Hidden among antique shops, marble columns, and old mosque fountains, Cuma is a little haven in the up and coming neighbourhood Çukurcuma. The outside area secluded by plants is nice on a chill afternoon, except the discomfort of the metal chairs. Inside, it’s cave-like hidden spot, perfectly cozy for colder days or when the sun hits the terrace too strongly. It’s a weird mixture of hip, urban, child-friendly and delicious. Upstairs there are toys and puzzles for kids. While it’s not the cheaper option in the area, the casual elegance and relative priciness attracts all the expats and the cool kids of creative industries to hang out here for a light lunch or an afternoon drink. Not the ideal place to go to with a big party, but a good spot for a punchy breakfast.
What to order: Cuma distinguishes itself with their kitchen. They use seasonal and high-quality products, and have a decent selection of wine. In all honesty, the menu and the chef have changed here since my last visit. But back then my favorites were the seasonal mushroom toast, only available during autumn and the tomato paste and homemade bread they bring ahead. The quality overall was decent, even a simple avocado tomato mozarella on sourdough gave great pleasure.