Vefa Bozacisi

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Katip Celebi Cad. 104/1, Vefa, Istanbul, Turkey, 34470

Historical shop producing the fermented vegan drink boza. Boza is served in individual glasses which you can drink at the tables, or buy a larger amount for take-away. Also sells other products like vinegar and lemon concentrate. 15 minute walk from Laleli-Universite tram stop. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-12:00am.

10 Reviews

First Review by SG213

MiandJa

Points +137

Vegan
21 Sep 2021

Two fantastic desserts!

Tastes like a mix of joghurt and pudding, really tasty. Also try the sweets opposite to the shop, the helva is only for vegetarians because of butter in it but was really really tasty too!

Updated from previous review on 2021-09-21

Sushinina

Points +2013

Vegan
28 Aug 2021

Nice drink

Has a slight vanilla taste & is not too sweet.

Updated from previous review on 2021-08-28

Chad_and_Emily

Points +1084

Vegan
29 Jun 2021

Wasn’t sure what to expect, but delicious!

Can’t really add anything but I just wanted to leave a recent review. This place is still here and it is so good! Definitely a locals kind of place. Just walk up, order your drink and walk away.

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Pips

Points +1367

Vegan
28 Oct 2019

Vegan boza

Delicious traditional vegan probiotic drink. Well worth the trip. Come check out the city aqueduct and come here on the way past. Cool historic building. A must!!!!!

MajaBizjak

Points +205

Vegan
19 Jan 2018

Mmmm

İ was so happy when İ found out Boza is vegan. İt is authentic, delicious and healthy. Actually you can find bottled boza everywhere, but to have a fresh one, with cinnamon on top, served in glass, just go to this place. İt is small and cozy, plus cheap.

p.s.: there are different brands of boza, you can find even cheaper bottled ones, but this brand is the best quality. Also fun fact for history lovers, the place is keeping the glass that Atatürk drank boza from.

Pros: delicious, authentic drink, cheap

KelseyHudspeth

Points +675

Vegan
19 Mar 2017

Fav spot in Istanbul

Seriously, this is amazing! All you need is 10 min to stop in, grab a glass for 3TL, run across the street for some roasted chickpeas, and you're set. It's filling as well!

veronicajones

Points +152

Vegan
14 Mar 2016

!!!

Worth the trek - boza is delicious, and the place is an institution. Buy a small packet of chickpeas at the place across the street to add to your boza. Yum!
Updated from previous review on Monday March 14, 2016

Basak

Points +79

Vegan
04 Nov 2015

Winter is comming

Boza contains bulgur water and sugar. they fermented with yeast(boza)
It served with ground cinnamon and roasted chickpea. These tastes suits each other

If you want to drink vegan winter drink without alcohol you can try Boza. and they also sell bottled Boza

Enjoy!

aradhakr

Points +150

Vegan
21 Jan 2015

Delicious

Nothing much to add to the other reviewers, just keeping the reviews fresh. An exquisite drink. Kind of has the consistency of a well blended apple sauce, but slightly more liquid. Definitely worth a visit.

Cost is 3 TKL for a small glass.

SG213

Points +731

Vegetarian
29 Nov 2013

An authentic taste of Istanbul

Boza is a very interesting fermented drink that could be described as something like a vegan yoghurt. It's usually generally available at winter time, but at the Vefa boza shop you can buy it all year round, when it's not available anywhere else.

The "drink" itself is unusual in that you might not enjoy it very much the first time you taste it. I didn't like it the first time I tried it since I wasn't expecting the combination of sweet and acidic flavours, and unusual texture. But now I really enjoy it. The interesting thing is that it gives an amazing energy/well-being boost, especially if you try it after a long day walking around the city. Just see if you can notice it after trying some. It was traditionally only served in winter due to lack of refrigeration at the time, but I think it's almost better as a refreshing drink/food in the summer.

The shop is also a mini tourist destination in itself - it's just a small place but it looks like it hasn't changed that much since the 1876 date when it was established. It's quite unique really.

A glass of boza (with or without cinnamon) is just 3TL, and you can sit in the place and drink it, or you can buy one of the larger containers to take-away (but they will need to be kept in a cool place. You can refrigerate it, but it may become slightly lumpy). You can also buy some sort of spiced Ottoman-style "sherbet" drinks and ice-cream etc., but the boza is the main attraction here.

The opening hours are fantastic - until midnight every day of the week, so you can pop in at 11pm on a Sunday night for your boza hit before going home :)

Note: Vefa also frequently have a stall in the Hippodrome area (with the obelisks) near the Blue Mosque during Ramadan and also other times when there are food stalls set-up for exhibitions etc.

Pros: Amazing nutritious vegan drink, Historically evocative shop, Extensive opening hours

Cons: Limited selection apart from main item, Area very quiet at night

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