Kafe Ara

Price guide: Budget

Tosbağ Sokak No. 8/A, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Price guide: Budget

Kafe Ara

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#21 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
3.8
3.8
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Singles, Chilling out, No fuss, People watching, Shopping

Expert review of Kafe Ara

This casually stylish café is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon.

There’s no shortage of cafes in my central neighbourhood of Beyoğlu, but Ara’s atmospheric setting, relaxed vibe, good coffee, drinks, and reliable food make it one I return to again and again.

Food and drink: 

Hearty salads – I like the one with grilled chicken – sandwiches, pastas, and a melting pot of other dishes, from “Balkan” meatballs and Turkish mantı (a ravioli-type dish in a garlic-yogurt sauce) to a respectable chicken tikka. No alcohol is served.

Ambience: 

The large courtyard is usually thronged with locals, while the funky, multi-level interior, with its wood floors, clusters of knick-knacks, and big black-and-white images by namesake photographer Ara Güler, is warm and intimate.

Service: 

The casual service isn’t particularly attentive, but this is a place to go when you want to linger anyway.

Location: 

On its own little side street, tucked away off the centre of İstiklal Caddesi, near Galatasaray High School, a local landmark.

Price advice: 

Main courses range from 15 lira to 22 lira.

More information on Kafe Ara:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Restaurant
Food:
International, Turkish
Address:
Tosbağ Sokak No. 8/A, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Telephone:
0212 245 4101
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Every day 8am-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Kafe Ara? Would you recommended it?