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If you have walked around in Fatih Area and looking for a place to sit and rest, the best place that you can go to is Vefa Bozacısı in Unkapanı. It has been selling the iconic drink boza since 1876. Boza is a traditional fermented drink usually made from wheat, millet, or bulgur. The drink may haunt you, much like the call of the itinerant boza vendors who wander the streets of Istanbul during                                                                                    the winter months calling out a long, mournful “boohoo-zahhh.”

Thick as pudding, and it turns sour and sweet, boza is typically served topped with cinnamon and crunchy roasted chickpeas. Next, to its delicious taste, boza is a health bomb with many benefits. Boza is effective in the digestive system with its peptic properties. In addition, as a vitamin source, it is an ideal drink for those who spend a lot of energy during the day. It is also recommended for pregnant women or women who recently gave birth, due to its lactogenic properties. It is highly effective in the treatment of cholera, throat infections and as an intestinal regulator due to its antimicrobial properties. 2 glasses of boza can supply for daily B vitamin intake of an adult. You can also pass a meal with 2 cups of boza and a handful of chickpeas, and avert obesity. The pleasant taste and odor of boza and the substances it contains have positive effects on the nervous system. It has the ability to calm the nervous system, worn out and tired for various reasons.


When Billur moved from her hometown of Izmir to Istanbul at an early age, she immediately fell in love with its charm and uniqueness. Over the years, she became part and parcel of Cihangir – a zone heavily inhabited with expats and intriguing locals, where today she is known as the real expert of the neighbourhood. Also known as an animal rescuer, Billur currently owns two cats and one dog, all three of them saved from tough conditions on the streets.

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