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Avşar Café (Beşiktaş çay bahçesi)

Şair Leyla Sokak, Beşiktaş, Istanbul

Daily, from early until late

A charming, traditional tea garden right in the middle of Beşiktaş, where tea and a very small selection of toasted sandwiches are served while you rest on what look like uncomfortable low chairs (actually they are not). Great for getting a short reprieve from Beşiktaş’s madness.

If you’re feeling peckish, the excellent Balkan Lokantası right next door serves delicious home-cooked cuisine.

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