Being vegan in Turkey ­čç╣­čçĚ

Even though Turkish cuisine is popular┬áwith meat products, there is a generous┬áamount of coincidentally┬ávegan dishes in this cuisine. Cold dishes cooked with olive oil are mostly vegan, as well as veggie balls, fried vegetables, some pastries, desserts and other dishes.┬áParticularly the Aegean cuisine is very┬ávegan friendly.┬áThese dishes and relevant food products can be found at┬ámany restaurants and at the supermarkets ­čŹŻ┬á­čŤĺ

As the recent years have seen a huge increase in veganism worldwide, vegan cafes and restaurants have also started popping up around some cities in Turkey, mostly based in Istanbul. It is now possible to eat great vegan d├Âner kebabs, lahmacuns, pides and drink some vegan ayran at these locations. Details on all┬ávegan cafes and restaurants with delicious and creative options can be found here­čç╣­čçĚ┬áor on Happy Cow.

Apart from vegan food stops, you can easily find the popular┬á├ži─č k├Âfte┬áshops┬áanywhere for a quick vegan bite. An┬áEv yemekleri┬álokantas─▒ (home cooking restaurants)┬áor Esnaf lokantas─▒┬á(workers restaurants) with cooked┬áfood on display┬áwill usually┬áhave some vegan friendly dishes. Zeytinya─čl─▒lar (cold dishes cooked with olive oil), k─▒zartmalar┬á(fried veggies), mercimek k├Âftesi, patates k├Âftesi (lentil balls, potato balls) are some typical examples. Unlike the ones┬áabroad, d├Âner kebab┬áshops in Turkey will never have the┬ávegan options like falafel, however recently there has been an increase in falafel shops around and some restaurants have started serving them too.┬áG├Âzleme also come with options like┬ápotatoes or spinach. does not have a vegan Turkish food section in English. Google could be a better help for more information in English or another language. However, if you are interested in┬áhaving a bit of an idea about what vegan products are available at the supermarkets or online, the google translated┬áversion┬áof the┬ásupermarket shopping┬ápage of is┬áslightly intelligible┬á­čśŐ

It is worth noting that Vegan D├╝kkan in Cihangir, Istanbul,┬áis the small but useful 100% vegan store where you can find most of the available vegan products – English spoken.
0212 243 2383 ┬Ě So─čanc─▒ Sk. no:8 Cihangir, Beyo─člu ┬Ě┬á

More pages in English:

Vegan Associations and Publications in Turkey
On the English language newspapers:

An article on veganism on H├╝rriyet Daily News by the famous news presenter┬áNev┼čin Meng├╝ – she is known to be vegan herself:┬áVegans in the Kebab Belt

An article on veganism on pro-government Daily Sabah by G├╝l┼čah Dark:┬áGoing vegan: An emerging lifestyle in the Turkish market

Some blog articles on veganism in Turkey:
Health Room: Guide to vegan food in Turkey
Teach to Travel: How to be a vegan in Turkey
VeganWorldTrekker: My Vegan Journey to Istanbul

Facebook groups in English

Here are some facebook groups about being vegan in Turkey:

The Vegan Habit
being Vegan in Turkey
Vegan in Turkey!

Latest┬áupdate: 19 September 2017 ┬Ě┬á ­čî▒