Organic product shop in Taksim area, open Mon-Sat. Stocks organic fresh vegetable and fruits, grains, dried fruits, nuts, tofu, soya milk, miso, wakame, kombu, organic olive and olive oil, bread, gluten-free, aromatherapy oils, bio cosmetics and cleaning products, spices, herbs. Directions: When walking on the Istiklal street in Taksim, after the street turns slightly left at the Galatasaray high school, keep walking on Istiklal and take the 4th right (Kallavi street), you will see the shop a few meters to the right. more-less
Kallavi Sokak 6 (Beyoglu Istiklal St, Taksim area, Beyoglu)
Istanbul, Turkey

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First Review by twinkle
  • vegetarian

Not bad but limited selection

Posted on 06 / 29 / 2013

Ambar looks promising from the outside, but like many other "natural product" shops in Istanbul, the selection is a bit limited when it comes to specifically veg. food.

Having said that, it's better than most, and you can get Tofu and a number of interesting sauces and variations on coffee, olive paste etc. The rest of the store has the usual types of herbs/spices/natural produce and it may be interesting if you're not exactly looking for veg. snacks.

For a better selection, try one of the Macro supermarkets in Nisantasi, or the Ecolife or Balya health stores in Cihangir.

Pros: Good location, Stocks Tofu and some other items
Cons: Limited selection
  • vegetarian

A great little shop

Posted on 08 / 27 / 2011

Ambar is a large health food store by Turkish standards, and a small one by other standards. They have a lot of your standard grains and pulses, and you can get soy milk and other basics there. They have a very good selection of essential oils there, and every time I have gone, the staff has been friendly and helpful. I wouldn't count on finding the things you usually get back home, but it is worth stopping in.
Also, just up the street is a restaurant called Ficcin, which has some veg options and is very good and moderately priced :)

Pros: Great selection of essential oils, Very helpful staff
Cons: Small


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