Tea Garden in Sultanahmet & Around

Derviş Aile Çay Bahçesi

Superbly located directly opposite the Blue Mosque, the Derviş beckons patrons with its comfortable cane chairs and shady trees. Efficient service, reasonable prices and peerless people-watching opportunities make i…
Nargile Cafe in Sultanahmet & Around

Cafe Meşale

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…
Cafe in Sultanahmet & Around

Lâle Pastanesi

This bygone hippie-trail hang-out, once known to hippies worldwide as the Pudding Shop, now substitutes bland food in place of its former menu of psychedelic music and hash chillums. Nonetheless, you may wish to dro…
Bar in Sultanahmet & Around


We don't recommend eating at this rooftop hotel restaurant near Aya Sofya, but the view from its narrow balcony and glass-sheathed dining room is one of the Old City's best (spot Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque, Topkapı …
Bar in Sultanahmet & Around

A’YA Rooftop Lounge

Open in summer, this rooftop bar has a full-on view of Aya Sofya, Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı and the Bosphorus, while the Blue Mosque is only partially obscured. Cocktails (₺49), meze (₺30) and an impressive sele…
Bar in Sultanahmet & Around

Kybele Cafe

The hotel lounge bar–cafe close to the Basilica Cistern is chock-full of antique furniture, richly coloured rugs and old etchings and prints, but its signature style comes courtesy of the hundreds of colourful glass…
Tea Garden in Sultanahmet & Around

Caferağa Medresesi Çay Bahçesi

On a fine day, sipping a çay in the gorgeous courtyard of this Sinan-designed medrese is a delight. Located close to both Aya Sofya and Topkapı Palace, it houses a craft centre and serves simple food at lunchtime.
Bar in Sultanahmet & Around

Hotel Nomade Terrace Bar

The intimate terrace of this boutique hotel overlooks Aya Sofya and the Blue Mosque. Settle down in a comfortable chair to enjoy a glass of wine, beer or freshly squeezed fruit juice. The only music that will distur…
Nargile Cafe in Sultanahmet & Around

Gülhane Sur

Scruffy but authentic, this cafe is recommended for a nargile (₺20) on the platforms tumbling down the hillside.