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Places to See in Istanbul at Night

Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner, Dancing Fountain at Sultanahmet, Hamami Turkish Bath, Explore Arnavutkoy Nightlife, Smoke a bit of Shisha, Go to a Whirling Dervish Show, Visit Ortakoy Mosque, Hang out in Galata Tower, Stroll at Grand Bazaar and many more,

The Turkish city has a gazillion places to visit in Istanbul at night, from the illuminated fountain of the Sultanahmet park to the eye-catching landmark of Galata tower. While the city is choc-a-bloc with restaurants, clubs and eclectic bars for clubbers with the presence of inns like Babylon. At the same time, typical visitors who love to engage in touristy things can appreciate the stunning musical repertoire like a Whirling Dervish show. 

From relaxed evenings to riotous meyhane nights, with a wine glass in hand, set forth on an  enchanting tour of the  places to go in Istanbul in night. You can either choose to let your hair down in the centuries-old classic hamams, waiting to give you that rejuvenating rinse, or go on a yacht cruise under the stunningly-lit Bosphorus bridge. 
With the city’s night-owl tendencies coupled with lack-of-noise curfews, the areas never quiet down even in the wee hours.

Therefore, in no way do you miss the parties by the sea, neons flashing, wining and dining, while engaging in some live music performances, amidst endless shopping in the night bazaars. Here is a prompt peek into a fancy list of things to do in Istanbul at night that let you experience the grandeur of Istanbul’s nightlife.

Here is the list of places to visit in Istanbul at night:

01

Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner

Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner
When in the city of inns, why not enjoy the Strait of Bosphorus in a truly spectacular fashion, right? Of course, so select a private yacht that offers a four-hour dinner cruise while granting you ample opportunities to admire the brightened mosques and bridges.

Besides that, one of the most enjoyable things to do in Istanbul at night, on the yacht, is devouring a three-course-dinner, accompanied with several drinks, playing audience to a twirling dervish show, and glimmering entertainment from the belly dancers, and local artists.  During this four-hour cruise in the middle of Asia and Europe, you and your loved one get to click pictures and spot the remarkable mansions, waterside villas, summer houses, historical sites, and Ottoman Places on both sides of the Bosphorus Strait.

Location: Kucuk Ayasofya Mahallesi, Nakilbent Sk. No: 29, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Entry Fee: Start from 88.56 USD(requires booking)
                   Dinner Cruise (devoid of alcohol): TL 25 (Turkish Liras)
                   Dinner Cruise (inclusive of alcohol):  TL 25
                   Sunset cruise: TL 100 

Timings: The night cruise starts after it undocks at 10:30 PM. 
02

Dancing Fountain at Sultanahmet

Dancing Fountain at Sultanahmet
After the sun dips behind the skyline of the minaret and you see the moon starting to rise, the Sultanahmet Park, located between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, illuminates with an iridescent display.

A trip during the summer ensures you savor creamy dondurma (ice-creams) by the park’s illuminated fountain while soaking in the vibrancy of the atmosphere, the warmness of the people and so much more.

The Dancing Fountain at Sultanahmet is indeed one of the most magical places to visit in Istanbul in night as it offers views of the palm trees, floral beds, and color-changing fountain waters that look fantastic when everything lights up. What is going to impress you the most is the soul-soothing, richer contrast of the architecture that is both a blend of the modern and ancient designs.

Location:
 Binbirdirek Mh., Sultan Ahmet Parki No:2, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
03

Hamami Turkish Bath

Hamami Turkish Bath
A visit to the Turkish city will be deemed incomplete if you do not indulge in the revelatory experience of a Turkish bath called Hamam. So if you are planning to wind down after an exhausting day, one of the places to visit in Istanbul in the night, has to be the Turkish baths as they stay open until late at night.

The construction of a few hamams dates back to the fourteen century and they offer a complete package with face mask, oil massage, foam bath, and a scrub. Here you can replenish your lost energy levels after a day of endless sightseeing by preparing your skin for a bath in the sauna room that is followed by a body wash.

Surrender yourself to the hands of an expert masseuse after changing into your bikinis or swimming shorts, lounge on the slab of warm marble and let the attendants scrub and pummel it with a mitten and soapy water. 

