As for tea, it is known as a reflection of Turkish hospitality. What a pertinent remark! It is that a self-invited guest finds what he expected and a blue-eyed boy of housewives’ gold days, if I may say so. In the moments under tension, “Let’s drink tea!” is a white flag. Tea reminds us domestic feelings, candidness and cosiness. Tea always requires something; a cake or a person.
So we’ve chosen 10 places for you not to drink Turkish tea just by yourself in Istanbul. Here are those places warming you up:
Fethipaşa Social Complex
Address : Kuzguncuk District, Paşa Limanı Road, Nacak Street, No: 6, Üsküdar, İstanbul
Telephone : 444 1 034
Working hours : 8:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
Mentioned as “Damad” (Groom) after the bonds of matrimony with Atiye Sultan, Abdulmecid Sultan’s sister, Fethi Paşa made a contribution to museology in Turkey. This complex named after him is run by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. In this wide-reaching complex, there is also a tea garden in addition to jogging areas and restaurant. You can spend time with your family while enjoying the view in this decent place. We guarantee you to get satisfied with greenery.
Çınaraltı Historical Tea Garden
Address : Çengelköy Road Çınarlı Camii Street. No:4 Üsküdar, 34680
Telephone : +90 (216) 422 10 36
Working hours: 7/24
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Çınaraltı, named so because of providing a service under plane trees for ages, is a perfect place for those who say “I wish I drank tea with Bosporus view now” in the middle of the night. Giving you an opportunity to bring your own food is one of the reasons being preferred most. At all hours of day and night, it’s a place to be able to embrace you thanks to its tea. For those who cannot bring their own food, breakfast and dining options are available. You will be able to say in here: I drank tea as it should be.
Address : Bereketzade District, Galip Dede Road, Fırçacı Street, No 2/A, Beyoğlu
Telephone : +90 536 580 4300
Working hours : 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Ceneviz, a pretty lovely place under Galata Tower… It is a place that you can easily relax and drink a glass of tea in a hectic day. Because it has already captivated the customers with fast waiters of it. It’s an authentic place thanks to its location and ambiance. Narghile-lovers! Narghile Delight in the shade of Galata Tower… Not bad all, ha? You also have that chance in Ceneviz.
Setüstü Tea Garden
Address : Sultanahmet- Cankurtaran District, Alemdar Road, Gülhane Park, Fatih
Working hours : 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
This is a cosy place at the top of Gülhane Park. Grab your bagel and cheese and make for here as soon as possible. An urn of tea will be served for your order considering the number of persons. After a beautiful but tiring walk, it is an excellent place for you to rest. The view is peaceful. If you find a place at the top floor of the verandas, you can enjoy this view.
Süleymaniye Lale Tea Garden (Lalezar)
Address : Süleymaniye District, Şifahane Street, No: 2, Fatih
Telephone : +90 212 555 9853
Working hours : 8:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
An old madrasa near Süleymaniye Mosque was turned into a tea garden. Lale Tea Garden, formerly the place in which the students of Istanbul University were spending their time most, hosted some of the cast of a costume drama television series, Hatırla Sevgili. You can sit those spots which lots of major names especially Belçim Bilgin Erdoğan, Berk Hakman, Ayfer Dönmez and Umut Kurt, and read your book peacefully or feel as if you were also a part of there while sipping the tea in this place named as Ikram before. Who knows what that place in which Yaşar acted by Umut Kurt and Işık that dear Ayfer Dönmez brought into life met each other is hiding for you… Let’s go and have a cup of tea!
Address : Anadolu Hisarı District, Mutezem Close, No 1, Beykoz
Telephone : +90 216 462 3530
Working hours : 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.
This colourful place over Otağtepe in which you can watch Anatolian and Rumelian Castle is ideal to enjoy tea. Especially guests with children can prefer to rest easily. Because there is a mini-park suitable for outdoor use. You will feel as if you were in a country house while spending time here. Moreover, a country house which you will have no parking problem… It left nothing undone for the guests with its own parking area. You can talk to your friends and find peace in here.
Address : Kapalıçarşı, Beyazıt District, Halıcılar Road, No: 58-60, Fatih
Telephone : +90 212 528 1613
Working hours : 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fes Café, an authentic place to relax in Grand Bazaar. It’s impossible to ignore handworks of famous drawing masters and furniture companies in Fes Café having the ears of the guests with its decoration. The whole place is decorated with several paintings and trinkets. You can sip your tea while enjoying this visual feast. It guarantees you to fulfil your energy that you need to go on your tour. Because it has a refreshing ambiance.
Ağa Kapısı Café
Address : Demirtaş District, Nazır İzzet Efendi Street, No: 11, Fatih
Telephone : +90 212 519 5176 / +90 532 326 6183
Working hours : Sunday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 12 a.m. / Friday-Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
It served as the official commander’s office of the Lord of Janissaries until 1826. Just like other old buildings, this one also struggled with fires several times. Nowadays, Ağa Kapısı is a place that you can watch İstanbul’s view from the height you wish. Besides the taste of the tea, it captures the hearts with its presentation. You’ll be lost in thought of Istanbul’s beautiful silhouette with its nice choice of music and even maybe your tea will get cold. That’s ok! Your tea pot is right in front of you. Enjoy it!
Address : Yıldız District, Yıldız Park, Beşiktaş
Telephone : +90 212 327 4501
Working hours : 8 a.m. –8 p.m.
In the past, it was made as a garden décor of the palace by Sultan Abdulaziz. It is a quiet place in Yıldız Park. So you can relax here while drinking your tea after a busy day or week. It enables you to have a talk in touch with nature. One of the largest pools of Yıldız Korusu (Yıldız Woods) is in here. It is an inspiring place to unearth poetical side of human being. It is also one of the right addresses for your romantic rendezvouses. You can breathe the fresh air and relax while cuddling with your book. It has an indoor space for cold weather as well.
Dolmabahçe Tea Garden
Address : Vişnezade District, Meclis-i Mebusan Road, Dolmabahçe Square, Beşiktaş
Telephone : +90 212 292 2837
Working hours : Monday-Friday, Sunday 9 a.m. – 2 a.m. / Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 a.m.
Dolmabahçe is a famous quarter of Istanbul where Fatih’s Navy landed for the first time and the ships started to stand during the Conquest of Istanbul. It is one of Turks’ musts besides being a tourist attraction. Because it is possible for you to drive your car to the coast and get a service. In other words, you can sip your tea in your car or at the table if you wish. It is also a resting place you can ever see Kabataş Mosque, Maiden’s Tower and Bosporus Bridge at the same time.
BONUS: FERRY ROUTES
No doubt that enjoying the sea of Marmara is the most pleasant trip of Istanbul. Tea keeps you company even in there. You’ll see Maiden’s Tower while grabbing your tea and enjoying the Bosporus view. Where can you feel better in Istanbul? Don’t leave there without experiencing this pleasure in Istanbul. If you share your bagel with seagulls, we guarantee that you double the pleasure you’ll get. If you are lucky, you can run into even a musician as well.