Istanbul is a night owl’s dream destination in Turkey, with traditional tea gardens and coffee houses in Sultanahmet, trendy bars in Beyoglu, and lively nightclubs along the Bosphorus River open into the early hours. When darkness falls, here are a few ways to experience the best of Istanbul by night.
Drift out onto the open waters of the Bosphorus by night on a dinner cruise, and admire landmarks such as Beylerbeyi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, and the medieval fortress of Anadoluhisari from the waves. Gaze into the distance to the soaring minarets of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, and enjoy a delicious evening meal followed by fireworks or a traditional Turkish dance performance.
Turkish Night Shows
Istanbul’s culture of live performance brings belly dancers, folk musicians, and traditional singers together in a swirling blend of delicate instruments, colorful fabrics, and classic entertainment. Whether aboard a sightseeing boat on the Bosphorus or in a welcoming local restaurant in the city, Istanbul’s vibrant evening performances are a great way to get the party started—the Turkish way.
Night Sightseeing Tours
Follow a foodie guide on a private tour through the streets and alleys of Istanbul, and discover a world of scented flavors and live music where centuries of Turkish history come to life. City tours by night are the perfect way to discover traditional cafés and restaurants off the beaten track and, of course, to sample the diverse and unique flavors that the locals love.