Location: 
Alemdar Mahallesi, Cagaloglu Hamami Sk. No:34, 34110 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Entry Fee: 
Start from USD 115 and range between 60 to 50 USD
                   Full package-  TL 180/34 USD

Timings:
 9:45 AM and 23:00 PM
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04

Explore Arnavutkoy Nightlife

Explore Arnavutkoy Nightlife
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On a weekend, during your trip, you must head to the Arnavutköy neighborhood, which is one of the most happening places to visit in Istanbul in night. Being the most exciting nightlife destination, it has a row of superb cocktail bars with loud-enough music playing in the background and a non-stop party that resumes on the sidewalks.

You can try out the fish delicacies here in the seafood restaurants as Arnavutköy is full of them and of course sip into cocktails while enjoying good music until the dawn. Do not forget to try the bar cafes, several cocktail bars serving beer, wine and other Turkish cocktails while the DJ spins away foot-tapping numbers. 

Location: 
34345 Besiktas/Istanbul, Turkey
05

Sortie Club

Sortie Club
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If you are looking for an enchanting place that guarantees you the thrill of most nightlife activities then you cannot miss the Sortie Club. It is one of the finest places to visit in Istanbul in night as it presents the diners with elite ambiance, good music, good food, stellar views, and classic entertainment.

There are a total of three bars and six restaurants where you can try lip-smacking international cuisines, local wines besides making the most of the popular twirling tunes.  

Location: 
Kurucesme Mahallesi, Muallim Naci Cd. Sortie No:54, 34345 Besiktas/Istanbul, Turkey

Timings: It is open Sunday-Saturday between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m.
06

Go to a Whirling Dervish Show

Go to a Whirling Dervish Show
You cannot miss setting forth on a spiritual journey and watching the transcendental Mevlevi order ritual in one of the historical venues. The whirling dervishes have become one of the most iconic images today, whose roots lie with the Mevlevi order and Sufism.

And, over the years, they have become more of a cultural show organized by the Tourism and Culture Ministry. One of the most interesting places to go in Istanbul at night is Hodjapasha Cultural Center where you can watch dervishes in their pure glory, besides belly dancing and other contemporary Ottoman dance forms. 

Location:
 Ankara Caddesi Hamam Sokak No. 3B, Sirkeci 

Timings: 
Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7:30 pm 
07

Ortakoy Mosque

Ortakoy Mosque
The baroque-style Ortakoy Mosque is one of the most distinctive places to go in Istanbul at night with the bridge of Bosphorus as the backdrop, standing out with its intricate decorations. You simply cannot miss seeing the mosque during the night time, as it is not only one of the most Instagram-worthy night spots but the neighborhood is equally tantalizing as from here you can see the structure all a-glow. 

This elegant piece of architecture is bound to strike a  chord with the architecture lovers, and photographers out there, as  you can make an impressive collection of high-resolution photos of the lit-up mosque. The views of the mosque can certainly be enjoyed from the ground but for fun, you can head to the Hobo Kitchen to enjoy the views of the mosque with some animal fries and cocktails on the side.

Location: 
Mecidiye, Mecidiye Koprusu Sk. No:1 D:1, 34347 Besiktas/Istanbul, Turkey

Entry Fee:
Free 

Timings: 
Open daily between 09:00-18:00 but stays closed during the prayer times.
08

Smoke a Bit of Shisha

Smoke a Bit of Shisha
One of the most popular pastimes that the Istanbulites often engage in has to be smoking the water-pipe or the Shisha that has slowly become a staple for the tourists and locals alike. Overlooking the stunning skyline and the Bosphorus, there are many restaurants cum places to go in Istanbul at night that offer enthralling views and offer sights that can be best savored with hookah puffs, potent cocktails and scrumptious food.

You can also choose to sit snugly in alleys close to the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar that happen to be a great pitstop for the tourists and shoppers. Here you can have your senses bewitched in the shisha bars, and rest your weary feet by pulling a hookah, and trying some apple tea or Turkish coffee. 

Location: 
Mollafenari, Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi, Yeniceriler Cd. No: 36 D:28, 34120 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Entry Fee: 
Shisha starts at 70 TLR 
09

Bosphorus Bridge

Bosphorus Bridge
Situated between Europe and Asia, the Bosphorus Bridge is a suspension bridge renowned for the amazing architecture it has. This bridge constructed over the strait of Bosphorus is a haven for the photographers and tourists visiting at night because it is during this that the entire bridge is fully lit up with flashing LED lights.

So, if you are looking for places to go in Istanbul at night to spend the peaceful night away with your loved one, you can cruise along, under the bridge to make the most of the breathtaking site especially after sundown. You are going to adore watching this massive creation any given time of the day but if your heart beats for modern engineering feats then you must be on the bridge after dark as the lights look stunning.

