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Address: Mollafenari Mh., Istanbul, Turkey

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WATER PIPE

That place is a very best location,near grand bazaar,on the way of Tram,many people go there for water pipe, the thing only not good is you can not relax if it is too much... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ferhat04
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

That place is a very best location,near grand bazaar,on the way of Tram,many people go there for water pipe, the thing only not good is you can not relax if it is too much crowded, because the tables are very close to eachothers,

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

This used to be a school hence the term "medressesi" which means Islsmuc school. Out front is an actual grave which is like a historic cemetery(think that's cool though). I've never seen anything like that before. Beside it's definitely old school rugged. It's has some tourist but mainly a Turkish hangout spot and I like that. It's nice to get... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Great authentic place, best Shisha, friendly service , reasonable prices , in the old city, must try the apple tea, there are several cafes in the same setting, stay at the first one to the left as you enter . Istanbul is an amazing city but remember you are still in the Middle East, use common sense , prices varies,... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Lot of different kinds of Nargile. Great apple tea. Not touristy. A go to place for locals. A bit crowdy,

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

we are really enjoyed with authentic athmosphere of madrasah. very very famuous with hookah which is called as Nargile in turkish.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

Shisha can be smoked anywhere in instabul, at a bar even in taksim, but ... if you are looking for the oldest, more qualified place to sit and enjoy shisha and tea, this is the place to go, not just for the biggest shisha youll see, but the atmosphere and the real turkish environment you can get to experience.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the oldest places in Istanbul serving Shisha or Hookah. It is located in one of the narrow, old streets to the left of where the grand bazaar is. Highly recommended. Feels very authentic.

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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

In spite of feeling a little awkward as females, we still wanted to walk through it and see all the men smoking and drinking. There are a few shops as you enter the courtyard, and a bathroom in the rear. It wasn't extremely smoky when we walked through, but it was dark and cold, and not very inviting. Still... fun... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

Been here so many times. Given that it's packed with locals, this is the place to go for a pipe and chai. Flavours are somewhat limited but the quality is good. Service can be slow but it's the way to pass the time. Far better than the overpriced cafes in Tophane. Nothing better than smoking in an old madrese

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Lebanon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016 via mobile

We went there after we checked reviews on Trip advisor but we were so disappointed from the moment we enter the main door! We wanted to sit outside as the atmosphere inside was terrible since more than 40 people were smoking chicha (water pipe)..the waiter insisted we should sit inside because outside is "for families"..i took a glance outside and... More 

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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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