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Ara Cafe

#128 of 12,346 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Tomtom Mah. Yeni Carsi Cad. Tosbaga Sok. No:2 Cihangir, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
07:30 - 00:00
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All hours
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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Tehran Province, Iran
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles 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
Level Contributor
35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank IamnotLordLucan
Halifax, Canada
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped here in November of 2014 with my Turkish/Canadian partner, his family and one of his old University friends who lives in Istanbul. This café is tucked away in a tiny little nook off of the main Istiklal thoroughfare, definitely something that can be missed if you don't know it's there. We arrived later in the evening, closer to... More 

Thank OhPumpkin
Singapore, Singapore
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Great restaurant in a tiny and quiet street. I highly recommend the faro salad and the Balkan style meatballs. It was simple and good.Good value fot money, I recommend the place.

Thank Tempura2015
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Great food at a good price! 2 salads were very good and unlike your usual salad it was extremely filling... Meat portion was very generous... (the main part of the meal!)

Thank richard alexand... m
Rossendale, Lancashire
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69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

We searched out this cafe as my husband is a Leica camera fanatic and he wanted to find it as a well know Leica photographer called Ara Guler lives above it and has some of his work displayed in the cafe. As a bonus the cafe is lovely and the food delicious. The photographs on display are stunning and apparently... More 

Thank jilly48
Third Lake, Illinois
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

i've walked by here a lot (a lot) and should have sat down to try some things a bit sooner. had the salmon pasta for lunch today which was quite good and came out pretty quickly as well. a nice istanbul kitty nearby too.

Thank igobyplane_com
Istanbul, Turkey
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59 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

If you are wandering around in Istiklal Street, this is a great place to have a nice lunch or snacks. Good food served in a traditional atmosphere. Lovely decorations. You can also stop by for a coffee. If you have not yet tried the Turkish coffee with milk, try it here. One of the rare places you can find it.

Thank mesuthan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cafe, European, Turkish, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
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. Yeni Carsi Cad. Tosbaga Sok. No:2 Cihangir, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu
  • Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
  • Phone Number: 2454105

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

Staying in Beyoglu

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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