Wondering where to find the best vegan food in Istanbul? We’ve got you covered with our list. Whether you’re a vegan or not, these restaurants offer some exciting and unique flavors to try. Vegan cuisine isn’t just about veggies; it explores creative recipes from around the world. So, here are some great vegan restaurants in Istanbul for a vegan meal:
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Best Vegan Restaurants in Istanbul: Vegan Places on the European Side
1. Healin Foods
Healin Foods is a place where you can find vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free food choices. They’re all about promoting a healthy lifestyle. That’s why they use natural, organic, or high-quality agricultural ingredients. Their menu has options for both vegans and those who eat animal products. For instance, you can go for the Tikka Masala dish, which can be made vegan or with chicken or shrimp.
Teşvikiye, Hüsrev Gerede Cd. No:110, 34365 Şişli/İstanbul, Türkiye, https://www.instagram.com/healinfoods/
2. Govinda Istanbul
Do you enjoy Indian food? Well, you’re in for a treat at Govinda Istanbul. This restaurant is inside the Goraganda Yoga Center, and they make vegan and vegetarian Indian dishes. They cook these meals following some special healthy rules called sattvic and ayurvedic principles. When you eat at Govinda, you can try lots of yummy Indian flavors, like samosas and turmeric basmati rice.
Büyükdere Caddesi Naci Kasım Sokak, No:6B Mecidiyeköy (Goranga Yoga içerisinde), 34387 Şişli/İstanbul, https://www.instagram.com/govindaistanbul/?hl=en
3. Vegan Community Kitchen
Vegan Community Kitchen is a place where you can eat vegan versions of traditional flavors such as sausage, pastrami and manti. In fact, one of the restaurant’s most famous dishes is vegan kebab. There are also gluten-free lentil bread and vegetable meatballs for those on a gluten-free diet.
Ayvansaray, Lavanta Sk. No:14, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul, https://www.instagram.com/community_kitchen/
4. Kase No 16
Kase No:16 is a really cool place with its own unique concept. Here, all the food is served in bowls. They even use stylish bowls for takeout orders, not just the colorful ones you see in the restaurant. Kase No:16 also has options for vegetarians, and they make their menu using ingredients that are in season.
Teşvikiye, Teşvikiye Fırın Sk. No:16, 34365 Şişli/İstanbul, https://www.instagram.com/kase.no16/
Veganarsist is a fantastic vegan restaurant tucked away on a peaceful street in the Balat district. It’s one of the best experiences you can have in Istanbul. The place is simple and cozy, and it doesn’t get too crowded. What’s really special is the double roof terrace that offers a lovely view of the water and park. And guess what? You can enjoy delicious vegan version of lachmajun and stuffed balls here too!
Halaskargazi Mah. Kuyumcu Irfan Sok. No: 12/A Sisli, Istanbul, https://www.instagram.com/veganarsistt/
6. Vegan Istanbul
The food at this place is amazing. The restaurant itself is quite simple, with not a lot of seating available. But let me tell you, the hummus and falafel they serve are absolutely delicious. And the best part is, it won’t cost you a fortune!
Firuzaga Mah. Turkgucu Cad. No: 51/A Beyoglu, Cihangir, Koc Market Yani, Istanbul, https://www.instagram.com/vegan_istanbul/?hl=en
7. Bi Nevi Deli
Bi Nevi Deli serves up some really tasty modern vegan dishes that combine authentic Turkish flavors with hints of Mexican and other international influences. We tried their burrito and the spaghetti squash with truffle cashew creme, and both were absolutely delightful. The restaurant has a relaxed yet classy vibe and appears to be a favorite among the locals.
Etiler, Dilhayat Sk. No:10/1, 34337 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, https://www.instagram.com/binevideli/
8. Galata Kitchen
If you’re tired of the usual tourist food and want something unique, take a little detour from the main street near Galata Tower and explore the charming backstreets to discover this hidden gem.
What’s really cool is that you get to decide how much you want to eat and how much you want to spend. The only challenge is that everything on the menu looks incredibly appetizing.
Here’s how it works: You pick your choice of food from the counter, find a seat, and they bring your meal to you, all warm and delicious.
Tatarbeyi Street No: 9/B, Istanbul 34425 ,https://www.instagram.com/galatakitchen_/
Best Vegan Restaurants in Istanbul: Vegan Places on the Asian Side
1. Mahathma Cafe
Mahathma Cafe is a wonderful spot to enjoy a meal away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded tourist streets. Their chickpea wrap is truly outstanding, bursting with delightful spices and flavors that make you want to keep eating. Treat youself to one of their homemade cakes, they are absolutely delicious. To top it off, they offer a wide variety of teas to choose from, making it a complete and delightful dining experience.
Prof.Dr, Rasimpaşa Mah, Macit Erbudak Sk. No:50/A, 34716 Kadıköy/İstanbul, https://www.instagram.com/mahatmaacafe/?hl=en
After exploring Arsan Castle, lots of people visit this cafe. If you’ve never tried Turkish food, it’s a good idea to book a table and check out Kalamissia’s menu. They have tasty zeama, ricotta, and burrata. Don’t forget to try their delicious dondurma (Turkish ice cream) and perfectly baked brownies. And, of course, savor their delightful coffee or tea.
Fener Kalamış Cd. No:59 D:1a, Istanbul, İstanbul, https://www.instagram.com/kalamissiacafe/?hl=en
3. Rulo Lezzetler
Rulo Lezzetler is an affordable restaurant that serves vegan and vegetarian food. They have 25 different vegan and vegetarian dishes to choose from, and they also offer vegan buttermilk. The most loved items on their menu are the chickpea wrap and falafel plate.
Caferağa, Nail Bey Sk. No:15, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul, https://www.instagram.com/rulolezzetler/?hl=en
Inkase is a trendy cafe in the neighborhood, and they serve all their dishes in bowls. They use simple but high-quality ingredients sourced from classy producers. While they offer organic options, they go beyond the usual choices you find on many menus. They grill and dress items like baby carrots, zucchini, aubergine, and lettuce with top-notch olive oil, pomegranate juice, and balsamic vinegar. I had a delightful Mediterranean Salmon Bowl there, and I’m eager to try their Mexican, Moroccan, and Aegean bowls too. You can relax on the patio, enjoy some good music, and just chill out at this cafe.
Fenerbahçe, Dr. Faruk Ayanoğlu Cd. no:31, 34726 Kadıköy/İstanbul, Türkiye, https://www.instagram.com/inkase.tr/?hl=en