Turkish cuisine is often considered to only include kebabs and greasy foods, but there’s much more to it – especially in Istanbul where you’ll find a wonderful choice of vegan options. Many people are curious about the vegan lifestyle because of its health benefits and its care for animals. Veganism is becoming increasingly popular in Turkey and even though traditional Turkish cuisine uses a lot of meat products, it’s respected, and there are many great places for Vegan food. Let’s take a look at a few;
Located in the heart of Istanbul, Beyoglu/Taksim, this is the perfect place to escape the bustle of the city for a few moments. Zencefil has a chilled, historical vibe and its wonderful design complements the old buildings surrounding it. The main focus of the café is vegan options and vegetarian friendly cuisine, and they won the “The Best Vegetarian” restaurant award.
2. Muhtelif Mekan
What makes this café wonderful? The super tasty vegan food and the adorable cats hanging around while you enjoy your food. Add the very cosy welcome you’ll receive and the great service, and it’s easy to see how people are blown away by this place! It’s a great place to escape the city and have a little snack by yourself or with friends!
Open Hours: 10:00 – 21:00 Closed on Thursday
Location: Rasimpaşa, Beydağı Sk No:18/A, 34716 Kadıköy/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0542) 345 75 70
3. Vegan Community Kitchen
The home-made meals at this splendid café will blow you away! Food is prepared fresh each day and the flavours are truly something special. The owner is very friendly and has a passion for cooking and for recommending the best vegan dishes. You’re sure to love the ambiance of this place in Istanbul.
Open Hours: 12:00 – 23:30
Location: Şahkulu, Kumbaracı Slope 35A, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0538) 503 27 36
4. Bi Nevi Deli
It’s not just the vegan options in this place that will attract your attention; the gluten-free products and sugar-free desserts will steal your heart too. This place offers the best burgers and snickers. The name means “kind of crazy” and refers to the crazy good vegan food ideas that will spin your head round and round – just like in the song “Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round”! This café is recommended by the famous food critic Vedat Milor as the best vegan place in Istanbul.
Open Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
Location: Etiler, Bahtiyar Sk. 10-1, 34337 Beşiktaş/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 358 60 32
5. Healin Foods
Pricey yet classy, this protein-rich, vegan-friendly and gluten-free restaurant is a great place to enjoy the elite lifestyle with perfectly made dishes. The building and ambiance are deluxe and sophisticated, and as well as great tasting food they have a range of healthy shots. The name says it all; at Healin Foods you’ll experience a healthy vibe and a happy stomach.
Open Hours: 07:30 – 23:00 – Sunday 07:30 – 21:00
Location: Teşvikiye, Hüsrev Gerede Cd. No:110, 34365 Şişli/İstanbul
Phone Number: (0212) 260 08 08