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Simdi Cafe

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Asmali Mescit Mah. Asmali Mescit Sok. Atlas Apt. No. 5 Tunel, Istanbul 34, Turkey
+90 212 252 5443
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Istanbul, Turkey
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319 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Simdi Cafe on Asmalimescit, at the end closer to Istiklal street is an excellent choice to meet friends and eat or drink something before a show or a film or just a chat. It is nice and comfortable with couches as well as tables. They have a variety of food, from very good soups to excellent salads or a regular... More 

Thank Nesligul D
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Very, very nice cosy place to have a drink, have something to eat, or be there reading a book or a paper. Friendly people, nice decoration, one of my favourite places in Beyoglu.

Thank Martijn L
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016

A really low key place. Beautiful decor, and great atmosphere. Whenever we stop for coffee there is always a good crowd, but it never seems anything but relaxed and somehow "cool". Food is good, and try the couch near the front windows. Pretty close to top of my favourite coffee spots.

Thank budgeb
Los Angeles, California, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 January 2016

Great spot for breakfast, dinner, drinks - good coffee and very reasonably priced. English menus available.

Thank Annie S
San Francisco, California
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2016

Right off of Istiklal Street this cafe is very lovely with a soothing ambiance. We went there for a late dinner and it was a welcome respite from Istiklal, which was becoming a crush. Everything on the menu is very reasonable. I'd wanted to have a pide while in town and I really enjoyed theirs...with melted cheese and sirloin steak.... More 

Thank Douglas A
Copenhagen, Denmark
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

We had lunch - The salmon was really good and the vegetables prepared to perfection. Reason we didn't give five point: bread was old and dry and the atmosphere was a little cold.

Thank MariaT-DK
Istanbul, Turkey
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2015

Simdi (which means “Now”) is an up-market cafe located at the upper end of Asmali Mescit Sok., near the junction with Istiklal Street. The sign is a clock on the façade with “Simdi” on it. The front section, in which the bar is also located, has low, comfortable, upholstered seats as well as a large wooden table and is the... More 

Thank worldtraveller293974
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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704 reviews
390 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2015 via mobile

Located in an old interesting street Asmali Mescit in PEra. Cool music. Larger than you imagine. Best area for sitting away from the noisy street is at the back of the lounge with Arabic blue tiles. Red couch and even a stray affectionate pussy cat nestling amongst the cushions. Extensive drinks/cocktail list. Cake and homemade Dondurma (ice cream). A good... More 

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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2015

Very nice ambiance, serves Illy coffee, very nice breakfast with selection of jams, cheese and eggs. Will definitely visit again.

Thank Spyros P
London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2015

If you are tired of the busy shopping street and you want a bit of time for yourself this is the perfect place. As soon as you enter you will fell like to be in a wagon of the old train; in a garden, in a peaceful courtyard... This is a place were you can stimulate your imagination eating and... More 

Thank Manuela E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Asmali Mescit Mah. Asmali Mescit Sok. Atlas Apt. No. 5 Tunel, Istanbul 34, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu
  • Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
  • Phone Number: +90 212 252 5443

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Beyoglu

Neighbourhood Profile
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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