6 Quiet Spots to Escape to in Istanbul

Girl with animals in the heart of Istanbul

Istanbul, yes you are beautiful but also pretty damn exhausting.

Sometimes we want nothing more than a magical wand that can make the city go into silence.

Luckily, there are plenty of spots in the city to find serenity. Today we are sharing six of them.

1. Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque

Interior courtyard of the Kilic Ali Pasa Mosk

A late work of great architect Mimar Sinan, Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque is regarded as the small replica of Hagia Sophia. Its perfect location and soothing, quiet courtyard allows you to escape from the crowdedness of Karaköy. >map

2. Galata Mevlevi Museum

Galata Mevlevi Museum

It’s not impossible to find a quiet spot in Taksim; just a few steps away from Tünel – the oldest Mawlavi House of Istanbul which has a peaceful garden with lovely cats. There is also a cemetery named Hamusan (meaning the silent house) at the north of the museum. >map

3. Fethi Paşa Grove

View of the Bosphorus from Fetih Pasa Korusu

A natural spot in the city, Fethi Paşa Grove lies between Üsküdar and Kuzguncuk. Enjoy the splendid view of Bosphorus while taking a walk under pine trees and listening the birds chirping. >map

4. Borusan Contemporary

View of the Bosphorus from Borusan Contemporary Museum

Our favorite museum to slow down a bit and explore original works of new media art; Borusan Contemporary is located inside the “haunted” Perili Köşk building, which has a breathtaking view of the Bosphorus from its charming terrace. >map

5. Kadıköy History, Literature and Art Library

Kadıköy History, Literature and Art Library

Looking for a quiet place to work? The historic Şehremaneti building across Kadıköy-Beşiktaş ferry pier was recently renovated and now serves as a public library. Bye bye Starbucks. >map

6. Zanaat Atelye

Zanaat Atelye thumbnail

Remember Zanaat Atelye we mentioned last year? Inhabiting the garden of a former French orphanage, this hidden cafe is still great for relaxing and cooling down on hot summer days. The garden is closed now and will be open when the weather gets better. >map


Visiting hours

  • Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque: 10:00-18:00, open everyday
  • Galata Mevlevi Museum: Tues-Sun 09:00-16:30, closed on Monday
  • Borusan Contemporary: Saturday and Sunday 10:00-20:00, closed on weekdays
  • Kadıköy History, Literature and Art Library: Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00, closed on Monday


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