Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi, Istanbul

4.3
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Grand Bazaar, taste traditional Turkish tea and coffee, and meditate through the aromatic smoke of hookahs at Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi. Situated inside a historical building that was once a religious school and a dervish lodge, the cafe offers an authentic Turkish atmosphere. Notice the hundreds of multicolored glass lamps, walls adorned with kilims, and ornamental hookahs (or "nargile" in Turkish). The cafe's popularity with tourists and locals, as well as city cats, makes it crowded at times. It maintains the old Turkish way of relaxing, so don't be surprised if some non-traditional drinks are unavailable. Make Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi a centerpiece of your Istanbul vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Istanbul trip itinerary planning site.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
598 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • Oldest shisha place from 1716. It was a madrasah from the Ottoman Period. Best place to have a best nargile.  more »
  • This amazing place near the Grand Bazaar is the oldest shisha place in Istanbul and I would recommend you to visit it if you want to have a different and authenic experience. They make really good...  more »
  • My husband and I went here for nargile one evening. After that experience we came back almost every day during our stay in Istanbul. We loved the atmosphere and the aesthetic. Very traditional. Most.....  more »
Google
  • The most original and preserved Narghilè place you can find in Istanbul. You will be there smoking and enjoying tea only with locals in a beautiful area. Do not miss at all!
  • Such a cool place to have Turkish coffee and Shisha! It’s not fancy or chic, but who needs that when the price and atmosphere are so great! Highly recommend coming here for both coffee and shisha.
  • A real “experience”. Turns out I can’t handle my hookah, passed out cold! Staff jumped to my aid, really well looked after by both them and the friendly patrons. Can’t recommend highly enough, but exercise caution, it’s stronger stuff than we’d had elsewhere! Thank you for looking after me and apologies for causing a scene!
  • Unusual hookah bar. Real Istanbul experience. Fantastic sheesha flavours, good beverages, outstanding service and magic local ambience. You have to give it a try!
  • Liked this place, will definetly recommend it. Felt like in the old times of istanbul, everything just raw, no fancy interior or exterior.

Plan your trip to Istanbul

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Istanbul

See all ›
4.7
Duration:2 h 30 min
4.4
Duration:2 h 30 min
4.3
Duration:1 h
4.9
Duration:1 h 30 min

Historic Sites in Istanbul

See all ›
4.9
Duration:1 h
4.8
Duration:2 h
4.7
Duration:1 h
4.3
Duration:1 h

Hidden gems in Istanbul

4.4
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.8
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.2
Duration:1 h
4.8
Duration:2 h

Museums in Istanbul

See all ›
4.3
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.4
Duration:1 h 30 min
4.6
Duration:1 h

Shopping in Istanbul

See all ›
3.8
Duration:2 h
4.2
Duration:2 h
4.8
Duration:1 h 30 min
5.0
Duration:4 h

Nearby attractions in Istanbul

4.4
Duration:1 h
4.5
Duration:2 h
4.3
Duration:1 h
4.8
Duration:2 h
4.2
Duration:2 h
4.8
Duration:3 h

Plans to Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi by other users

11 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM INDONESIA March, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM INDONESIA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM THAILAND April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 30 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM INDONESIA March, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM INDIA September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 56 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BRAZIL March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM TURKEY May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 55 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
See more plans