Istanbul • Saunas & Hamams

Istanbul has a huge sauna culture, with many venues frequented by gay guys. But due to the laws against pubic exhibitionism, we only list more conventional places.

There is also a section on gay-popular gyms and spas.

male saunas & hamams

Equivalent to the Western sauna, the Turkish bath or ‘hamam’ plays an important role in the Middle Eastern culture, serving as places of social gathering, ritual cleansing and architectural institutions.

Whilst these hamams are not gay venues, they are recommended to those who want to experience the history and tradition of the Turkish bath.

Tahiri Galatasaray Hamam

Kuloğlu Mahallesi Turnacıbaşı Sokak 24, Beyoğlu, Istanbul | map | distance

| website | facebook | +90 212 252 4242 |

weekday: 08:00 - 21:00

weekend: 08:00 - 21:00

audience rating: 2.9 stars from 31 votes - click to vote

Audience
Awards
  2015
3 Star Winner
  2016
3 Star Winner

Historical Turkish bath originally built in 1841. Tahiri Galatasaray Hamam Galatasaray was once a men-only venue but now has a section for female clients. Classic Turkish interiors with marble, tile work, etc.

There are some semi-private rooms. Massage service available.

features: steam room, massage, sauna, jacuzzi / hot pool, spa | Updated: 20-02-2017

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Davutpasa Iskelesi Hammam

Cerrah paşa District. Org. Nafiz Gürman Str. No.2, Samatya Fatih, Istanbul | map | distance

| website | +90 212 633 2276 |

weekday: 10:00 - 20:00

weekend: 10:00 - 20:00

audience rating: 3.7 stars from 12 votes - click to vote

Historic Turkish bath with that was opened in 1485. Davutpasa claims to be the oldest hammam in Istanbul. The place was refurbished in 2013 and has since adopted a gay-friendly policy.

Located in Samatya district – not very central, but the fact that it is gay-friendly has made it more popular. The hammam is clean and well-run with private rooms.

Metro (M2): Yenikapi (a 15-minute walk)

features: steam room, massage, sauna, jacuzzi / hot pool, spa | Updated: 20-02-2017

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Cagaloglu Hamam

Prof. Kazim Ismail Gurkan Cd. 24, Cagaloglu, Istanbul | map | distance

| website | facebook | +90 212 522 2424 |

weekday: 08:00 - 22:00

weekend: 08:00 - 22:00

audience rating: 2.8 stars from 53 votes - click to vote

Audience
Awards
  2015
3 Star Winner
  2016
3 Star Winner

This 300-year-old Turkish bath, with an area of about 2,800 m², is considered the last hammam to be built in the Ottoman empire. The place has been visited by many celebrities throughout the history.

Cagaloglu offers various types of services including Turkish massage, exfoliating, complete bath service and deluxe Oriental service. Open daily.

features: steam room, massage, sauna, jacuzzi / hot pool, spa | Updated: 02-05-2017

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Sadri Alisik Sokak 29/1, Beyoğlu, Istanbul | map | distance

| website |
+90 212 251 8924 |

weekday: 24 hours

weekend: 24 hours

Aquarius Sauna

audience rating: 2.6 stars from 25 votes - click to vote

Audience
Awards
  2015
3 Star Winner

Popular male Turkish bath, featuring a dry sauna, 10-man jacuzzi, gym with basic equipment, heated pool, massage service, private cabins with beds, shower room and a café bar serving coffee, tea, beer, soft drinks and snacks.

Open 24 hours and centrally located – just off Istiklal Avenue in Taksim, on an alley opposite Aga Mosque.

features: bar, cafe, swimming pool, massage, sauna, jacuzzi / hot pool, relaxing cabins, gym | Updated: 20-02-2017

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Taksim Flash Gym

Istiklal Caddesi Aznavur Pasajı No: 108 (4th Floor) Galatasaray, Beyoğlu, Istanbul | map | distance

| website | facebook | +90 212 249 5347 (for English: Mr. Murat) |

weekday: 10:00 - 22:00

weekend: Sat 10:00 - 21:00

audience rating: 3.0 stars from 3 votes - click to vote

Flash Gym (500 m²) that has enough equipment to get your workout done for the day, including cardiovascular machines and free weights.

Conveniently located on Istiklal Avenue (near Galatasaray Square) on the 4th floor of a historic shopping mall building, Aznavur Passage. Closed on Sundays.

features: gym | Updated: 02-05-2017

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Gümüşsuyu Mh., Sıraselviler Caddesi 7, Beyoğlu, Istanbul | map | distance

| website |
+90 212 251 4696 |

The Marmara Gym @ The Marmara Taksim

audience rating: 3.7 stars from 9 votes - click to vote

One of the most modern and professional gyms and spas in Istanbul. The Marmara Gym belongs to The Marmara Taksim hotel. Non-hotel guests and visitors can sign up for membership with flexible options.

The gym features state-of-the-art equipment and free weights. There is a large outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. Massage service are offered.

The gym also offers many group classes such as Pilates, Total Body, Crunch and Power Yoga.

features: cafe, swimming pool, massage, sauna, jacuzzi / hot pool, gym, spa | Updated: 02-05-2017

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24-06-2017