Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi, Istanbul

#17 of 246 in Historic Sites in Istanbul
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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.
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  • What an amazing place! It's really amazing. A beautiful place during the day and magical at night with all those colorful lamps. It's an old madrassa where you can now taste a delicious Turkish tea...  more »
  • Oldest shisha place from 1716. It was a madrasah from the Ottoman Period. Best place to have a best nargile.  more »
  • The most original and preserved Narghilè place you can find in Istanbul. You will be there smoking and enjoying tea only with locals in a beautiful area. Do not miss at all!
  • Such a cool place to have Turkish coffee and Shisha! It’s not fancy or chic, but who needs that when the price and atmosphere are so great! Highly recommend coming here for both coffee and shisha.

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