Mavra is a cozy little spot offering classic but very tasty café dishes, including a variety of breakfast platters, sandwiches (with a bunch of light options), indulge-worthy appetizers, salads, pastas, and meat-heavy main courses. The venue features comfortable armchairs, vintage decor, soft lights, outdoor seats, and really good music (mainly classical and oldies). What’s unique about Mavra, in addition to its great location and serious I-want-to-laze-here-all-day feel, is that it’s also a kind of a shop. Mavra promotes itself as a design-café-workshop, where food is eaten and design objects are sold and also sometimes created in workshops. The objects for sale include books, toys, pillows, pins, and key rings, all very cute. Even though Mavra may not be widely famous among Istanbul’s residents who live outside the quarters of Galata, for locals of the area it’s the usual stop for lunch, coffee break, or even the entire day.
Mütevazi (a spaghetti dish made with tomatoes, olives, cheese, and basil)
Meksikalı (tacos filled with black beans and sautéed minced meat)
Kapalı Zarf - Tavuklu (a tortilla filled with spices, sautéed vegetables, melted cheddar cheese, and chicken)
Mavra: A Cozy Cafe on Serdar-ı Ekrem; by Talya Arditi
Top 7 Cozy Cafes; by Eric James
Sofa Galata: The Fukuoka of Antique Stores; by Talya Arditi
A Day on Serdar-ı Ekrem Caddesi on Galata; by Talya Arditi