I’m a big fan of lazy from time to time, especially when I can incorporate a bit of culture into the equation and call it ‘part of traveling’. (See my occasional predilection towards gluttony, for reference).
The nargile cafes of Istanbul, then, satisfy a very smoky and dark part of my personality.
After all they have tea, board games, and hookah pipes. What else does a man need on a rainy evening in Istanbul?
As Mahsum (the guide from my dinner tour in Istanbul) instructed us on the finer parts of backgammon, the smells of apple shisha and taste of rose-hip tea circulated through the place like the very air of life itself.
Of course, we did what we could to contribute this this aromatic atmosphere.
I’m pretty sure these beautiful little cafes are quickly becoming my collectively-favorite part of Istanbul.
Though these cafes are all over Istanbul and easy to find, I actually visited the one pictured here while on a photography assignment for GetYourGuide at the end of a Istanbul Dinner with Local Family tour that I can highly recommend.