Community Kitchen

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Kumbaracı Yokuşu 57/ A, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey, 34000

Jan 2015 re-opened here after move from Luleci Hendek Caddesi 27, Tophane. Offers vegan food with dishes like iskender and balls, Bosnian cevapi kofte, seitan stuffed grape leaves pockets with lemon sauce, vegan lasagna and vegan baklava, seasonal menu with Turkish rice, stuffed peppers and eggplant, olive oil cold plates, plus smoothies and cookies. Sunday is wild mushroom day. Apr 2015 no longer offers a buffet. Open Tue-Sat 2:00pm-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Pizza, Middle Eastern, Turkish

50 Reviews

First Review by Sacha

nice people, good food! - Edit

We ate vegan Kebab and Baklava and tried the vegan ayran.
All the food was really good. Especially the Baklava! It was not so sweet and sugary like "normal" Baklava.

The people there are very warm and kind and you easily get into conversation with the other customers, what creates a comfortable atmosphere.
The Cat ist really funny and calm, too.
We will definitely go there again.

Pros: Cool cat, great vegan foodvariations, kind people

Cons: not that cheap

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Limited choice - Edit

Unfortunately had ran out of the main dish when we arrived at 20:45 (bit early we thought for closing at 11). Being part of a set menu meant we couldn't get anything savoury. Bought baklava and hemp milk brownie which were both tasty and well priced. Fairly small seating, around 12 seats. Can't rate stars as didn't get to try enough. Didn't feel hugely welcomed.

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Tastiest in Istanbul - Edit

Such good food and what lovely service too. highly, highly recommended.... Honestly this was the yummiest kofte I've had here and such a beautiful vibe too. 👌

Pros: delicious food

Cons: no WiFi unfortunately but doesn't distract from th

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I Only Registered to Comment to This Resto - Edit

This place is amazing. Yes, there isn't many options but the things that are aviable are the things ex-meat lovers always craved for. Seitan is amazing, cats are awesome. Ther is many things that you can share with the owner. She is pretty cute and generous when you offer so little. Only a few warm words and conversations.

Menu may be lacking variety yes. But it is a small place and they need to keep things plain and simple in order to make everything flow right.

Also at every Friday evening (sometimes starts froom noon) they cook Lahmacun.

Also this place is famous with Oya's awesome and tasty ayran and yoghurt.

A must go when you come to Istanbul.

Pros: Increadibly friendly owner, Brownies, Ayran, Yoghurt, Seitan and LAHMACUN, Kittens. They are everywhere.

Cons: Maybe lacking of menu?, Too Good that you will always crave later

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delicious - Edit

Very delicious !!

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Really good food and company - Edit

This place is a must in Istanbul. Her owner is a really good cooker. Seitan wrap and mushrooms were great!
Also, she is a really nice person. We really enjoyed food and conversation. She helps stray cats to find a family, so you will find some inside playing with you as you eat.
Best place in Istanbul

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great food well priced - Edit

I really enjoyed eating here. The food was excellent and unusual, the sole member of staff was extremely friendly, and the kittens were adorable. Highly recommended!

Pros: fresh cooked, unusual, creative food from someone who cares abou

Cons: none

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Even non-vegetarians love it! - Edit

We stumbled upon this lovely cozy spot, and realized we found a treasure trove! Even my husband who's not a vegetarian LOVES IT! Her homemade dishes are not only tasty, the location is outside of touristic area yet accessible at the same time for visitors (it's very close to our air bnb, for example, and also close to the underground funicular which only has 2 stops) so it's a great hangout after a long day of walk!

Pros: authentic Turkish flavour, quality ingredients, cozy and owner easy to talk to!

Cons: None!

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Tasty and Fresh - Edit

I really liked the tastes in here especially the burger was amazing. Definitely a must-try place in Taksim.

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Great little place - Edit

Small little cafe with about ten chairs. Great food, all vegan obviously which is a rarity in Istanbul and Turkey in general. Very friendly staff. Tasty food and well priced, can fill up on 10 TL.

Lots of cute cats and kittens in the cafe, it seems they raise money to help street cats. I love cats so it was great for me but probably avoid if you don't like cats or are fussy about animals being around your food.

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tasty and inexpensive - Edit

The food is great, and the owner is very friendly. It's also inexpensive.

One of the few places in Istanbul where you can get vegan food. Worth it if you're craving something "meaty" as they have great Seitan-based dishes.

Pros: Inexpensive, Tasty Food, Nice Owner

Cons: A little off the beaten path

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delicious and authentic - Edit

This place is great! The istanbul iskander is awesome. Everyday the food is different and the owner is really lovely. She looks after cats from the streets so be prepared to eat with cats around. The negative is its a little pricey but the quality is good.

Pros: 100% vegan delicious

Cons: expensive

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A key spot in the Istanbul V Scene! - Edit

Community Kitchen is a warm and welcoming place to try innovative vegan Turkish cuisine, have an herbal tea with friends, or relax in this fascinating neighborhood of Istanbul's Beyoğlu.

The proprietor Oya is, as her name suggests, a big part of the local Veg* community and is always organizing something special for like-minded folk.

I recommend the kebap! Also, if you cook at home, buy some fresh seitan.

Pros: Friendly owner, Everything Vegan!

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Best Seitan in Istanbul. - Edit

Oya's cozy, little and entirely vegan heaven.

Pros: Delicious Vegan Doner and Iskender, Lots of Cats ❤

Cons: None

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Cozy and friendly - Edit

This place is a little jewel: the atmosphere is very cozy and home-like; the owner very friendly; the food tasty and prepared with love, at a very reasonable price.
I will definitely eat here as often as I can during my visit. Highly recommended.

Pros: Very central location, Great atmosphere, Food made with love

Cons: Not a single one

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awesome vegan hangout - Edit

Fantastic food at a good price. If you need some inspiration to walk down the vegan path, you should try it. The "kebap" is amazing. Also try the baklava, and ask what makes it sweet ;) the space, a well-maintained ancient Beyoğlu brick structure, feels secure and spacious. Most of all, the host was absolutely warm and friendly. Join the community!

Pros: all vegan! super awesome kebap and baklava

Cons: nothing

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one of the best in istanbul - Edit

The place is very small but nice... street cats are hosted there, sometimes they can be interested in your food :)
the menu changes daily but they have some staple items such as vegan iskender and meze. The owner is very nice!
One of my favourite in istanbul

Pros: vegan 100%, kind owner

Cons: not much choice

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Absolutely most fantastic place in Turkey - Edit

Where to start! There are so many... Owner is so friendly, nice and helpful. Foods are so delicious and you will be totally full. There are also so many herbal teas. Owner is helping to street cats. I enjoyed with vegan roll on (vegan dürüm) by seitan. You can find also vegan kebabs and vegan cheeses. Do yourself a favor and visit Community Kitchen!!!

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Nice vegan kebab and vegan ayran - Edit

When there and it wasn't open, I was told they move sometimes to different address: İstiklal, İstiklal Cad. No:116, Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey (Hazzopulo Pasaji) there is a caffeine in the Pasaz it says Vegan on the window
They had only vegan kebab this evening it was nice.
I want to go there next time and try some traditional turkish dishes

Pros: Homemade

Cons: Not big variety

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Half way to heaven - Edit

If you're fit. young and healthy, slog it up the steepest hill in Istanbul, and half-way up, on the left, you'll find Oya's Community Kitchen. There'll be a cat or two outside, so you can't miss it. Oya is very kind and forgiving; I was knackered by the time I got there, but she didn't turn a hair. Even though the gradient tested my heart medicine to the limit, it was worth it. A delicious vegan version of a Turkish dona, with hibiscus tea to cool me down; delicious pizza, and carrot cake and banana-sweetened cookies to take away- what more could you want? Oya even made up some sunflower milk for me to try.

Istanbul's street food appears to be mainly vegan, with corn on the cob, pretzels and chestnuts available at every public square, but if you want to treat yourself, AND be treated well, get down to the Community Kitchen- and I do mean down; go up to Taksim Square, and then go DOWN the hill and save yourself a coronary!

Pros: Very kind and friendly staff, Delicious food, Cats!

Cons: Oya's sign's a bit small; you could miss the place

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Just eat there! - Edit

Its a small but really lovely restaurant. In one week we ate there two times! The food is very delicious. The effort she put in the vegan Iskender was worth it, even my meat eating boyfriend said: WOW! Its better than the "normal" one. YAMMY!

Pros: Delicious, Friendly, Cats

Cons: Small, Little bit dark

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Community Kitchen Istanbul - Edit

Lovely welcoming restaurant in Beyoglu district.The soups are delicious and my pumpkin soup was so tasty.The home made seitan is superb.A great option for vegans in Istanbul

Pros: Delicious seitan, Pretty interior, Lots of vegan options

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Turkish Delight - Edit

Oya serves up homemade food on two long tables that foster the feeling of dining at home among friends (both human and feline). Hearty meals take their inspiration from non-vegan Turkish favorites. Location is just a short walk down the hill from Istakal Caddesi, Istanbul's famous avenue teeming with shopping and dining options.

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sweet, yummy cafe - Edit

Excellent meal and homey atmosphere at this vegan cafe. We had amazing Bosnian koftes (made of white bean) and Iskender (doner with tomato) - Oya the chef/owner makes her own fantastic seitan from gluten & rice. She brought us a borek stuffed with spinach to try - also delicious. Vegan desserts, too -- baklava and chocolate cake. Good sage tea. Oh, and sweet cats to keep you company. Highly recommend!
Updated from previous review on Monday March 14, 2016

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You must eat here! - Edit

Hello dear cows!

Last week, my wife and I went to Istanbul for a 5-day trip. This place, the "community kitchen" is a must visit! Of the 5 days, we ate here, twice, since we liked the good food, the ridiculously low price and the kind owner.

Just ask her what you should eat (that's what we did) and I promise you it will be superb. Don't forget to give a tip, since the owner is too friendly and in my opinion could ask her visitors to pay more for the food. (When we gave a tip, we even got more food from her, to take with us to our Guesthouse. Too kind!)

For those interested: we had Vegan Kebab, Köfte, Ayran, Vegan powerballs and Apfelstrudle and Beetroot/lemon-pizza.

One more advice, pay close attention to the housenumber, since the "Community Kitchen" doesn't have a very obvious sign hanging outside, so you can easily miss it.

Pros: Warm atmosphere, Tasty food, Low price

Cons: Easily overlooked

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perfect meal in winter - Edit

Went here with two friends last night, had such a lovely experience. The atmosphere was warm, the food was incredible and abundant, and the price was quite reasonable. We essentially had a feast with 6 or 7 large dishes for us to share and hibiscus tea for only 99 TL. The owner/cook was super helpful when we told her that one of our party was gluten free, and she chatted with us throughout the meal. We will definitely be back the next time we are in Istanbul!

Pros: warm atmosphere, amazing food, large portions, reasonably priced

Cons: none!

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Super cozy lovely place! - Edit

We were surprised to find this lovely all vegan place in Istanbul. The owner is a warm hearted lady with a chilly cat.
In the community kitchen is space for about 40 people, so it's pretty small which made us feel like home :)

We ordered a mixed plate and a seitan kebab, brownies and a power ball for desert and everything was super delicious.


Pros: nice staff, free water, delicious, inexpensive food

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