Community Kitchen

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Kumbaracı Yokuşu 57/ A, Beyoğlu (at İstiklal St), 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 Mon 2:00pm-11:00pm, Wed-Sun 2:00pm-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Pizza, Middle Eastern, Turkish

58 Reviews

First Review by Sacha

Cute place - Edit

Very nice place and friendly stuff

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The best place to eat in İstanbul - Edit

Seriously, Oya is such a good person. Food tastes amazing. I’m coming there anytime I visit the city.

Pros: Friendly atmosphere , Tasty food, Fair prices

Cons: Far from Kadıköy

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cosy, delicious and a very nice owner - Edit

Had a late lunch yesterday. The place is super cosy including three cats which enjoy getting cuddled by the animal friendly guests I guess ;)
The reaaaally friendly and chatty owner speaks fluent English (sadly kinda rare in istanbul) so it was really easy to communicate and chat with her.
She was giving me the recommendation of the day which was a vegan kebab plate: it was awesome. Never had such a delicious and especially FILLING vegan dish before.
Price (including water) was more than fair: 27 tyr.

So I am very happy, the cats too and I will come again tomorrow ;)

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best vegan dürüm - Edit

Vegan dürüm menu with mashed potato and brokoli was great. Price 20₺

Pros: yummy, friendly , cats

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Amazing food - Edit

I have visited Istanbul twice and always returned to this place. The owner spontaneously cooks something from very fresh ingredients. The lasagne is the best in the world. She has her special seitan too.

I have read some of the reviews, and I found it ridiculous that some people rated this place too expensive. The food is excellent and far too cheap for its quality.

Pros: freshly cooked, very tasty food, friendly owner

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Lovely place with great food - Edit

FLUFFY CATS 10 OUT OF 10

Just kidding. There were cats but that's not the only reason to leave a good review.

The community kitchen is a lovely charming place, with super nice service and all-vegan food that was both yummy and seemed authentic. We were served great kebab and salad with wraps and the serving was plenty as well as cheap.

The community kitchen has a lovely charme and they take care of cats there, so that's maybe one thing to be wary of if you don't want them around where you eat or are allergic. But for us they were a total delight!

Would definitely come again if we're back in Istanbul.

Pros: Good food for good price, Lovely place and cozy, CATS :3

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Amazing vegan döner in a cute and cozy restaurant - Edit

This is an insanely cute and cozy restaurant with a pretty varied selection of food. I had a döner kebab roll, and it was by far the best döner kebab I've had in my entire live (and I've had many both vegan and non-vegan versions). Now that I'm back in Sweden, I dream about that döner roll.

The owner is super friendly and speaks English, so communication is no problem at all.

Finding this place is quite easy, as it's located on a side street of İstiklal street. According to Google Maps, the restaurant is permanently closed, which isn't true.

Pros: Good location, Amazing vegan food, Friendly service

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lovely place - Edit

the food, the owner, everything is so inviting and delicious. I often haf my afternoon over here and an soon going to istanbul, hoping that she is still there!!!

Pros: food, friendliness, nice atmosphere

Cons: maybe a bit too much trying to compete with meat

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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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