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Kafe Ara


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#31 of 803 Cafe in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner


$5 - $10
Cafe, Turkish, International, European
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank Gerard B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Thank MichaelS23519
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...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank 900pantelisb
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...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank Albert L
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...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank DavidTravelAdvice
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
Thank blueberries1
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...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
Thank namnam75
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...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank NesligulD
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...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal
Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night
and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights,
shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of
people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive
Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of
the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned
restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening
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