Finding a vegan or vegetarian restaurant is a big deal in Istanbul as it is the same in many worldwide cities. Istanbul offers lovely vegan and vegetarian restaurants and cafes for the vegan and vegetarian travelers.
Here we made a list of where you can find vegan and vegetarian restaurants and best of them. Most of the popular vegan and vegetarian restaurants are situated in Taksim, Beyoglu, Besiktas and Sisli on the European side of Istanbul, Kadikoy in the Asian side of Istanbul.
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Istanbul’s Top Veggie Restaurants
Pokémate Restaurant – in Nisantasi, Sisli
Pokémate Restaurant (fresh Hawaiian Poké Bowls – Take Away Available) is a unique and fantastic Hawaiian restaurant in Istanbul providing its guests a new generation sushi experience that you have never tasted anywhere before. The restaurant is situated in the modern Nisantasi neighborhood of the city, within walking distance from Taksim.
The name Poké is after the world-famous traditional Hawaiian dish, in which 3 large sushi rolls are served open on a plate. Pokémate Restaurant offers a healthy, fast, delicious way to cook your own plate, your own sushi in a concept that you can create your own Poké (Fresh Poke Bowls) here. The restaurant also offers some delectable specialties, like Sushi Burgers, Sushi Hotdogs, delicious starters like dynamite shrimps, edamame with truffles and wakame salad, various acai smoothie bowls and choice of desserts such as vegan desserts and mochi ice creams.
With its wide range of products, most of which are homemade, it ensures that you enjoy your visit every time you visit. The restaurant also offers the cooked versions of the dishes for those who do not prefer raw products. They also offer vegan and gluten-free options. You are also able to order online from their website.
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Healin Foods – in Tesvikiye, Sisli
Located in Sisli, 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 healty fats.
You may find variety of food for your taste from International cuisine to South-East Asian and Anatolian cuisine.
Address: Hüsrev Gerede Cad. No: 110 Tesvikiye, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 260 08 08
Bi Nevi Deli – in Etiler, Besiktas
Bi Nevi Deli (which means “a kind of a crazy”) – A Plant-Based Kitchen; is a popular vegetarian-vegan restaurant located in Etiler neighborhood of Besiktas and offers great vegan-vegetarian food with seasonal vegetables and fruits, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.
Plant-Based Diet, Whole Foods, Raw Food Diet, Gluten-Free Diet, Paleo Diet, Vegan Diet and Vegetarian Diet are their basic menu features.
Address: Etiler Mah., Bahtiyar Str. 10-1, Besiktas, IstanbulTel: +90 212 358 60 32
YUZU – in Moda, Kadikoy
Set in the heart of Moda, Kadikoy, YUZU is a vegan’s dream. A brainchild of Ayça Konuralp, a committed vegan herself, YUZU brings the best of Far Eastern cuisine to the vegan palate.
The establishment has carved out a well-deserved reputation, particularly for its sushi. Also garnering rave reviews are their glazed tofu and gyoza – a delightful fusion of taste and health. As you step into YUZU, expect to be greeted with the exotic aroma of Far Eastern spices and the welcoming sight of wholesome vegan dishes.
Veganarsist – in Balat
Located in the charming district of Balat, Veganarsist is a haven for those seeking a vegan twist to traditional Turkish flavors. With a quaint balcony overlooking the historic streets of Balat and a terrace perched above the Golden Horn, it’s a place where you can enjoy delightful meals.
Highlights include their soy minced ‘çi börek’, vegan ‘menemen’, gluten-free ‘sucuk’ fry-up, and bread with cashew sauce. Their spread breakfast, comprising delectable dishes, is a must-try. From various ‘köfte’, ‘lahmacun’, burgers, dumplings to mouthwatering vegan versions of many more dishes, the variety is immense. One of the favorites here is their ‘yaprak sarma’, or stuffed grape leaves.
Vegan Istanbul – in Firuzaga, Beyoglu
Stepping into Vegan Istanbul in Firuzaga, Beyoglu, you’re greeted with the warm charm of exposed brick walls, soft lighting, and marble details. The restaurant offers an innovative take on traditional Turkish fare.
