Turkey was advertised as the home of kebab, the reality is that Turkey has such a rich cuisine that it can cater to anyone. Turkey is amongst the top 10 countries for the highest vegetable consumption per person globally. Most traditional Turkish dishes all have a zeytinyağlı (olive oil) version, which is meat-free and usually vegan friendly. If you are vegan or vegetarian, Istanbul is the city for you. Istanbul offers lovely vegan and vegetarian restaurants and cafes for vegan and vegetarian travelers. We have listed some of the best and famous vegetarian restaurants in Istanbul that you can find there from breakfast to brunch, dinner to late-night snacking, and every meat-free meal in-between.
– Healin foods
The Healin Foods brand set out in Istanbul in 2017 to create a brand new healthy living platform.
Located in Şişli, at the heart of famous Tesvikiye near Taksim, the Healin Foods is an innovative and world-class restaurant serving the new and whole diet needs for its guests that include vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menus as well as menus with rich proteins and healthy fats. You can find a variety of food for your taste from international cuisine to South-East Asian and Anatolian cuisine.
– Bi Nevi Deli
Bi Nevi Deli (which means “a kind of a crazy”) – A Plant-Based Kitchen; is a popular vegetarian-vegan restaurant located in the Etiler neighborhood of Besiktas and offers great vegan-vegetarian food with seasonal vegetables and fruits, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Their aim is to produce delicious and nourishing dishes using whole foods, plant-based, minimally processed ingredients.
Most of this restaurant 100% vegan products, which are prepared by mother’s hand without using any preservatives and are also produced GLUTEN-FREE. Considering the special requests of their vegan friends, boutique services are provided when necessary. Besides the restaurant service, all their products are sent by cargo to all over Turkey as raw / semi-cooked / cooked and frozen, and it is possible for vegan friends to eat vegan whenever and wherever they want without being dependent on any restaurant.
The pearl of Beşiktaş, KafeNAsanat offers a small but delicious menu. It’s a cool place to visit whenever you go to Beşiktaş. This vegan-friendly restaurant is also eco-friendly in that the decor is designed from recycled materials. The inside makes you feel like you’re at home rather than in a restaurant or cafe.
Mahatma Cafe & Restaurant is a popular vegan restaurant located in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul. From the outside in, this place is as colorful as the Indian ‘Holi’ Festival of Color. The fusion cuisine is 100% vegan. A scrumptious approach to cooking, each dish has its own stunning hue. If you were ever curious as to what the famous Turkish breakfasts or pastry tasted like, but you were too vegan to try them, this is your spot.
Address: Rasimpaşa, Rasimpaşa Mah. Prof.Dr, Macit Erbudak Sk. No:50/A, 34716 Kadıköy/İstanbul
Govinda is the famous vegetarian restaurant and cafe chain Govinda’s in the world and now in Istanbul, Turkey. Govinda Istanbul is located in Goranga Yoga Center, the only pure vegetarian Indian cuisine in Turkey. Vegan and vegetarian foods are prepared according to ayurvedic and sattvic principles. Everyone in the kitchen practices bhakti yoga, and the food is prepared according to 5000 years of traditional Vedic culture. According to this practice called Bhakti Yoga, those who prepare the food are cooking with love by doing long meditations every day.
This restaurant unconsciously taps into the peaceful side of Japan. Located in a fashionable neighborhood on the Anatolian side, it’s rare to find a fully vegan Asian place in Istanbul. If sushi has never been your thing, they have salads, curries, noodles, and pad Thai.
Address: Caferağa, Şair Latifi Sk. No:41, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul
– Community Kitchen
Community Kitchen is a lively and popular vegan-vegetarian restaurant located in Fatih. Community Kitchen offers great vegan-vegetarian food from Vegan Burger, Vegan Iskender to many other great dishes.
Address: Ayvansaray, Lavanta Sk. No:14, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul