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“very relaxing”

Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi
Ranked #52 of 1,071 things to do in Istanbul
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“very relaxing”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

nice place, very popular among the locals. Just the best place to enjoy a narghile in the heart of the city!
Unlike other reviews, we actually found hard to get the attention of the waiters, therfore they are not pushy at all. Maybe it depends on the day.

Visited March 2014
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Bucharest, Romania
Level 6 Contributor
1,358 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 513 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2014

A not very big courtyard,very crowded and noisy,where a lot of men smoke their narghiles and drink tea in tiny glases,chatting like sparrows.
I think if you want to taste a narghile there are many other better places in Istanbul.

Visited October 2013
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Bellevue, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“The Art of Keyfi”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

Pass underneath the arch, past an overgrown garden and fiery coals and enter the courtyard of a wonderful Ottoman-era madrasa (religious school) with painted domes, leafy trees shading locals and tourists alike while they puff away on flavored tobacco from their elaborate nargiles and sip endless cups of Turkish Tea.

While you stand and admire this scene, you will be approached by waiter wanting to seat you. But before you say yes, take not that this is not one cafe, but two. They have the same prices, but they differ in a few ways. The cafe to the left under the painted domes has a wider variety of flavors and, well, pretty painted domes. Opposite that on the right side is Erenler Nargile, which only offers three flavors of nargile: mint, strawberry and cappuccino. However, I've found the coal guys at Erenler to be much friendlier, especially if you want to practice your Turkish. But whichever side I sit on, the nargile is always great.

Visited June 2013
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Paris, France
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very pushy!”
Reviewed February 13, 2014

This is a nice, relaxing place,Very central, close to tram station and grand bazaar.But in beetween themselves they have a secret competition for catching costumer.And this is quait annoying!in each time i was there i had felt that!
And that ruins all the atmosphere.i would prefer more welcoming staff!Because of that i dont realy recommend this place!

Visited January 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
190 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Classic nargile spot”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

It's a classic nargile spot in an old islamic medresse. Locals and tourists flock alike. Prices are 15 lira for a nargile which is totally fine. The place is a bit noisy, cramped and busy but they make a good pipe. I prefer the much calmer Turk Ocagi down the road with more space.

Visited January 2014
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