Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner
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)
Timings: The night cruise starts after it undocks at 10:30 PM.
Dancing Fountain at Sultanahmet
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
Hamami Turkish Bath
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
Timings: 9:45 AM and 23:00 PM
Explore Arnavutkoy Nightlife
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
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
Go to a Whirling Dervish Show
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
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.
Smoke a Bit of Shisha
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
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
Hang Out at Galata Tower
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
Stroll at Grand Bazaar
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
Maiden's Tower for Sunset
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
Fethi Pasa Park & Grove
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
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)
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)
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
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
Location: Merkez Mahallesi, Silahsor Caddesi & Birahane Sokak Tarihi Bomonti Bira Fabrikasi No:1, 34384 Sisli/Istanbul, Turkey
Nardis Jazz Club
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
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