The word Shisha is originated from Iran. A persian word derived from the word shisheh meaning bottle.
One of the oldest traditions in Turkey is the Shisha (Hookah/Nargile in Turkish), with both men and women. Shisha was introduced to the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century and started a whole new culture. Even today the shisha gives enjoyment to a special breed of smokers.
Smoking Shisha is not as popular as it used to be but worth trying during your visit to Istanbul.
The one who lights the candle should be a professional one. All tobacco types are not suitable for Shisha. The best tobacco for Shisha pipes are imported from Iran. A strong dark tobacco. Only oak charcoal is used. The tobacco is flavoured. The most popular flavoured tobacco is apple and mint.
Shisha smoking through exotic looking waterpipes has become very popular in the late years in the world. For travellers who are looking a good shisha place in Istanbul, my dear friend Erdal is running a cafe in Beyoglu (Pera: Pera Diner Cafe. Located at the junction point of Balik Pazari and Nevizade street. You can also enjoy Sahlep, Turkish Coffee, Tea and delicacies.
If requested you can also combine a tour of Istanbul with shisha exprience for tour options please contact us.
Pera Diner Cafe Location:
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