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Vefa Bozacisi, Istanbul

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Brewery Food & Drink
Visitors from all over the world seek out Vefa Bozacisi to taste Turkey's traditional drink "boza" at an authentic location. The national drink, boza is a thick malt and wheat drink served warm with cinnamon and roasted chickpeas on top. Historically, boza was served to the Ottoman Empire's soldiers as a source of carbohydrates and vitamins. Frozen in time, this little cafe oozes history and charm. Spot Ataturk's own boza glass, kept safe on a cafe shelf. To visit Vefa Bozacisi on your trip to Istanbul, use our Istanbul itinerary builder.
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  • very very very nice must be try made of corn powder ı thınk ı forget mst bety.and very healty and tasteful drink with drınks cınamon and hot cheecks  more »
  • When my friends took me to this place, I didnt think its something special. Also, i dont like to drink "boza". But, even if you font like to drink it, i would recommend to visit it because of its long...  more »
  • Orhan Pamuk's "A Strangeness in my Mind" introduced me to boza. So while in Istanbul for the Marathon and taking advantage of a cold afternoon we indulged and enjoyed it at a place which shouts "tradi...  more »
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  • No nostalgia any more ; they are not serving in glasses but plastics:( plus "boza " is served unmatured enough
  • I'm not certain if the ice cream or the atmosphere is better. Truly, a great place to step back in time, relax and enjoy yourself. Located in a traditional neighborhood with many small shops and restaurants. I highly recommend visiting this lovely establishment.
  • Vefa is an Istanbul landmark. Boza isn't for everyone, but the shop is worth a visit regardless! If you do want to have some boza don't forget to buy some warm leblebi from the shop across the street to go with it. :)
  • Very cool place and number one in istanbul
  • Very authentic place. Local drink called "Boza" served here. It goes very well with "Leblebi" (roasted chickpea) which is sold right accross the place. This little soar and sweet drink is populer and consumed by Turkish people in ages. This is must go place and must taste place if you are first comer to Istanbul.

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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