Istanbul’s Best Bath and Spas
We have compiled the best addresses where you can choose to relax in the city.
Built by Sultan Mahmut, at Cağaloğlu Hamam Portraits of Ottoman sultans welcome you at the entrance. Among the presented bath applications, the 1st Sultan Mahmut package is a good option. This package starts with a scrub and foam massage done by two people and then you relax with a foot massage in a private room. Meanwhile, a collagen mask is applied to your face. Finally, aromatherapy massage is applied. When it is finished, if you feel like one of the sultans whose picture you see at the entrance, this package you have chosen has achieved its purpose. Inside the Cağaloğlu Hamam is Restaurant 1741, which won the Best New Restaurant award at the 19th Time Out Istanbul Food and Drink Awards.
Address: Alemdar, Prof. Kazım İsmail Gürkan Cd. No:24, 34110, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul
AYASOFYA (HAGIA SOPHIA) HÜRREM SULTAN HAMAM
This is the biggest historical hamam in Turkey. Like many architectural beauties in Istanbul, Mimar (Architect) Sinan has a finger in it. You can feel like you were in the imperial years when sherbet prepared with fruits and various spices of the season is served. Immerse yourself in specially trained expert tellaks (Turkish bath specialists), masseurs and masseuses and you will be reborn. For example, you can try aromatherapy massage made with redbud oil. You will also be amazed by the architectural features of the building. The patterns on the navel stone are wonderful, and the domes of the bathhouse are covered with lead.
Address: Cankurtaran, Ayasofya Meydanı No:2, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul
KILIÇ ALI PASHA HAMAM
Built by Captain-Derya Kılıç Ali Pasha, one of the powerful captains of the Ottoman navy, the bath overlooks the historical landscape of Tophane. It was very pleasing to witness the revival of the building, which reflects the master period of Mimar (Architect) Sinan, by preserving its architectural features. A luxurious Turkish bath experience awaits you here. Apart from the traditional hamam ritual, you can also have a massage. There is also a separate option for those who want to come with their children.
Address: Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Hamam Sk. No:1, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Çemberlitaş Hamam is one of the masterpieces of Mimar (Architect) Sinan. Surrounded by such elegant details, researchers, photographers and filmmakers approach this structure with the same passion and curiosity. Especially its dome is extraordinary. You will be enchanted by the light beams penetrating through the holes in the dome as you reach for the navel stone and sweat. After the warmth relaxes you, our suggestion is to have an Indian head massage. It is very good for those who suffer from stress headaches. Of course, there are some celebrities among those who wonder about the beauty of Çemberlitaş Hamam. Let’s make a media note that Russell Crowe and Cem Yılmaz had a scrub here.
Address: Mollafenari, Vezirhan Cd. No:8, 34440 Fatih/İstanbul