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 .
Create an itinerary including Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi
map
Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
481 reviews
Google
4.1
TripAdvisor
  • August 15, 2017
    Vibrant and full of colour an original Ottoman passage where coffee meets the nargile and turks hang around to paly tavla. A true taste of original Istanbul's colours and aromas. Very close to the gra...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    A very picturesque place, the bulk of the local. All of the women, accompanied by men. Good narghile, delicious coffee in Istanbul.
    View original
  • July 28, 2017
    Strange Hookah, we even passed it first is in the alleyway, but there so cool) More delicious hookahs not smoked) Apple just ATAS. Delicious Apple tea.
    View original
Google
  • 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

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.

Where to stay in Istanbul

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.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Istanbul by other users

60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM MACEDONIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM MACEDONIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Istanbul BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA November, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: November, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Turkey BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, outdoors, romantic, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans