Gay friendly cafe and restaurants in Istanbul

Istanbul Gay Friendly Restaurants

The guide of gay friendly and other cafe restaurants in Istanbul, popular dining zones, fine dining, vegan, vegetarian and budget restaurants.

LGBT+ friendly Restaurants in Istanbul

Here are a few restaurants that are known to be gay-friendly. These are all fine dining restaurants which people would usually go to on special occasions.

RestaurantRestaurant Cahide PalazzoPricy
Address: Maslak 1453 Cd No:1-H, Taş Yoncası Sok, Maslak
Website: Cahide.html & Instagram
Istanbul Gay Friendly Restaurants
Cahide, Turkey’s premier drag show venue, has been captivating audiences since it first opened its doors in 2004. Over the years, it has relocated several times, but its current location stands out as the most elegant yet. Here, patrons can not only revel in dazzling drag performances but also attend concerts by some of Turkey’s most beloved singers on select evenings. Keep in mind that Cahide is best enjoyed in the company of friends, and be prepared for a substantial bill if you decide to indulge in the experience.

RestaurantBesinci Kat RestaurantPricy
Address: Soğancı Sok, No:7  Kat 5, Cihangir, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Website: & Instagram
Select Your Language This venue is temporarily closed. Please check their social media account before visiting to see if it is reopened.
Perched on the 5th floor of the same building, this rooftop restaurant-bar boasts a magnificent view of Istanbul. While prices for an ordinary meal aren’t exactly cheap, they become reasonable when you consider the meticulously prepared dishes and the breathtaking panorama of the Bosphorus Strait and the Asian side of Istanbul. The establishment also features a cozy bar that tends to get busy in the evenings, staying open until around 1:00 am. Interestingly, the drink prices at the bar are more wallet-friendly than those at most gay clubs in Istanbul. Imagine savoring your meal or sipping a glass of wine while perched over Europe, with the Asian continent unfolding before you—it’s a truly special experience.

Restaurant360 RestaurantPricy
Address: İstiklal Caddesi, No: 163, Misir Apt, Kat 8, Beyoglu.
Website: & Facebook
The restaurant is named 360, referring to a view 360 degree. Although it is less than that, the sea view is breathtaking. Located on the top (8th) floor of historical building (Misir Apartmani) right on Istiklal Caddesi.

RestaurantCok Cok Thai Restaurant Pricy
Address: Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No: 51, Beyoglu, Istanbul.
It is a Thai food restaurant located on Mesrutiyet street parallel to Istiklal avenue. When you walk from Taksim turn right from Galatasaray square, and take the first turn to left, and pass British Consulate.

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Other Popular Fine Dining Restaurants

Please click on the names of the restaurants to find them on Google Maps

RestaurantPricy Turk Fatih Tutak, Bomonti, Sisli (Michelin**)
RestaurantPricy Mikla Restaurant, Meşrutiyet Cad. Beyoglu
RestaurantPricy Nicole, Tomtom Mah, Beyoglu
RestaurantPricy Octo, Karakoy (Bosphorus view)
RestaurantPricy Galeyan Restaurant, Sultanahmet
RestaurantPricy Lacivert, Anadolu Hisarı, by the Bophorus

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Vegetarian Restaurants in Istanbul

Vegan restaurants are clustered around Kurabiye Sokak, a street that connects to Istiklal via Zambak Sokak, very close to Taksim Square. On this street, you’ll find several venues where you can enjoy vegetarian cuisine. Additionally, there are numerous other vegetarian restaurants in different parts of Istanbul. Here are our specific recommendations

RestaurantVegan Vegan Food Cartel - Taksim.
RestaurantVegan Vegan Dükkan - Taksim.
RestaurantVegan Asian Vegan Kitchen - Cihangir
RestaurantVegan Vegan Istanbul - Firuzaga
RestaurantVegan Vegan Community Kitchen - Tomtom
RestaurantVegan Kumin Vegan - Kadikoy
RestaurantVegan Turp Vegan - Moda, Kadikoy

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Traditional Restaurants

If you want to experience traditional Turkish cuisine and Ottoman dishes, we recommend the following restaurants. Please note that these establishments do not traditionally serve alcohol.