Romantic strolls on a balmy night with your blue-eyed companion while exchanging chaste kisses under the lit-up bridge is beyond surreal. Also, it is a bonus if you time your trip to spend the Republic Day holiday here, since you can witness the flickering fireworks. 

Location:
 
Kuzguncuk, 15 Temmuz Sehitler Koprusu, Uskudar/Istanbul, Turkey

Entry Fee: 
7 liras (2USD)

Timings: 
Open 24 hours
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10

Hang Out at Galata Tower

Hang Out at Galata Tower
When hunting for places to go in Istanbul at night you simply cannot miss exploring the waterfront of Galata or the big tower made of stone called the Galata Tower. That is because the area surrounding the Galata Tower is one of the iconic places to socialize in the evening because for dinner, you can try the delectable Georgian cuisine here.

This landmark on the skyline of Istanbul offers fabulous and captivating views of the monumental landmarks like the Blue Mosque, Golden Horn, and Bosphorus, from high up so you must climb to the tower during the sunset. The restaurant situated at the apex of the tower is here to satiate your hunger and a visit in the evening promises a mystical musical night. 

Location: 
Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

Entry Fee
: 35 Turkish Liras

Timings: 
The tower is open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
11

Stroll at Grand Bazaar

Stroll at Grand Bazaar
If you fall short of time to witness the grandeur of the Grand Bazaar during the daylight and are looking for places to go in Istanbul at night, then stop by this touristy site that attracts millions of tourists each year. Since the market is open till seven PM, you can catch the sight of 4000 lit-up shops where you can shop for multi-colored scarves, gorgeous carpets, mosaic lamps, and other amazing goods.

Visiting the Grand Bazaar at night, is therapeutic because after you have visited all the tourist sites and are worn out, you can dive into the Bazaar’s maze for  traditional gold jewelry, leather jackets, handmade rugs, and designer jeans rip-offs. If you are a spice hoarder then you can shop everything from plump pistachios, to nuts, dried fruits and ubiquitous taksim delights. 

Location: 
Beyazit Mh., Kalpakcilar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/Istanbul

Entry Fee: 
Free entry

Timings: 
Open Monday through Saturday till 7PM
12

Maiden's Tower for Sunset

Maiden's Tower for Sunset
Be a part of the visual feast that the spellbinding structure has to offer to the visitors especially during sunset when the hues of nature, ranging from pink to yellow, cast a spell. On a holiday in the Turkish city, there is a great chance you shall see the sun’s photograph setting in the back of the tower, and as a consequence, you get to gaze at the perfect Turkish silhouette when the sun bids adieu.

The place to catch the sight of the sunset above the tower has to be Büfe Taner that is located in the front. So plop on a seat at one of the teahouse tables located on the shoreline, order a warm cup of Turkish tea and savor the fascinating scene. 

Location:
 Salacak, Uskudar Salacak Mevkii, 34668 Uskudar/Istanbul, Turkey

Entry Fee: 
30 Turkish Liras for adults and no charge for kids

Timings:
 Open every day from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
13

Fethi Pasa Park & Grove

Fethi Pasa Park & Grove
The doors of Fethi Pasa Park & Grove are open for everyone that desires to enjoy the magnificent views of the social, cultural, and historical surroundings beside the Bosphorus, at night. This social facility offers chances to enjoy moments away from the hustle-bustle of the noisy city while you relax in the cafes, and restaurants situated here.

However, the fun factor turns a few notches higher when Turkish music is played, as you can spend enjoyable evenings here. 

Location:
 Fethi Pasa Korusu Uskudar/Istanbul, Turkey
14

Club 29

Club 29
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The most intimate ambiance welcomes you to the city’s chimeric club that also converts into a party hub amongst Istanbul’s elites, Hollywood stars, businessmen, and top-notch socialites.

So, if you are looking forward to catching a glimpse of your favorite celebrity while making the most of the city’s nightlife then Club 29 is the place to be at. 

Location: 
Adnan Saygun Cad. Ulus Parki ici No: 71/1 ULUS, +90 212 3582929. 

Timings:
 Open 12 pm–2 am (Wednesday hours)
15

X-Large

X-Large
In the mood to check out some hot dancers, shows and sort the weekend nightclub scenes with the most talented DJs? If yes, then a nightcrawler like you must grace the beauty of the club with your presence.

Here, you are going to love the incessant parties that begin in the wee hours of the night and continue till 5 AM in the mornings. So if you are craving for a happening late-night gala then this place is bound to bring alive the party animal residing within you. 

