There is also a section on gay-popular gyms and spas.
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.
weekday: 08:00 - 21:00
weekend: 08:00 - 21:00
audience rating: 2.9 stars from 32 votes - click to vote
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.
| website | +90 212 633 2276 |
weekday: 10:00 - 20:00
weekend: 10:00 - 20:00
audience rating: 3.7 stars from 16 votes - click to vote
4 Star Winner
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)
weekday: 08:00 - 22:00
weekend: 08:00 - 22:00
audience rating: 2.9 stars from 64 votes - click to vote
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.
| +90 533 213 06 58 |
audience rating: 2.9 stars from 9 votes - click to vote
3 Star Winner
Small, historical gay-popular bathhouse in Beyoglu. Attracts men of all ages. Massage services offered and private cabins available for a fee.
Nearest Metro: Tophane
| website |
+90 212 251 8924 |
weekday: 24 hours
weekend: 24 hours
audience rating: 2.9 stars from 33 votes - click to vote
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.
| +91 297 72 23 |
audience rating: 2.1 stars from 7 votes - click to vote
Gay-popular Hammam, located close to the Eastern end of the Ataturk Bridge. Facilities include three bathing rooms, dry sauna and a number of semi-private spaces, spa service (scrub), massage services.
| website | +90 212 243 06 93 |
weekday: 10:00 - 00:00
weekend: 10:00 - 00:00
audience rating: 2.6 stars from 5 votes - click to vote
Relatively small (400 m²), gay-popular sauna with limited facilities that include a dry sauna, Turkish bath, private cabins, dark room, lockers and a small café lounge.
More popular on weekends, particularly Sunday afternoons. Massage service offered.
weekday: 10:00 - 22:00
weekend: Sat 10:00 - 21:00
audience rating: 3.3 stars from 4 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.
| website |
+90 212 251 4696 |
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.
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