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- 98%Local Culture
- 98%History Buffs
- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 74%Nightlife Lovers
User Reviews (7 Reviews)
- TophaneMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsStudents+ 1First to ReviewNov 01, 2013
Tophane is one of the best hookah spots in Istanbul, right off of the tramline and conveniently next to the Istanbul Modern there are dozens of hookah cafe's to choose from. Unfortunately they do not serve alcohol (as many hookah places around Turkey do not), but the hookah is well prices with many flavors and you can grab some Turkish Coffee or a bite to eat while there!
- TophaneMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Oct 26, 2013
Even if you don't smoke, it's worth trying the hookah at least once. Turkish hookah bars enjoy a laid back vibe, with Turks puffing away and the sound of bubbling filling the air. The smell is fragrant as most hookah tobacco is flavored. I prefer coffee but I've tried peach, grape and strawberry. Tophane is more of a neighborhood than a particular bar. Located along the Bosphorus between Karakoy and Kabatas, the Tophane hookah bars are more outdoor affairs with low couches, bean bag chairs and coffee tables. Personally I prefer a place on Divan Yolu between Sultanahmet and Beyazit Square. Set in the courtyard of an 18th century school, you can smoke, have tea or coffee.
- TophaneMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 05, 2012
If you feel the urge to make like the locals and smoke some hookah (water pipe with flavored tobacco), the absolute best part of town to do so is called Tophane. This is the name of the tramway stop you can get off at as well. From the tram, turn left when facing the gas station and walk 50 meters (you´ll pass a large mosque) and take a right when you see lights and restaurants. This strip of restaurants and hookah bars is almost always packed with tons of outdoor couches and tables. Because it is so close to several mosques they don´t serve alcohol but that´s ok. Grab a sweet apple tea or the cay tea (3TL) and pick a flavoured tobacco, then head out to the bars near Taksim square afterwards.