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Sofa Cafe & Restaurant

#116 of 12,343 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Sultanahmet
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Mimar Mehmet Aga Caddesi No:16 | Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 458 3630
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09:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 00:00
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Cairo, Egypt
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26 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Ordered Italian pasta, it was tasty. They just need to add more sauce & put some herbs or provide it upon serving The place is good & was nice to have a good chat with a friend there.

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singapore
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310 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

it is at downstairs of nobel hostel managed by friendly siblings. nice place to relax with a cup of tea

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Stratford, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Located just below the Blue Mosque and Arasta Bazaar. In 4 days, ate here twice. Both times had a selection of appetizers but always the Mezze platter. Very fresh and great selection of items. 2 appetizers and a bottle of wine made for a wonderful evening in this small bistro. Excellent service.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We were in Istanbul for a 4 days stay and lived close by this café. During our stay we visited this awesome place several times. The atmosphere is amazing and the host was very kind and provided always good service. I will definitely stop by again for my next trip to Istanbul.

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Prague, Czech Republic
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Delicius food very friendly staff. Good price. Recomended for everybody. Nearby Sultanahmed square. Night terase with beutiful wiev on blue mosque.

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Thank Martin H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

The Sofa Cafe-Restaurant is a quaint little restaurant that blends in well with it's environment. It has a nice spot in the heart of the old city in Istanbul. You will have to park in the street as the nearest parking is around the Mosque. The waiters served us in a short time and the orders were recorded correctly. It... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Been here twice and really like it. Big portions, good food and chilled atmosphere. Great place to chill on the pavement and watch life go by....

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Reno, Nevada, United States
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

This cafe had come highly rated and after checking it out one day we returned for a relatively late dinner. No one else there when we sat down(outside) but another group came before we finished. Food was good and the Efes beer was cold(as advertised). Nothing to really rave about but a good value for simple,well prepared food.

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LottyToronto
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153 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

The food is good, the glasses of wine generous, the service friendly, without overzealousness or hassles. There are only a few tables inside, and a few more outside, so arrive early in high season or be prepared to wait. A relaxing antidote to the larger and urgently-promoted restaurants in the area.

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Wellington,NZ
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Called in here for an early dinner on the recommendation of a local shopkeeper. Very attentive staff. Clean and comfortable surroundings. My wife had lentil soup which was very tasty, good amount with nice bread. She also had the nicest rose tea. I had meatballs with just the right spiciness and a lovely salsa - washed down with a glass... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12
Cuisine
Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 00:00
Monday
09:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 00:00
Thursday
09:00 - 00:00
Friday
09:00 - 00:00
Saturday
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mimar Mehmet Aga Caddesi No:16 | Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 458 3630

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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