Whether or not you need an excuse for it, nothing changes the fact that a Turkish bath experience (alone or with friends) at the Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı is a great way to spoil yourself. Designed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan and featuring a beautiful dome, it’s mostly geared towards tourists, which results in a super-clean and efficient hamam experience.
It’s located in Tophane, just a stone’s throw from the buzzing Karaköy neighborhood. Making a reservation is as easy as it gets. Just go to their website and click on ‘Make A Reservation‘ to pick the time, date, and number of guests. If you want to go above and beyond, add a 60 minute full-body massage (180 TL) in addition to the hamam treatment (140 TL).
Make sure to enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee or one of their signature teas in the relaxation area afterwards.
Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı
Kemankeş Mah. Hamam Sok. No:1, Tophane – (212) 393 80 10
Hours: Mon – Sun 8:00-16:00 (women only), Mon – Sun 16:30–23:30 (men only)