LiT Karakoy

  • Vegan Vegan
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Bankalar Caddesi No:17 Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey, 34420

Health food cafe attached to a yoga studio. Offers coffee, baked goods, breakfast and lunch food.

Categories: Vegan, Western, Juice bar, Take-out, Bakery, European, Fusion

8 Reviews

First Review by Nazan

Very nice - Edit

Nice food, pleasant interior, friendly staff and affordable. Treat yourself to this place.

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Well-decorated vegan place - Edit

This well- decorated place is very close to the center in karaköy. We tried artichoke quiche, it was really delicious.
In addition, they made a special cocoa cake for that day.
It's nice to be experimental. but I did not like the chickpeas in dessert. I ate very unintentionally.. raw vegan balls are better than cake.

Pros: well-decorated, experimental

Cons: friendly staff

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excellent vegan food - Edit

Very cosy place. Nice design. Very good food. The personal is very friendly and speaks English. I totally recommend this place!

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Great food, lovely owners! - Edit

Greeted cheerfully from the moment I walked in!
Totally vegan and the owners focus on healthy food. I ordered the lentil soup (yum, and not too salty), the bowl of the day (very tasty, spinach, potato, broccoli, pine nuts, beans, pomegranate, beats in a delicious creamy turmeric sauce), and three desserts! (Vegan take on a traditional Turkish cookie, another cookie, and a slice of banana bread)
I also had a cappuccino made with in-house made almond milk and sweetened with dates. Delicious.
Needless to say, I was stuffed but I love going all out in vegan restaurants! Afterwards, I chatted with one of the owners for a while about veganism and we brainstormed for future dessert menu items. I might just see some chocolate mousse in their future...
Overall, good atmosphere with clean design and great food. Will be back.

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Great food, ambience and service - Edit

We went to LiT as part of the vegan restaurant tour through Istanbul that we did and this was the first place that was a really pleasant surprise. There was a variety of food and drinks and the service was super nice and translating the ingredients for us to English for several dishes without us even having to ask. I don't remember all that was offered but we ended up ordering a salad bowl with lots of good stuff that was anything but basic, and beans with "sausage" and a portion of rice which I can't stress enough how good it was. The rice was absolutely perfect.
We had a Golden Milk and a Matcha Latte which were both very good and foamy for those who are a fan of their foamy drinks.

Apart from the food being very good a modestly priced the place also was very nice and it was easy to feel welcome there. It's kept rather casual and suits both pairs of people as well as a larger group without being too crammed. What I also liked about the place is that it seems very authentic and has a sense of charme to it. We were there when they proudly announced on the board that they haven't used any animal product in 119 days - hinting at the transition from a vegetarian menu.

We are very happy they made the transition, and would recommend anyone visiting Istanbul to stop by. The LiT is also near to Galata Tower which makes it easy to incorporate in your tour of Istanbul.

Pros: Nice and casual atmosphere , Tasty and varied food for rather low price, Suitable for groups

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Wonderful food and drinks! - Edit

LIT has wonderful vegan food and super healthy fresh juices. Very welcoming staff, and chic interior design! Superb coffee made just the right way too! A gem well deserving of five stars!

Pros: Way above average quality of food!, Friendly - English spoken, Easy to find

Cons: Invaded by noisy businessmen at 12.00pm

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delicious food - Edit

now full vegan and conquered my heart!! very delicious food and peaceful place!

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Welcoming a New Vegan Cafe in Town - Edit

Lit Karakoy, a former vegetarian eatery, has become vegan.
Its central location and great food makes it a top choice for us vegans when out and about in popular Karakoy area.
Their menu offers many healthy and tasty, whole-food plant-based choices in a lovely atmosphere whether for a hearty lunch or simply for coffee & cake.

Pros: Friendly, Central location

Cons: Maybe bit difficult to find the first time

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