several gay friendly bath houses in Istanbul, but in
most cases their
owners do not want to be classified as gay-venues, and some even do not want to be listed on explicitly gay
websites mainly for fear that they can be raided or
closed down by local authorities. Homosexuality is not
and has never been illegal in Turkey but any sexual
action (gay or straight) in venues open to public can be
a reason for closure of the venues for a short time
period. You can find more detailed information about gay friendly
sauna and bath houses on
Turkish Bath Guide.Com website, including location maps and reviews
of the people who have visited them. You can also
interact other people at this Yahoo
gay group which is being published collaboratively by
Istanbulgay.Com and Turkeygay.Net, and it has over 7000 members
The bath houses are day time venues and most of them closes around 10 p.m. They are usually busy after work hours; in the evenings and and on Sundays. Most of the bath frequented by gays are located on some back-streets and they are not very close to each other. For that reason it is advised to make a comprehensive investigation in advance, if you are intending to visit several of them on same day. Our Istanbul Gay Map will be very helpful for this purpose, being very practical and probably only up-to-date map of LGBT venues in Istanbul.
On this page we will also be listing historical and other none-gay Turkish baths. We would also like to help our visitors by informing you the venues which have already been closed down, although they may still be listed on some out-dated internet or printed gay guides:
-Cukurcuma Hamam and Kosk Hamam are completely closed long time ago. Cesme Hamam was closed in 2015. .
-Aga Hamam in Beyoglu, Park hamam in Sultanahmet and Sultan Hamam in Eyup districts used to be popular gay cruising venues sometime ago, but they are not welcoming gay people anymore. .
Firuzagha Hamam. (10:00-23:00)
Address: Cukurcuma Cd. No: 6 Cukurcuma, Beyoglu
Web: TurkishBathGuide/ Firuzaga.htm
A small old Turkish bath house in Beyoglu. It is located at the end of Cukurcuma street is which is famous with the antique shops all around it. You can find most easily by walking down from Galatasaray Square, the middle of Istiklal avenue, or walking up from Tophane tram station
Yeshildirek Sifa Hamam (10:00-20:00)
Address: Tershane Cad. No:124, Azapkapı, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Web: TurkishBathGuide/ Yesildirek.htm
It is about 5-10 minutes walking distance to Halic / Golden Horn M2 metro line
Address: Altipatlar Sokak, No: 14 Cukurcuma / Beyoglu / Istanbul
Web: TurkishBathGuide/ Cihangir.htm
Located on a back-street near the beginning of Cukurcuma street. It is not a traditional Turkish bath. Basically it has a sauna, some kind of a dark room, showers and a cafe-lounge area.
Nur Hamam (07:00 - 23:00)
Address: Hamalbasi Cad. No:14, Beyoglu / Istanbul
Web: TurkishBathGuide/ Nurhamam.htm
Although this is an old establishment which became popular comperativley recently in late 2017.. Located roughly 200 meters from Galatasaray square and Istiklal Avenue.
Aquarius Sauna (open 7/24)
Address: Istiklal Caddesi, Sadri Alisik Sokak, 29/1 Taksim-Beyoglu, Istanbul.
A modern venue near Taksim with a dry sauna, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a small gym. Open 7/24, everyday and round the clock. Click here for more details and visitor reviews
Following hamams are not gay venues, but are recommended
to people who wants to experience the atmosphere of a
real historical & traditions Turkish bath.
Opening Hours: 08:00 am-10:00 pm
Address: Turnacibasi Sokak No: 24 Beyoglu, Istanbul +90 212 2524242
This hamam was used exclusively by men for almost 500 years. This all changed in 1963 with the addition of a small section for women. However, aside from this little addition, not much else has been altered. It was originally built in 1481 during the reign of Beyazit II and contains many pretty details, such as the intricate tile work at the entrance to the steam room in the men's section. One major feature here are the marble slabs where bathers can be massaged in semi-privacy rather than on the heated central navel stone. The admission price includes a full service, including massage. Admission fee is around 20 Euro (massage excluded)
"I've visited Galatasaray hamam recently and I can give only good feedback. The staff was pretty polite, everything was clean and professional. No gay actions as i could seen. There are 4 semi private bath rooms where you can go with someone and possibly have some action but that's all. I have to mention that full service costs about 40 Euros, not 20 as you mentioned here. Anyway it was worth visiting it" (Posted by Igor from Austria on January 13, 2010)
Address: Prof. Kazim Ismail Gurkan Cad No:34 Cagaloglu, Istanbul. Phone: (212) 522 24 24
Cagaloglu Hamam ("hamam" means Turkish bath) was built about 300 years ago on an area of 2834 sq.mt It is considered the last sample of its category and the architectural design is astonishing. It is open everyday. The bathing hours for men are 07:00 - 22:00 and for women 08:00 - 20:00 hours. It also has a café as famous as itself. Located across from the Iranian Consulate.
Address: Vezirhan Caddesi No:8 , Cemberlitas Phone: +90(212) 520 18 50
It is located in Sultanahmet, near the Grand Bazaar (there is Cemberlitas tram station right across the entrance). This hamam built in 1584 was very popular among the Ottoman Sultans. It is considered to be one of the most important examples of 16th century Ottoman architecture.
