Vegan Istanbul

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 13 reviews )

Firuzaga Mahallesi Turkgucu Caddesi No 51/A, Beyoglu Cihangir Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

An all-vegan cafe, restaurant and market. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Pizza, Organic, Catering, Gluten-free

13 Reviews

First Review by eqw

disappointed - Edit

The first time I wanted to have lunch over there it was closed for no reason

Pros: Good chocolate cake/brownie

Cons: they use micro wave to make the food warner and th

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Cheap and tasty traditional Turkish food - Edit

Lots of (all vegan) options and a great place to try veganized Turkish foods. The staff are friendly and will explain all the foods to you if it is your first time there.

My favourites were the eggplant and soy meat, and a salad with lentils and beans. My (meat eating) boyfriend loved the vegan donor duram (wrap) and found it very meat like and similar in terms of flavour,so a good place for vegans/veggos and also meat eaters. I only tried one of the desserts; a chocolate/nutty cake which was freaking amazing and not too heavy either. The shop upstairs sells sounds/nut based milk, pasta and sauce, homemade pickled veggies and jams etc.

I think they do microwave the warm foods but I don't think it really effected the taste or texture of anything I tried, and seems more hygienic than he food being heated all day long and served.

Pros: Cheap!, Tastey good, Quiet and local

Cons: None!

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nice little place in Istanbul. - Edit

Was worried I wouldn't be able to eat much in Istanbul before finding this little place with a nice selection of fully vegan dishes. They even have a few dessert available that looked pretty tasty. Definitely worth a second look when I get back to Istanbul next week.

Pros: fully vegan menu nice setting

Cons: small place not fit for large group.

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Sweet little Turkish mom and pop cafe - Edit

This lives next door to Istanbul's only vegan shop which also deserves your patronage. The food is authentic, cheap and the owners are lovely. It is indeed pre-prepared but it was very fresh and this is a small business offering a rare service. On the day I ate there the highlight was the owner's delicious cake invention. The vegan lahmacun was also delicious.

Updated from previous review on 2017-10-11

Pros: Authentic place with a big heart, Reasonable prices, Tasty and filling

Cons: none

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traditional food - Edit

Really nice to have the traditional food veganized! The family is really cute. The food is a bit oily and prepared I'm advance, that's why only 4 stars. But great initiative, cheap and tasty!!

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very nice - Edit

This family run cafe and store have A good selection of homemade food, which are mostly vegan versions of traditional Turkish dishes including cig kofte. As other reviewers note, they don't have much English but they are helpful

Pros: relaxed place with a good air about it., prices are good

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Great Options - Edit

This place has many vegan options such as vegan cake filled with vegan chocolate. It also sells vegan products.

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great range, all vegan. - Edit

A little cafe underneath a store. All food is vegan, pre cooked in a Bain Marie, 15TL gets you three choices. Because it's pre cooked it is reheated so not as good as if fresh made, but really filling food and great to have the variety. Important to support a fully vegan place in Istanbul!

Pros: Range, filling , all vegan

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traditional turkish food - Edit

Very nice cafe with moderate prices. They dont really speak english here but all the food is on display so you can point at what you want. Open everyday and you can try many traditional turkish dishes vegan. 100% vegan also has a vegan shop above cafe so you can buy your products although a little pricey. Negative is everything is already made so it gets reheated which sometimes comes out luke warm. Try the pede. There vegan chocolate mousse is the best ive ever had a must try. There sweets like baklava tend to be better than the savoury options.

Pros: traditional dishes great desserts

Cons: they dont speak much english and the food is rehea

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Not a bad option in Taksim area - Edit

Vegan Istanbul is about a 7 or 8 minute walk down Sıraselviler caddesi, then turning right just at Firuzağa Camii.

The upper floor has a small selection of vegan goods, while the cafe/restaurant is downstairs, with tables and (I think) a very small outside patio area at the back.

You can get a plate for 12 TL and select three options from about eight or nine. These are typically things like veggie meatballs, cooked aubergine dishes, "mücver" style vegetable burgers and savoury things like that (you can also get more than three for a bit extra).

Unfortunately they do indeed sometimes seem to have to use a microwave to heat up these dishes, which does affect the texture and flavour, I suppose it's a difficult problem for small places when they don't have enough customer turnover to keep cooking hot dishes.

They do have some other options apart from the mixed plate selection. At one time, we had Turkish sigara böreği style fried spring rolls filled with either vegan cheese or leek and vegetables. They were able to freshly fry these, and they were excellent, especially the leek version (why not have both vegan cheese and veg. in one).

Other options are vegan burgers and Turkish vegan-style lahmahcun. The burgers were honestly not great, however the lahmahcun was quite good and seemed pretty much as close as you could get to the non-veg version while remaining meat free.

They also have a reasonable selection of vegan desserts for a low price, including vegan version of baklava which is otherwise very difficult to find in Istanbul. I tried some of the mastic-flavoured chocolate cake which was quite good.

Prices are quite reasonable. Fresh orange juice was excellent. They can also make vegan version of Turkish drinks such as ayran.

Pros: Good selection of all-vegan food, Quite authentic vegan versions of Turkish dishes, Inexpensive, some nice options & desserts

Cons: Some main dish options may have to be reheated

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meh - Edit

If your hungry and this is the closest place to you then its fine but i wouldn't go out of my way to get there
The food is reheated on a microwave and is mushy and somewhat flavorless
But i had a cupcake which was pretty amazing

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Excellent variety! - Edit

It was an excellent treat to come here. We'll certainly come again while we're in Istanbul. The best part is being able to try veganized versions of traditional Turkish dishes, since there is normally so much dairy. Seating area is small but comfortable.

Pros: Amazing vegan variety.

Cons: Bring your Turkish dictionary. Fair enough!

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This is the place. - Edit

This is definitely the best vegan place in istanbul I've come across so far. Vegan istanbul is located just behind the main square in Cihangir. This restaurant/cafe has many traditional homemade dishes and vegan fast food alternatives like Lahmacun, Pide, Falafel. Run by lovely people. The best thing is, unlike most vegan places in Istanbul, it's totally affordable. Vegan doesn't have to be a rip-off! Most plates are less then 10 liras and you can get mixed plates. If you check their Facebook page, it's pretty self explanatory :) They update frequently so it's possible to follow the daily varieties and prices. There is also a shop upstairs with main Turkish vegan products like Cheese, Tofu, Döner, Köfte, Schnitzel. I wish I lived closer. :)

Updated from previous review on 2016-12-26

Pros: Cheap and cosy., Loads of alternatives: Traditional to Fast Food, Shop upstairs, so you can pick up stuff you need

Cons: Maybe the shop can offer even more?

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