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 burger, 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. Fridays has vegan buffet from 6:30pm. Open Mon 12:00pm-11:00pm, Wed-Sun 12:00pm-11:00pm. Closed Tue.

Categories: Vegan, Pizza, Middle Eastern, Turkish

65 Reviews

First Review by Sacha

nice place - Edit

Sweet place in the heart of Istanbul. The food is great, the owner is lovely. Highly recommended

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AwEsOmE - Edit

I don't know what I've ordered (I guess it was seitan in a wrap), but anyway it was veery yummy!! Plus their tea is also good.
As in comparison to other all-vegan places in Istanbul it is much cheaper while having a solid quality at the same time.

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Dolma is the best - Edit

The title says it all.

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vegan iskender - Edit

This is literally amazing and a must go!!! Had vegan iskender and stuffed aubergine. It was amazing. Also had a brownie and baklava. Just good. The sage tea was really really good as well. Owner is very nice and speaks english as well. She has cats roaming around inside which I loved but my mom did not. So that could be a problem for some people. The prices of the dishes are also not listed on the board so i guess you have to ask. I think its reasonably priced for very very good food.

Pros: amazing food , owner speaks english, cats roaming around

Cons: cats roaming around

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Great spot - Edit

Great Vegan food along with service with a smile, tried the iskender and rice based ayran, finished it off with baklava and Turkish coffee, we were impressed I must say, will be back on my next visit to Taksim Istanbul

Pros: Cat residents , Home made food , Like minded ethical vegan environment

Cons: Could do with a good scrubbing / cleaning

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Cozy place. Great food! - Edit

Community kitchen is really the most warm and welcoming place in Istanbul. It's like eating at a friend's place :) The owner and cook (Oya) is beautiful spirit and her food tastes simply amazing! She cooks turkish foods that are hard to get as a vegan.. like lahmacun and iskender kebab. And while eating your vegan kebab you are accompanied by lovely rescue cats! Nothing better than vegan food and rescue cats right?

Pros: Great atmosphere, Tasty food, Cats

Cons: Easy to overeat on all the goodies, Oya made me fat., The food is too tasty

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Amazing place!! - Edit

This was the first place I had ate on arriving in Istanbul, and wow what a place. What a fantastic , warm welcoming cafe with a unique rustic charm The food was amazing, some of the best home cooked vegan food I have ever eaten. Brought a staunch meat eater with me and they were amazed how vegan food could taste so good! Met some lovely people there including the owner who very kindly packed up our left overs in a doggy bag. I can highly recommend this place to fellow Vegan's & Vegetarians, I can assure you will not be disappointed.

Updated from previous review on 2018-02-23

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff, Great Atmosphere

Cons: none, none, none

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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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