During my visit to Istanbul, I patronized Corlulu Ali Pasha daily, every morning before exploring the city, and returning at night to continue soaking up the atmosphere.
Tucked in an old cemetery and a former religious school, Corlulu Ali Pasha is today home to a few cafes serving nargile (sheesha) and beverages: Turkish coffee, apple tea etc.
You may think that you came to the wrong place after seeing tombstones near the entrance. But once you've passed the archway, it's like entering a Genie's palatial home inside a magic lamp. Turkish rugs adorn the walls, various fragrance of nargile waft through the air, and colorful lamps hang on the ceiling casting a warm and mystical mood.
There was a resident mother cat and her kitty during my visit. The manager told me that the mother cat had lost the rest of her litter with only one remaining. I hope they are still together.
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