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Mesale Cafe

Arasta Carsisi No:45 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 518 95 62
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good43%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“pancakes” (16 reviews)
“mixed grill” (4 reviews)
“chicken” (8 reviews)
Open Now
00:00 - 23:59 Hours
Cafe, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Halal, Vegetarian Friendly
Arasta Carsisi No:45 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a pleasant place for moments of relax. Enjoy the late afternoon, try some snacks or a baklava surrounded by Turkish culture, drink the traditional tea, smoke a narguilê and marvel at the traditional dance show. although it may seem like a tourist site, will quickly...More

Thank Alfredo C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to mesale cafe on every trip to Istanbul and this time I was quite disappointed. After a 3 year break I was really looking forward to returning but was let down. Food quality wasn’t the same and staff just seem too busy...More

Thank Gizmoheen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Choose it to live a classical oriental night, with Turkish coffee or tea, eating a very tasty gözleme or a kebab. You enjoy for sure the dervish dance listening a really nice live music. Everything just under the Blue Mosque...

Thank Davide T
Reviewed 9 June 2018

We very much enjoyed the music, dancing and atmosphere in this cafe/restaurant and were made very welcome. The food was fine and plentiful without being outstanding and was good value.

Thank Rae5MK
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Very friendly staff. Felt really comfortable. I found it quite noise to appreciate the whirling man but I suppose it's a good intro. Food was not bad.

Thank Essack M
Reviewed 6 May 2018

Loved this cafe, popular with turks as well as tourists. Great mix of the old and new, water pipes, turkish music, whlrling dervish and the click clack of lively backgammon games. Food is standard kebab fayre.

Thank myzornis
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Rude stuff food is less than good and I will never go back again there. The person who takes orders is not customer service oriented at all.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 May 2018

Great atmosphere, great location, great food, great service, reasonable prices. Best gozleme in the city! We came back many times during our stay. It's great at any time of a day. Good live music. In the evening there's a whirling dervish show. Definitely worth checking...More

Thank EmiAndMed
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Great food great service , amazing Turkish pancakes You must try , with live music , we had breakfast and lunch here such friendly staff too

Thank Stephen P
Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

If you are interested in good food to be served with respect, this should be the last place to go in the area. However it is good for sheesha , drinks, and entertainment. It is not only the taste but quality of ingredients like meat...More

Thank Ursud A
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
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Questions & Answers
Mazen A
17 November 2017|
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Response from Sanil K | Reviewed this property |
yes I believe, we saw it around 7pm then they stopped for prayer.. after that only songs... it depends on how busy they r I doubt ;) anyhow u can see it from street...
Arun P
7 November 2017|
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Response from Renaud A | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is. I was staying close by and walk pass it every day going and back. I did not remember the show time, but there is always a live music and dance every time i was headed back to my hotel in the evening.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Arasta Carsisi No:45 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 518 95 62
It is an open air restaurant in the middle of Arasta Bazar.
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