Bhakti Yoga Cafe

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 10 reviews )

Bostancibasi sokak, Cihannuma Mah. 20 Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey

Ground floor vegetarian cafe, opened early-2015 downstairs from a yoga centre (upstairs). Serving yogic sattvic cuisine without onion, garlic, mushroom. Fixed menu of Indian food, smoothies and lassi, almond and soya milk made onsite. Has seitan, vegetable curry spaghetti, samosa, and thali. Sells a few organic items from yoga farm like herbal and medicinal tea and vegetables. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Organic, Take-out

10 Reviews

First Review by SG213

Found it closed on two consecutive days - Edit

I arrived there on August 21 at about 5 pm and found it closed. The same situation was next day. There was no notice to find on the door or wall with explanation.
It's a pity.

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Good combination of tastes - Edit

It was an early afternoon, January.
The street was calm and the shield looked of *Bhakti yoga* looked nicely old.

Prices were all around 10-15 TL, dishes were diverse.

I enjoyed the taste, music and how small this cafe actually was.
It can't get crowded which I think is a cool side.

Pros: Location, Prices , Combination of tastes

Cons: In ambience something was missing

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Turned up, was closed after a long walk. - Edit

Turned up at 9:00pm, and it was closed after a very long walk. Was meant to be open until 10. Very sad :(

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GOOD - Edit

The Cafe owner seems to be very warm and deals with any kind of problem or questions . Atmosphere is friendly and I felt the warmth of family.
They give you a detailed information about food, nature, plantation health , yoga and indian culture. If you sit in Bhakti cafe you wouldnt be just like a customer . They re not indifferent to you. They bring their own natural fruits and vegtables. There are a lot variety of herbal teas coming from their organic garden. A sweet little place. There is a shop also a lot of indian goods and fancy works. They even got a piano and play it from time to time. I have seen some customers even playing it. For the deserts they have ood varieties. My opinion is they have different and delicious food. I think you should go there...

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must visit place - Edit

Nice ambiance and very friendly staff. Love the cafe and food! it gives a very homely feeling. The food is also great too! must visit place.

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Great energy! - Edit

The owner has a great energy. They sell homemade soy milk too.

Pros: Great energy!, Tasty food!, Reasonable prices!

Cons: A little bit slow service.

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Amazing vibe and (raw) food - Edit

Bhakti Café offers a wide variety of vegan food. Most of the vegan food is marked clearly on the menu, and I am sure that should you have any special wishes, the wonderful women running the café would try their best to satisfy you.
They offer two different spaghetti plates, dhal, seitan, a vegan homemade burger and some Indian style starters, such as pakora.
I had a salad. To be honest, this was the most satisfying salad I have ever head. Heaps of freshly prepared, raw vegetables in a huge bowl (finely cut beetroots, carrot, cucumber/lettuce/black olives/sunflower seeds/sprouts/sauted broccoli and potato/some kind of spicy pancake/mint infused olive oil).
It was a LOT, and it was SO GOOD. (15 TL)
For dessert, I had the vegan chocoklate cake, which was also delicious (7 TL).
What I also like is that they serve not only black tea, but also organic herbal teas (the owner cooked a spicy cinnamon chai on my request), soy milk with carob. There is also some kind of smoothie, prepared with frozen berries, yoghurt and ice cream - probably there is also a vegan solution for that.
Even though this café is not super central, it is definitely worth the visit!

Pros: Amazing, healthy food, Amazing atmosphere, Adequate prices

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What a great energy and food - Edit

The owner of the restaurant is very nice she has a very beautiful energy and she make the food with happiness.
the food it's really good, the samosas and the vegetarian hamburger where really good and she puted organic vegetables.
The smoothies are very tasty and the most important of all it's that the restaurant has a nice vibe.

Pros: Friendly staff, Nice vibe , Good food

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biggest burger ever - Edit

a very friendly manager, really tasty food (if you consider they don't use garlic-onions either) and bigger portion sizes than usual. they are expanding the menu but prices are about to go up too. so go grab some indian taste now :) the prices are cheap for us dollar or euro payers but expensive for a turkish student.

Pros: friendly staff, good, rare options, bigger portions

Cons: expensive for turkish budget

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Tasty Indian style food - Edit

This is the cafe of a Yoga centre in Besiktas on the European side of Istanbul (not far from Taksim). They've just recently opened the cafe part, so they're still working on the menu.

You can get pure-vegetarian style dishes such as samosa, veggie burger, seitan plate, curried spaghetti, dhal and a thali plate. They also make their own soya drink which can be bought for takeaway.

I tried most of the dishes, and everything was quite good. However the portion size of some dishes such as the seitan or veggie burger may be a little small if you're hungry.

The thali plate is probably the best option here, since it has a combination of savoury rice, dhal, poppadoms and different cooked spiced veg. It's unusual to have this type of food in Istanbul, so it's a nice change from some of the other veg. places which often stick to local or generic dishes.

The interior is small but very nice and relaxing, and the owner is very friendly and speaks fluent English.

(To get to Besiktas from Taksim, you can get a dolmus a minute or 2 walk down Inonu Cd. past the Marmara hotel, or bus/walk it to Besiktas center from Kabatas tram stop. From the Asian side, you can get a ferry directly from Uskudar or Kadikoy.)

Pros: Tasty & interesting food, Nice surroundings and friendly owner

Cons: Some menu items a little basic/small

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