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“Amazing atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Yeni Mamara - CLOSED

Yeni Mamara
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Turkish
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
Restaurant details
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
Rome, Italy
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing atmosphere”
Reviewed 4 June 2013

We really had a great time here. The atmosphere is amazing and staff is so friendly that you feel welcomed and at home. We didn't eat here but enjoyed the tea and some board games. Super super cool

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank AndreaP1984
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Doha, Qatar
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Atmospheric cafe with backgammon and water pipes”
Reviewed 2 January 2013

Very charismatic cafe with a smarter main salon decorated with bohemian artefacts, an intermediate room dimly lit and draped with carpets, and a large terrace at the back which overlooks the sea. It's close to the many hotels just west and south of the Sultanahmet complex. Even though it was busy during my visit, I only saw one person eating a meal, and there didn't seem to be any pressure to rush a coffee. People were smoking nargile and playing backgammon. Many people were using the free wifi.The Marmara may not be to everyone's tastes - but if you're not a fan of St******s and similar chains, then you might find a home here!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank seenfromafar
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Guelph, Canada
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126 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Join the Locals!!!!!”
Reviewed 18 December 2012

We only had very light meals here, two occasions - but enjoyed the atmosphere and genuine friendliness from the staff - our hotel was just down the street so it was a convenient way to meet the locals and feel at home. Great location - good view - and what we ate was more than satisfactory., We actually regretted not getting there more often but site seeing and hunger would take over before we managed to get back to the hotel.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank trvllnlady
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Best Nargile & View in Istanbul!”
Reviewed 30 August 2012

Yeni Marmara or the Marmara Cafe, as it says on its outside of the cafe, is located in Sultanahmet, which is the old part of Istanbul and is located very well in relation to the Marmara Sea. We were taken here on a tour by 'Istanbul Urban Adventures' and then again on our own.
The Cafe is lit in low lighting and the staff, at first, are not too friendly, however, once you get settled in, and they know you are not there to be a rude tourist, they warm right up to you. The cafe is decorated in the Ottoman empire style, which is common throughout Sultanahmet, and large oriental rugs are draped from the walls and ceilings and line your path throughout. There are tables in both the front and the back of Cafe, however, the best attraction is the back area, which gives one of the best views of the Marmara Sea in Istanbul.
The Marmara Cafe has a wide variety of flavored mu‘assel (tobacco) for the nargile (hookah) as well as a decent variety of flavored Turkish tea's. The staff comes around and refills the 'coals' which are hot pieces of wood that they allowed to burn down to a hot glowing ember. Also available is backgammon, which is very popular in Turkey and you will be hard pressed to find a Turk who does not play. You can order food here, but we did not the two times we visited, we went for the view.
After a long day of sight seeing one will find it easy to gaze out over the Marmara Sea while sipping on Turkish tea and partaking in the traditional Turkish smoke. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice place to unwind and sample some Turkish traditions.

  • Visited July 2012
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2 Thank Palmtreetheory
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Milan, Italy
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“The view is way better than the service!!”
Reviewed 17 August 2012 via mobile

We ate just fruit plates and a toast and ice tea, but nothing to say bout that! Average. The waiter was a bored girl that didn't like to smile but she wasn't rude or anything!
The view on the Marmara sea is awesome, even though there are train traveling under the café!
If u get to find it it worth it

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Thank sibode
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