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Vefa Bozacisi, Istanbul

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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. Add Vefa Bozacisi and other attractions to your Istanbul trip itinerary using our Istanbul sightseeing website .
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  • Highly recommend. Seat pleasant, interesting. Natural product. Across from the Soda Shop 0.3. Opposite the store nuts for Bosa.
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  • A picturesque stop in an old establishment in the period décor and which serves only a single drink: the famous boza, drinks the thick Black Cohosh with a lemony taste. Not famous but worth the visit to this small establishment. Accessible from the mosque of Süleyman the magnificent (which offers a unique panorama in height on the Golden Horn) through the student quarter with universities. Friendly market without crossing of tourists. The ancient aqueduct of Valens is not far.
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  • Atmospheric place with history. Delicious unusual drink, decorations like petrified in the past. It's nice that most visitors are locals.
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  • This is a really unique and interesting treat. Sweet and tangy, almost like a custard this fermented drink is good. Try it with the chickpeas, buy then from the shop across the street. When you enter the building you know this has been a go-to place for many years in the neighbourhood. You come in grab your cup of boza, pay and enjoy. It's hard to have only one.
  • It is definitely an experience to step in and drink boza in this historical place.. Boza is a fermented traditional Turkish drink... Sweet & tangy, smoothie-like drink and it is good for you. You’ve gotta drink it with some cinnamon and you HAVE to top it with roasted chickpeas that you can buy from across the street.. If you are going to try this traditional drink, this is the one and only spot to do it. Vefa is ‘the’ place for Boza. It surely is addictive if you get used to the taste...
  • I try to stay away from this place because I have a gargantuan desire to drink more and more boza and I cannot stop myself drinking until I’m about to die when I'm there. For those who don’t know what it is: Boza is a malt drink made from fermented wheat. It has a thick consistency, a low alcohol content (around 1%), and a slightly acidic sweet flavor.
  • Ok. It was also good for people who wants to see something about turkish and ottoman history. I must say the taste of this drink or puddinglike dessert was awful. But as we know everyones taste like is different (i hope its written in right sentences). If you like Biothings you will loveee it. Cause this drink is made out of fermented grains and many other corns.. Its also important to say that it has so much benefits for your health. Its high in iron,phosphor, vitamine A,B1,B2,E. So if you coming down with a cold this drink will be reaaallly good for you. But the taste will stay the same 😅.. turkish people do drink this often in winter.. so its kind of prevention. Also its good for your digestion.. so if you have some problems with your friends in your stomach you can also buy some glasses in different ml there. Its original and a famous place for Boza. In the end i can give you a recommendation what would make the taste of it a bit better.. on your way to this little pretty historical and often fully place you should buy "leblebi". Leblebi are roasted chickpeaks. It sounds worst than before but give it a try 😉
  • Boza is a traditional Ottoman drink that is difficult to describe to the uninitiated. The thick, creamy drink was inevitable part of the traditional Bulgarian breakfast along with the cheesy filo pastry. It is prepared of fermented wheat and has a high nutrition value. As is a Turkish thing I expected to see it everywhere in Istanbul alas only found boza at this place. The place is very very lovely authentic - painted ceramics, antique looking wall shades, round wooden tables, floor tiles carrying the footprint of passing times. A glass of boza is only 3trl and was different to boza I had growing up in Bulgaria. It was very thick, sweet and pale yellow, dusted with cinnamon. I ate it with spoon. Delicious but an aquired taste! Try it while it's still there :)
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