Nargile Cafe entertainment in Istanbul
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Follow the scent of apple tobacco to this nargile cafe occupying the top three floors of an ornate building on İstiklal Caddesi (enter from the side street). It's inevitably full of young people (including plenty of women) enjoying a glass of tea and a bubbling pipe in the welcoming indoor spaces or on the small terrace with its Sea of Marmara views.
Located in a sunken courtyard behind the Blue Mosque, Meşale is a tourist trap par excellence, but still has loads of charm. Generations of backpackers have joined locals in claiming one of its cushioned benches and enjoying a tea and nargile. It has sporadic live Turkish music and a bustling vibe in the evening.