Address: Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydani No:2, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
Ayasofya Hurrenm Sultan Hamami is the most luxury and fairly expensive historical Turkish bath located at the very center of historical Sultanahmet district, across from Santa Sophia. It was commissioned by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman's consort, Hurrem Sultan, and constructed by well-known architect Mimar Sinan during the 16th century. The building was used as a carpet store until 2007. After a three-year-long restoration project that began in 2008 and cost US$11 million, the bath-house re-gained its glory with its opening in May 2011.
Adres: Mimar Sinan Cad. No:20 Suleymaniye, Fatih, Istanbul. Phone: +90 212 520 34 10
Suleymaniye Hamam is a part of Suleymaniye Mosque's Complex which incorporate the art and genius of Architect Sinan, the greatness and strength of the Ottomans and the beauty and elegance of Istanbul. This is the only historical bath house in Istanbul where men and women can go in together. This venue is listed here as an information only because of its historical importance, otherwise they do not allow single (gay/straight) people into the hammam unfortunately.
"Suleymaniye Hamam. When I was in Istanbul in the spring of 2011 I was told the Suleymaniye Hamam would not admit lone males as part of its family orientation." (Posted by Stehle from US on January 1st 2012)
Address: Hamam Cad. No: 65-67 Gedikpasa, Beyazit, Istanbul.
Bult by an ottoman pasha (high ranked military officer) Gedik Ahmet in 1475. It is centrally located, some 250 mt. away from the famous Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, in Beyazit district.
Most tourists do not like to be in places
where there are only other tourists and understandably want
to experience the original places where local people go.
Although above listed bath houses are easier to find and
better samples of historical Turkish baths we would also
like to introduce several other good samples of
less-known local Turkish baths. Actually, there is
always a possibility bumping into people interested in
gay-affair in such less touristy bath houses. Intimacy
is highly recommended in such cases.
Address: Hamam Sokak, No:8 Aksaray/Istanbul.
A small historical non-touristy hamam located in Aksaray quarter of Istanbul's Fatih district. It can be confused with Sofular Hamam (see below) in the same vicinity known as Horhor, It is located close to Aksaray Metro station, on a small back street
Tarihi Sifa Hamamı
Address: Sifa Hamamı Sokak No:24 Sultanahmet / İSTANBUL
Not to be confused with Yesildirek Sifa Hamam, also listed above, if you make a Google search. This is a small but historical hamam (Turkish bath) located in historical Sultanahmet district. Most of the clients are tourists because of its location.
Address: Sofular Caddesi, No: 28 Aksaray/Istanbul.
if you are looking for a local and not expensive one Sofular hamamı near Horhor street in Aksaray, Fatih district is the place. Horhor street area is also the oldest antique market in Istanbul. This is a 16th century hamam with two-story dressing cabins and an elegant pool with fountain. There are separate sections for men and women. Tea, coffee and soft drink services are available. Google map
Address: Potinciler street. No: 22 Kasimpasa, Beyoglu, Istanbul.
Located in poorer Kasimpasa district of Beyoglu, not too far from Taksim. It was built in the 16th century by Mimar Sinan, famous royal architect of Ottoman Empire's era of prosperity. The bath has both men and women's section, mostly visited by local Turks.
Address: Murat Reis Mahallesi, Çavusdere Caddesi No: 204, Uskudar, Istanbul
The Çinili Hamamı was built in 1640 as part of a mosque complex ordered by the Valide Sultan (mother of the Ottoman Sultan). This is a double bath, with separate sections for men and women. Each has two central domed areas, one for the central room and the other acting as a large vestibule for relaxing. The name Çinili (tiled) comes from the quantities of Iznik tile decorations both the mosque and the bath section. This one is located in Uskudar district on the Asian side. It may not be wise to go all the way just for a bath visit, if you are not staying nearby, but Uskudar has many other places to visit. You can go to Uskudar with ferry boats from Besiktas (not far from Taksim) or from Eminonu piers (closer to Sultanahmet)
The Turkish hamam (also Turkish bath or hammam) is the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna. They had played an important role in cultures of the Middle-East, serving as places of social gathering, ritual cleansing and as architectural structures, institutions, and (later) elements with special customs attached to them. Europeans learned about the hamam via contacts with Turkey hence the European name for it: "Turkish" hamam.
Taking a Turkish bath firstly involves relaxing in a room (known as the warm room) that is heated by a continuous flow of hot dry air allowing the bather to perspire freely. Bathers may then move to an ever hotter room (known as the hot room) before splashing themselves with cold water. After performing a full body wash and receiving a massage, bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation.
In Turkey, the advent of modern plumbing systems, showers, and bathtubs in homes caused the importance of hamams to fade in recent times.
A typical hamam consists of three interconnected basic rooms similar to its Roman ancestors: the sicaklik (or hararet -caldarium) which is the hot room, the warm room (tepidarium) which is the intermediate room and the sogukluk which is the cool room. The sicaklik usually has a large dome decorated with small glass windows that create a half-light; it also contains a large marble stone at the center that the customers lie on, and niches with fountains in the corners.
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