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“A Turkish tradition”
Review of Vefa Bozacisi

Vefa Bozacisi
Ranked #83 of 1,087 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

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.

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

This place serves a historical drink from Istanbul region. Actually they are the best and drinking it there is an experience altogether.

Thank Suhang
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Note that during Ramadan, Vefa Bozacısı also has a small stand open in the booths specially set up for Ramadan on Sultanahmet Square. This will not give you the "full experience" of going to the original shop, but it does allow travelers to try boza in a more convenient location for the usual tourist.

Boza is a slightly fermented millet drink (extremely low alcohol content), roughly the consistency of pancake batter (a little more liquid than custard). You may prefer to eat it with a spoon rather than drink it. The taste definitely grows on you, but you may or may not want to stick around to allow that to happen. Still this is a historic Turkish experience, and well worth trying at least once.

I served boza for a group of American college students. About 1/3 really liked it, 1/3 couldn't stand it, and the last third felt it could grow on them, but they weren't necessarily eager to keep drinking it. Still, every time I bought a couple of bottles, they would get consumed, so I suppose that's a recommendation. I personally really like it, and was glad my students were able to try it out.

1  Thank marared
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

boza is the consistency of snot and tastes great. it is a little bit bubble and tingles down your throat. plus, you can see the cup Ataturk drank from mounted on the wall!

Thank Louis H
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

Boza is mainly a winter drink but its worth a visit any time. Its rich heavy calorie drink made out of fermented wheat. But if you would like to see how the turkish families spend an evening drinking it even on the streets or in their cars like a drive in, walk from Süleymani cami...You can choose to drink it with the cinnamon on top or add some chickpeas as well. The place itself kept the design and atmosphere of an era gone by. Look for the cup of Atatürk on display :)

Thank akm803
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