Nightlife

Top Choice Nargile Cafe in Bazaar District

Mimar Sinan Teras Cafe

A magnificent panorama of the city can be enjoyed from the spacious outdoor terrace of this popular student cafe in a ramshackle building located in the shadow of Süleymaniye Mosque. Head here during the day or in t…
Top Choice Tea Garden in Bazaar District

Çorlulu Alipaşa Nargile ve Çay Bahçesi

Set in the vine-covered courtyard of the Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medrese, this nargile cafe near the Grand Bazaar is the most atmospheric in the Old City. Nargiles cost ₺25 and are best enjoyed with a glass of çay (tea; ₺2…
Bar in Bazaar District

Vefa Bozacısı

This famous boza bar was established in 1876 and locals still flock here to drink the viscous tonic, which is made from water, sugar and fermented barley and has a slight lemony tang. Topped with dried chickpeas and…
Cafe in Bazaar District

İstanbul Kitapçısı Cafe & Bookshop

The sweeping Golden Horn view from the large terrace is the best reason to take a breather at this city-run cafe perched above bustling Atatürk Blvd. Tea, coffee, toasted sandwiches, ice cream and other light fare i…
Cafe in Bazaar District

Pandeli

Pandeli is currently closed with some uncertainty over its future. Dating from 1901, it has three salons that are encrusted with stunning turquoise-coloured İznik tiles and also feature painted ceilings and chandeli…
Cafe in Bazaar District

Kahve Dünyası

The name means 'Coffee World', and this coffee chain has the local world at its feet. The secret of its success lies in the huge coffee menu, reasonable prices, delicious chocolate spoons (yes, you read that correct…
Cafe in Bazaar District

Şark Kahvesi

The Şark's arched ceiling betrays its former existence as part of a bazaar street – years ago some enterprising kahveci (coffeehouse owner) walled up several sides and turned it into a cafe. Located on one of the ba…
Cafe in Bazaar District

Ethem Tezçakar Kahveci

Bekir Tezçakar's family has been at the helm of this tiny coffee shop for four generations. Smack bang in the middle of the bazaar's most glamorous retail strip, its traditional brass-tray tables and wooden stools a…
Tea Garden in Bazaar District

Lale Bahçesi

Make your way down the stairs into the sunken courtyard opposite the Süleymaniye Mosque to discover this outdoor teahouse, which is popular with students from the nearby theological college and İstanbul University, …
Cafe in Bazaar District

Darüzziyafe (Former Soup Kitchen)

Set in the former imaret (soup kitchen) of the Süleymaniye Mosque, this cafe has a gorgeous courtyard, so is an excellent tea or coffee stop. The food is mediocre and not recommended.