Kafe Ara

Address: Tosbağ Sokak No. 8/A, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 245 4101

- Budget

4.3

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
4
90%
Service
3.8
90%
Food and drink
4
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Ambience
4.4
90%
Location
4.5
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out

Details