RestaurantPricy Hünkar Lokantasi - Nisantasi
RestaurantPricy Haci Abdullah - Beyoglu
RestaurantPricy Karakoy Lokantasi - Karaköy
RestaurantPricy Mahkeme Lokantasi - Karaköy
RestaurantPricy Derayeli Ottoman - Sultanahmet
RestaurantPricy Hidden Garden (Steakhouse) - Sultanahmet
RestaurantPricy Develi Samatya - Samatya, Fatih
RestaurantPricy Asithane -  Edirnekapi

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Budget Restaurants in Istanbul

In Istanbul, you’ll find numerous budget-friendly, mostly self-service restaurants, particularly in the Harbiye, Taksim, and Beyoglu neighborhoods. These eateries are ideal for enjoying daily meals at very reasonable prices. A decent-quality lunch or dinner menu can cost less than $10 in these self-service establishments, known as “lokantas” in Turkish. It’s important to note that lokantas do not serve alcoholic drinks. You’ll encounter several of these restaurants in nearly every district of Istanbul. Below, we’ve listed a few with their Google Map links, scattered throughout the area that can be considered Istanbul’s city center.

Restaurant Pehlivan Lokantasi, Harbiye
Restaurant Damak Lokantasi, Elmadag
Restaurant Balkan Lokantası, Istiklal Cad.
Restaurant Piknik Lokantasi, Istiklal Cad. 
Restaurant Ehlitat Lokatasi, Istiklal Cad.
Restaurant Balkan Lokantasi, Sirkeci
Restaurant Karadeniz Lokantasi, Grand Bazaar

Traditional Restaurant Zones in Istanbul

Istanbul Gay Friendly Restaurants

Restaurant Restaurant Nevizade Street
The famous Nevizade Street, which has rows of historic pubs and fish restaurants next to each other. It is located behind Cicek Pasaji close to Galatasaray square on Istiklal avenue. It is the traditional night -life area of Beyoglu and always busy, if the weather is fine. Cicek Pasaji itself is also a famous venue with many restaurants located next to each other along the L-shaped passage passing through the historical building. Cumhuriyet Restaurant is one of the oldest and most popular restaurant out of many others on Nevizade street.

Restaurant Restaurant Fransiz Sokagi
Some historic neighborhoods around Istiklal Avenue have recently been recreated, such as Cezayir Sokak behind Galatasaray Lisesi, which became known as La Rue Française (French Street) and has rows of francophone pubs, cafés and restaurants playing live French music. Artiste Terasse (Artist Teras) on Cezayir Street is a popular restaurant-bar which offers panoramic views of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque and Galata Tower.

Restaurant Restaurant Asmalimescit
The narrow back-streets near Tunel (the other end of the Istiklal avenue with respect to Taksim square) has rows of traditional Turkish restaurants and Ocakbasi (grill) houses. The restaurants are concentrated mainly on  Asmalimescit and connecting Sofyali streets. Previously the neighborhood had an a more intellectual atmosphere as a meeting point of artists, painters etc, but later become more commercialized with the opening of new restaurants. The restaurants are average priced, but there are alternative places dotted around where cheap-bear and food will be available. It is usually very busy on weekend evenings.

Restaurant Restaurant Kumkapi Quarter
Kumkapi is famous traditional fish restaurant street/quarter close to the coast of Marmara sea, behind Sultanahmet with respect to Golden Horn. It is mostly frequented by local people as well as tourists. The restaurants are next to each other along several small streets, and all put tables outside in summer. Local musicians wander from one restaurant to another playing traditional music, expecting to be tipped. During late Ottoman period Kumkapi was mostly inhabited by Armenians, who still have a community school and several churches there. It is also the seat of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople. It is best reached by a short taxi from Sultanahmet. Kumkapi has a station on the suburban train line Sirkeci-Halkali. 



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