Vefa Bozacısı Istanbul

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Vefa Bozacısı – Historical shop, peculiar drink

This small place in a quiet corner of the old city is the boza capital of Istanbul. You might be wondering what boza is – it’s a bizarre drink! Made from maize and fermented wheat, it has a thick consistency – so much that you can almost eat it with a spoon. Historically, the season for boza is fall until mid-spring, so if you’re in Istanbul during these times, go for a boza and see if you like it – it’s one of those things that people either love or hate. 

The tradition is to put cinnamon on boza and have it with leblebi – roasted chickpeas. I actually enjoy the atmosphere here and leblebi more than the boza! Unfortunately Vefa doesn’t sell it but there is a tiny shop just across that roasts fresh leblebi.

Vefa Bozacısı is quite a big company now, so they also produce boza in bottles that you can enjoy at home (if you’re that in love with it!). 

The shop is open year-round, and in summer you can try more refreshing alternatives as the old-timer tamarind juice or şıra, another grape drink. Don’t worry if you don’t have an adventurous taste in food, they have lemonade too! 

Tip for bookworms: For those who have read Orhan Pamuk’s ”A Strangeness in My Mind”, this is the drink that the main character, Mevlut, sells in the streets.

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Details about this spot



Vefa Cad. No: 66, Istanbul

Telephone number


Opening Times

08:00 - 00:00 daily


Glass of boza: TL 3


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)