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Kafe Ara

#131 of 11,653 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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Tomtom Mah. Tosbaga Sok. No: 2 | Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 245 4105
07:30 - 00:00
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Sun 10:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 07:30 - 00:00
Fri 07:30 - 01:00
Sat 10:30 - 01:00
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything in this place it was perfect! Nice coffee and good service! Its one of my favorite place in this city.

Thank Ioannis B
Cape Town, South Africa
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57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

This is the cafe found in every guidebook and as such it is touristy and somewhat pricey. However, it is worth visiting (especially if you want a break from the standard Turkish menu). The cafe is central and is decorated with photos taken by the master photographer of Istanbul, Ara Guler. The food is above average but not excellent. But... More 

Thank Ibti_za
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Nice atmosphere and great food combined with lovely old photos of Istanbul taken by Ata GÜler himself.

Thank mworldtravel
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58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

If you need to sit with your friends and talk or just wanna have some peacefull time while eating, Ara Cafe is the right address for it... Its light Aegean touched meals will make you happy...

Thank UfukF
Moscow, Russia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Very calm and cozy place with the wonderful photos of Ara Güller. Little bit overpriced but the atmosphere is worth it. Herbal tea is great. The right place to stretch your legs after long walk.

Thank Asya-Sargsyan
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Very busy location and not easy to find seats during lunch time. The foods are great but a little costly in Turkish standards.

Thank Recep O
Tehran Province, Iran
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The food and the view was good. Inside was more cultural and the atmosphere was artistic, But maybe by this price you can eat food in better restaurants.

Thank farzaneh m
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Very nice cafe owned by famous photograph ARA GÜREL, Very nice foods and drinks .I had delicious breakfast with a very good espresso.Eggs fantastic.Very nice servers,always friendly,very nice decoration.

Thank Cem K
Thessaloniki, Greece
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60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

A nice place to take a break. Smart and relaxed place with good flavors with a strong turkish touch. Good for breakfast also. With nice and cool young people. The place is better during the winter months with a nice atmosphere. The only quite bothering is the non smiled slow staff. But this is quite common now days in Turkey.... More 

Thank Yiorgos B
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The previous reviews gave high hopes but both the meatballs and fried chicken were not very good. In both cases they had been cooked a long time ago and had dried out, the chicken was very chewy. The salad had roast vegetables with the same problem. If the food had been cooked freshly then it would have deserved a better... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cafe, Turkish, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 00:00
07:30 - 01:00
10:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tomtom Mah. Tosbaga Sok. No: 2 | Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu
  • Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
  • Phone Number: +90 212 245 4105

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighbourhood Profile
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 nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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