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Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi, Istanbul

4.3
#17 of 141 in Historic Sites in Istanbul
Religious Site Landmark
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. Using our online itinerary creator, Istanbul attractions like Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Best kahve and sisha we've had in our 3 weeks in Turkey. It is also a popular chill out area for locals (and some hipster tourists) to sisha. (So it kinda feels like a gas chamber as well, esp if you ...  more »
  • Nice historical place to see but it is not enough to say good things about here.Especially erenler tea&coffee house.Classical Turkish commercial irrationality, that is not important to protect and imp...  more »
  • This place is hands down my favorite spot to smoke hookah in istanbul... The rose water flavor is just so good. The apple is nice as well. Everything is great... The ambiance is superb and I love this...  more »
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  • Narguile is a bit overrrated here. You can find better places for sure.
  • sisha and tea
  • Best waterpipe in Istanbul!
  • Very authentic hookah place
  • jeans usually

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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