Nargileh - Hookah, Istanbul
There are many places around sultanahmet to enjoy some nargileh. And when in Turkey, do as the Turks right? Try some nargileh, it is quite fun. Ask the waiter to demonstrate some tricks for you, chances are he's a nargileh pro, and might have some cool things to show you!
Tophane is a small place between the Karakoy and Besiktas. (and very close to Taksim.)
You should smoke hubble-bubble here. :) there are a lot of types of hubble-bubble here... it s like a cigarette but more light than cigarette. dont panic, its safe and legal to smoke it.
Sometimes it called hookah or hubble-bubble and sheesha in the Arab world, the nargile was very popular during the Ottoman Empire from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
And you can learn playing TAVLA here.
One of the oldest and deep rooted traditions in Turkey is the Nargile (Hookah), with both men and women finding great pleasure in smoking the waterpipe. The nargile started a whole new culture which endured for many, many years. Even today the nargile gives enjoyment to a special breed of smokers.
The nargile itself consists of 4 pieces which are as follows: Agizlik (mouthpiece), Lüle (the top of the nargile), Marpuç (the tube) and the Gövde (the body of the pipe which is filled with water). All pieces of the pipe were produced by special craftsmen, who were named after the pece they produced. Even today, the areas where these craftsmen used to concentrate are called by these names, such as 'Marpuççular.'
There r many choices for you in for nargile such as just 'tönbeki'(the hardest),apple flavoured, melon flavoured, strawberry flavoured. etc...
you should try ...
To experience the real Turkey....turn left out of Moziac bar in Sultan Ahmet & on the left hand side you will find Enjoyer...a traditional Nargile Bar...where you can experience a water pipe and some Turkish Tea or Coffee.....do not be afraid .....venture in to experience the real Turkey!
There are strict rules and etiquette surrounding nargile smoking. For example, you are never supposed to debase the higher art of nargile smoking by lighting a cigarette on the coals. Also, never rest the nargile on a height - it should always be on the floor. Finally, never pass the agizlik directly to another person: put it down first and allow them to pick it up themselves ........( Sevil Delin------ www.theguidebodrum.com/istanbul )..........................................................FAMOUS NARGILE SALOONS of Istanbul......................Çorlulu Ali Pasa Medresi
Yeniçeriler Caddesi Çemberlitas........
Pierre Loti Cafe
Karyagdi Sokak Eyüp
Tel: (0212) 581 2696...........
Kiliç Ali Pasa Mosque Cafe
next to Kiliç Ali Pasa Mosque.............
The ‘American Pazar’ Karaköy