Their creamy hummus topped with strawberries, sorrel, and a pomegranate vinaigrette is truly a unique blend. The chef’s approach skillfully blends the old with the new, resulting in bold, delightful flavor combinations that are bound to intrigue and satisfy your taste buds.
Pizza Locale – in Bagdat Avenue, and Moda, Kadikoy
Bringing their delicious pizzas to Istanbul with branches in Bagdat Avenue and Moda, Kadikoy, Pizza Locale caters to a broad range of taste preferences. Their diverse menu allows you to choose from classic, margarita, squash, artichoke, mushroom, and eggplant pizzas, and even offers a vegan selection.
You can also customize your pizza with whole wheat or gluten-free dough, suiting various dietary needs. The joy of biting into a freshly made, steaming hot pizza at Pizza Locale is a must-experience for every food enthusiast.
- Bagdat Avenue: Bağdat Caddesi Köşk Sok., No: 4/3 Caddebostan
- Moda: Ferit Tek Sokak No: 2B, Moda, Kadikoy
Mikla Restaurant – in Taksim, Beyoglu
€€€ · Mediterranean Cuisine, Modern Cuisine
Mikla Restaurant is an award winning restaurant of Mehmet Gürs, located in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, the Chef-Owner who pioneered the contemporary restaurant scene in Istanbul on the roof top floor of the fashionable the Marmara Pera Hotel. One of the 1 Michelin starred restaurants in Istanbul.
The dining experience at Mikla is one that engages your senses from the start to finish. Sample the lightly boiled and grilled octopus tentacle enhanced with a slightly sweet lacquer, or the pickled green bean salad with purslane and apple vinaigrette offering a delightful tanginess. Each dish is an adventure, a fascinating creation that keeps you captivated with every bite. In a nod to inclusivity, Chef Gürs ensures a vegan menu is always available for those preferring plant-based cuisine.
Mikla is not just about tantalising food; it’s also about the whole experience. The restaurant offers a sweeping 360° view of Istanbul, adding an extra layer of pleasure to your meal. As you feast on the creatively plated delicacies, let your eyes feast on the mesmerising cityscape that stretches out before you. Indeed, dining at Mikla is a multifaceted sensory indulgence, the beauty of which extends from the plate to the breathtaking panorama.
Address: The Marmara Pera, Mesrutiyet Str. No:15, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Aheste Restaurant – in Asmalimescit, Beyoglu
€€ · Turkish
Hidden away in the Pera district, Aheste Restaurant shines like a culinary gem in the city. With its unique blend of modern mezze and traditional Turkish specialties, it offers an unforgettable dining experience. One of the finest Michelin starred restaurants in Istanbul.
- Stylish dining space with a romantic ambiance.
- Menu featuring traditional Turkish and contemporary vegetarian options.
- Unique dishes like grilled lamb heart and a variety of rice preparations.
Address: Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:107/F, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Govinda – in Mecidiyekoy
Govinda is the famous vegetarian restaurant and cafe chain Govinda’s in the world and now serves as the only branch in Turkey located at the Goranga Yoga Center in Mecidiyekoy, Istanbul.
Govinda is popular for its special vegan and vegetarian menus from the Indian cuisine and welcomes their guests to experience and enjoy their ambiance. Govinda is also the first and the only pure vegetarian Indian cuisine in Turkey.
Address: Buyukdere Naci Kasim Str. No:6B Mecidiyekoy, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 234 36 33
Mahatma – in Kadikoy
Mahatma Cafe & Restaurant is a popular vegan restaurant located in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul. Mahatma serves great vegan menus as well as lovely special tiramus ve lemon pies as for desserts.
Address: Rasimpasa Mah., Macit Erbudak Sok. 50/a, Kadikoy, Istanbul
Tel: +90 535 608 32 80
Community Kitchen – in Taksim
Community Kitchen is a lively and popular vegan-vegetarian restaurant located in Taksim. Community Kitchen offers great vegan-vegetarian food from Vegan Burger, Vegan Iskender to many other great dishes.
Community Kitchen also offers open buffet every Sunday for its guests.
Address: Kumbaraci Ramp, No: 35/A Taksim, Beyoglu, İstanbul