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Kafe Ara

Tomtom Mah. Tosbaga Sok. No: 2 | Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 245 41 05
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Cafe, Turkish, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
££ - £££
Tomtom Mah. Tosbaga Sok. No: 2 | Galatasaray, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Salads were delicious , coffee was good and tiramisu as good as can be. Food we had was good, there may be other items on menu which are better or not so good. Overall little over average. However location is very good, it’s almost on...More

Thank ilgaz c
Reviewed 27 August 2018

On the busy Istiklal, a nice retreat with plenty of outdoor seating in its own private yard. Service was a bit rangy and slow, and not too accurate. The servers dont all speak kitchen-english and you can be greeted with a dumbfounded look, or just...More

Thank Don R
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

İt is still average of İstanbul Restorants or Coffee Shops but pity to see it is goimg down And down in terms of quality especially of service. Owners try to economize wrong things

Thank UgurTimsah
Reviewed 22 April 2018

Yes, we loved the place and we would go there again. Highly recommended nicely decorated cafe, serving good coffee and delicious right-sized food. We went for lunch, picked two main courses (chicken and meatballs) and were not disappointed. Conveniently located in Beyoglu, we reached it...More

Thank tripspotting
Reviewed 4 March 2018

A wonderful medium sized coffee shop/restaurant just near the main shopping street. Good and friendly service in an arty environment. Amazing Phonebooks to look at, by the famous owner, Photographer Ara Güler. The Quinoa Avocado salad was to die for. Cool crowed, when we were...More

Thank Nikolaus2009
Reviewed 10 February 2018

Ara was in the list of our hotels nearby restaurants recommendations. It was only 3 mins walking from our hotel -which was great. It is in a very tiny street just right by Istiklal street which feels great and quite. It felt like it was...More

Thank Denis A
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

That s a great and lovely place! If you like photography and if you like having breakfast or lunch or dinner or just a coffee in a very nice place with jazz music that a absolutely the place to be. And if you like pictures.....but...More

Thank MM_AB_noi
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Cafe Araf is one of those comfy, cozy, timeless treasures that dot the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. Located just a few meters from the landmark Galatassaray High School, this historic venue attracts the mostly artsy, trendy, intellectual youth and yuppies of the area, along with...More

1  Thank Shai S
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Was taken to this place by a friend who had good experience with it before. The atmosphere is really nice with the photos in the wall giving the place a unique appearance. Staff are friendly. Delicious chocolate cake we had. I liked it!!

Thank YaserKKK
Reviewed 6 September 2017

First, the location is pretty convenient, right Istiklal avenue and the Shishane subway station and the Tunnel tram. The best heart of the town anyway in Beyoglu, close enough from the Galata Tower. With a large terrace most of the time in the shade which...More

1  Thank RNBKK
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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 41 05
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