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Istanbul at Night – 7 Things to Do After the Sun Goes Down

Places to Visit in Istanbul at Night. You’ve spent the entire day exploring Istanbul’s mosques, monuments and palaces. You’ve walked through the remnants of Constantinople and the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and you have the sore feet to prove it! You’ve returned to your quiet hotel room, had a shower, rest and a cup of Turkish tea. Now you’re ready to hit the city again! But where to go to Istanbul after dark? Here are a few ideas on stepping out in Istanbul!

Bosphorus Cruise

If sore feet are a priority, enjoy an evening of food, drink and live music while cruising between Europe and Asia on one of the world’s most magnificent waterways. Put your feet up as you cruise by dramatically lit mosques, palaces and under the city’s soaring bridges. Spy on the night activity in the posh Bosphorus neighbourhoods of Bebek and Ulus. The price includes a full dinner, drinks, an exciting floorshow with a Turkish belly dancer and round trip transfer from your hotel. Ask a local agency about availability. Read also: Best Place to Go in Turkey

Dinner with a View: Hamdi Restaurant

If you’re in the mood for something local then head for Hamdi. Located just steps away from the Egyptian Spice Market, this popular place serves typical Turkish fare; hot grilled kebabs, small bowls of colourful mezes, crisp green salads and last, but certainly not least, Baklava! (Dubbed Turkish Viagra buy the locals!) But the real star of Hamdi is the view. Sit on the top terrace and take in views of Galata, the Bosphorus and the magnificent mosques of Eminonu.

Balik Sokak

Just steps away from the Marmara Sea, Balik Sokak (Fish Street) comes alive at dusk with lively restaurants serving fresh fish, meze, raki and lots of beer. Expect live music, impromptu singing and dancing performed by tipsy Turkish men with big moustaches!

Nevizade Sokak

Just off the Beyoglu Balik Pazari (Beyoglu Fish market) and Cicek Pasaji, Nevizade Sokak is a narrow street chock full of bars and outdoor restaurants. The restaurants offer meze, meals and musicians at your table; the bars offer stools where you can park, people, watch and enjoy a chilled Efes beer. Some of the bars have terraces on the roof, of course, every waiter will swear blind that his bar’s terrace is more beautiful than the next guy’s! Most places have a fixed-price menu, so ask for prices in advance.

Turkish Night

If you’re a fan of music or dance, then a check out an evening “Turkish Night” dinner show, featuring traditional song, dance and costumes from the four corners of Turkey. Favourites include the fast spinning and stomping of the energetic Black Sea Dancers and the mesmerizing whirling of the famed whirling dervishes.

The evening belongs, however, by the lovely belly-dancing ladies who can show you a move or two! Book early at a local agency for good seats. Again, ask at a local agency about shows as they vary in price and program. Full dinner, drinks and transportation to and from your hotel are included in the price.

Nargile Cafe

Corlulu Ali Pasa Narghile Cafe was built in 1709 and is a well-known atmospheric water-pipe (nargile) place near Beyazit, (just 2 tramway stops from Sultanahmet stop, or a short stroll along the tramline.) This lovely hidden spot is where you can try a waterpipe or just relax and enjoy the exotic aroma of an apricot Narghile while sipping Turkish tea or coffee. Kittens will play at your feet. Old men will play backgammon. A great place to unwind after a trip to the nearby Grand Bazaar. The cafe serves a variety of tea, soft drinks and Turkish coffee.

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