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$5 - $10
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Cafe, European, Turkish, International
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed August 17, 2022 via mobile

What a cozy place and relaxing atmosphere! The cafe is just a stroll away from Istiklal St. and it’s such a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the street and treat yourself to Turkish tea or coffee! This is exactly what I...did! I felt very comfortable and enjoyed looking at the stained glasses and pictures of old Istanbul on the walls while having my Turkish coffee served with water and Turkish delight! They had a good taste in music and selected perfect songs which were in harmony with the ambiance! If I wasn’t in a rush to visit madam Tussaud's museum I could sit there for hours! The staff was very friendly and nice! A very delicate and important point is that the staff don’t make you feel bad because you don’t order a meal and just want to have coffee! In many places, I’ve noticed that the staff act so rude and force you either to leave or order more! I’ll go back to Ara cafe with my husband to enjoy a memorable afternoon together! 😌More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 18, 2022 via mobile

I ordered the Sun-dried tomato pasta and vegetable patty burger in Vegetarian and both were super yummy!! Highly recommend this place!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed November 12, 2021 via mobile

Excellent food and fantastic service with a relaxed and chic atmosphere. The salads exceeded expectation with the mains well presented and large servings. For something different from the local quisine or just a nice place to loose some hours after shopping with a great coffee...and a slice of dessert. Well worth a tryMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 7, 2020 via mobile

Unfortunately that place is under death agony. Almost for 25 years I visit here and sad to see that almost nothing good is left from food to service quality. My last visit is today and 3 of my orders are cancelled bcs the products are...not available...More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed January 20, 2020

The refined, elegant ambience of this appealing cafe envelopes you as you cross over the threshold. Simply put it, against the backdrop of Güler’s superb masterpieces, it is a wonderful place to hang out in and watch the comings and goings. Then there is the...inviting menu. At mid morning, Menemen was a no brainer and it didn’t disappoint- it was absolutely delicious! And in the city of Menemen, that is quite saying something! A thoroughly enjoyable experience.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 15, 2020 via mobile

Had a great time at ARA....the stuff is polite and kind. Great place, nice decorations, good prices, nice music....5+ to this cafe

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 1, 2019

Very cozy environment and nice decorated place. It's in a difficult street to find because its in a narrow street and can not been seen easily but if you find it for sure you are gonna enjoy it. I tasted pumkin puree with tahini ice...cream and traditional turkish coffee and it was very good. I think it has a very different style from the other cafe of istiklal street and that is the best part of it. I mean is not that touristic place and that works fine for me! Totally recommend it!!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 1, 2019 via mobile

This restaurant is a bit tucked away from the main high street. It has a trendy vibe and easy menu. We tried manti (Turkish dumplings) which were tasty and a good sized portion. The cafe loses a star because the waiters didn’t seem very attentive...or bothered about us - the only waiters to treat us coldly during our whole holiday!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

The juice is fresh and nice. But it stops here. I got food poisoning from eating pasta in this place couple of days ago. I ordered pasta with cream and salmon. The texture was not really appealing but I put it down to maybe the...dish being warmed up in the microwave. Had I known I would have sent it back. I was sick the same evening.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed July 21, 2019 via mobile

This cafe is busy but has a great vibe and decor. The food was really good too - we had fresh juice and salad for lunch, very fresh and tasty. Good service!

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 20, 2019 via mobile

The place was owned and named after world famous photographer Ara Guler who passed away last year. The food quality is alwaya good. Decorated with Ara Guler’s Istanbul photos it’s a hidden gem in a lityle alley just a couple steps away from Istiklal Caddesi...and Galatasaray High School. Locals and expats knows this play well but tourists usually miss it.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed April 24, 2019 via mobile

Went here for lunch and the ambience was excellent. We sat outside to soak up some sun. Ordered a chicken and a salmon main course. Cooked just right and tasted excellent. Location is excellent as it is just off Istiklal street. Highly recommend this place.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

Ara Cafe belonged to the famous photographer Ara Guler who died recently. Its central location, slightly off Istiklal Street make it a popular gathering place. You can have a drink or a meal here. There is both inside and outside seating. It is always crowded...and difficult to find a table.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed December 16, 2018

This is a very good option to have lunch, dinner or a cup of coffee. It is named after Ara Guler, an outstanding Armenian photographer known as the Eye of Istanbul for the marvelous images he created during almost one century, capturing the history, the...people and the spirit of this incredible city. Ara's expressive portraits of many important personalities such as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Winston Churchill and Sofia Loren contributed to his fame. Until his recent death, a few months ago, he could be seen frequently sitting in a chair at Kafe Ara. Although it will be impossible to meet him there any more, you can enjoy watching on the walls of the cafe several beautiful black and white photographs that will help you understand Ara's notoriety. The restaurant is very nice, and offers Turkish and international dishes, including fresh salads and local appetizers. It is located at Ara Guler Sokagi, steps away from busy Istiklal Caddesi, and it has indoor and outdoor tables.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

Authentic place to have classy date🥂 as it’s name (Ara Güler📸) the cafe locates between two streets at the middle of İstiklal street next to Galatasaray high school. The best foods and drinks 🖤

Date of visit: December 2018
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5