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

Best sheesha and live music and dervash dance . Very relaxing atmosphere. Food is very nice specially there lamb and chicken shish.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 4, 2019 via mobile

This service and staff in this cafe are extremely unwelcoming all round. Rather rude and arrogant staff seem very annoyed that they have another customer to serve! The atmosphere from the Dervish and the Customers was of course nice so it's a shame that the...service and staff totally ruin what would have been a wonderful experience. The only place in Turkey where I have had a bad experience to be honest. Maybe try the 'Dervish' cafe a few yards away which also has a whirling dervish performance although I didn't get a chance to try that one myself.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed September 19, 2019

All great, i would definitely come back again there, restaurant in great area just next to Sultanahmet. They offer a great menu with loads of variations, of course tea which is like the best one. What is amazing, there you can also sit and listen...traditional turkish music and dervish dance, so it's not just a simple restaurant, it's something special and of course invitation to have a table was in the highest and most welcoming level. Thank you, i'll come back!More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed September 15, 2019 via mobile

Very nice place to have a dinner with melodic music, whirling dervish. There’s around nice bazaar, after long walking, we try Turkish cheese pancakes, ayran , sweet baklava makes my evening delicious. Price are reasonable, good shisha. We like the place, you definitely have to...try it.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed August 14, 2019 via mobile

Very fun vibe. They have live music and a whirling dervish too! The ambiance is amazing, with everyone relaxing, dining, smoking their hubblies and eating the most amazing food. It's an open plan sort of restaurant so it feels really huge. Go check out the...old lady who makes the flatbread, somewhere near the kitchen area. It's amazing. The service is top notch. There are plenty of waiters and they are all attentive. There was very little "trying to catch the waiter's attention" going on; these guys know their jobs. They are fantastic! I cannot fault the service at all 😍 I love this place! If you are here, definitely try it out. Unfortunately I started eating everything before remembering to take pics. But I think you get the picture 😍♥️😍♥️😍More

Date of visit: August 2019
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December 2, 2019|
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Response from rummanaa2018 | Reviewed this property |
The dervish dance is only on particular days of the week. You should call and check with the cafe before your visit.
Mazen A
November 16, 2017|
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Response from 119sanilk | Reviewed this property |
yes I believe, we saw it around 7pm then they stopped for prayer.. after that only songs... it depends on how busy they r I doubt ;) anyhow u can see it from street...
Arun P
November 7, 2017|
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Response from renaud_adp | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is. I was staying close by and walk pass it every day going and back. I did not remember the show time, but there is always a live music and dance every time i was headed back to my hotel in the evening.
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    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5