Location:
 Kallavi Sokak 12, Beyoglu, +90 536 687 1104

Timings: 
2 AM to 5 AM (Friday to Saturday)
16

Meyhane

Meyhane
When the night descends, it is time to turn up at a “meyhane” (traditional bar in Turkish) and order a raki, wine or beer with your big group of pals.  The avenues of meyhane are lightened up by light conversations and live folk music that ease out your stress in a wonderful manner.

Some of the best meyhane that happen to be popular choices amidst tourists are Sofyali 9, Karakoy Lokantasi, Feraye, and Demeti. So to taste this part of the Istanbul night scene, you can gorge on some vegetable appetizers, cold and hot seafood plates for a phenomenal night. 

Location: 
Varied addresses for varied locations
17

Solera Winery

Solera Winery
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When the clock strikes the wine o’clock and you, being a wine lover picture a sommelier offering you a glass of mulled red wine, you know you have to head to the Solera Winery for a round of Dégustation.

After a tiresome day, you can spend a relaxing evening in the company of your loved one or dear friend, while trying out the cheese platter. This small-spaced place with very few walls filled with rows of red wine bottles and few tables offers ample opportunities for long conversations that make up for a memorable night. 

Location: 
Tomtom, Yeni Carsi Cd. No: 44, 34433 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

Timings:
 Wednesday hours, 12 pm–2 am
18

Babylon

Babylon
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Another extremely popular place to make the most of the nightlife in Istanbul has to be Babylon that is deemed to be different from the other bars. For those that are interested to experience the progressive Turkish music scene or want to listen to a wide variety of Latin, electronic, world, reggae and jazz music can spend a musical evening here. It is recommended you buy tickets for concerts beforehand to enjoy the rock and indie-pop acts without any interruptions. 

Location:
 Merkez Mahallesi, Silahsor Caddesi & Birahane Sokak Tarihi Bomonti Bira Fabrikasi No:1, 34384 Sisli/Istanbul, Turkey

Timings: Event days- 6 pm till the event ends
                Rest of the days- 1:00-17:00
19

Nardis Jazz Club

Nardis Jazz Club
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If you are looking for places to go in Istanbul at night but in the form of a classy and modest jazz bar then you have to stop by at the Nardis Jazz Club. After a long day spent at sightseeing, you can lend your ears to the Nardis interpretations of Jazz that include ethnic, mainstream, fusion, modern and classic performances by the solo artists.

Since the club hosts several international Jazz and local gigs every night, you can enjoy the program with snacks and cocktails galore. However, it is recommended that you make reservations in advance because they have the densest schedule with a great combination of jazz bands and tickets for the gigs get sold like hotcakes. 

Location: 
Bereketzade Mh, Galata Kulesi Sk. No: 8, 34421 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey

Entry Fee:
 A glass of wine: 25 Turkish Liras

Timings: 
Open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 PM to 01:30 AM
20

Turkish Night

Turkish Night
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One of the most delightful things to do in Istanbul at night is to engross yourself in a traditional evening filled with dancing and music over a 3-course dinner, as you take pictures, and watch rhythmic, lively dances while relishing an elaborate Turkish fare. 

Spend an evening in the most authentic Taksim style with great wine in your hand while you relax on the chair making the most of an exciting and alluring Anatolian folk-group play with scintillating performances of the belly dancers in the background.

Try not to miss recording videos or snapping pictures of the mesmerizing gestures of belly dancers and their colorful costumes because after you have headed back, these would make for some of the fondest memories. 

Location: 
Sultan Ahmet, Akbiyik Degirmeni Sk. No: 31, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

Entry Fee: 
Starts from 88 USD
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  1. Is it safe to walk in Istanbul at night?

    Yes, it is perfectly safe to take an evening or night stroll around the streets of Istanbul. However, as a tourist, try not to wander into areas that are unsafe, and also avoid suspicious or dark side streets, especially those outside the poorer and old city neighborhoods.
  2. What should I avoid in Istanbul?

    There are a few things that you must avoid when in Istanbul like shopping or taking the trams on Istiklal, and refraining from buying everything you find in the bazaars. You must also avoid eating close to the touristic places, staying near the sights, buying apple tea, and shopping without haggling.
  3. Does Istanbul have good nightlife?

    Yes, the nightlife scene in Istanbul is indisputably one of the best things that you can and will ever experience. People prancing through the night-time, delicious food, and late-night celebrations never fail to disappoint you. So, undoubtedly one of the things to do in Istanbul at night is to party hard and make the most of your time in the eclectic restaurants, clubs, and bars.

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