There is also a section on 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 30 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 4.2 stars from 5 votes - click to vote
Historic Turkish bath with that has been opened since 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 2.7 stars from 43 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.
| website | +90 212 251 8924 |
weekday 24 hours
weekend 24 hours
audience rating 2.6 stars from 21 votes - click to vote
3 Star Winner
Popular male Turkish bath, featuring a dry sauna, 10-man jacuzzi, gym with basic equipment, heated swimming pool, massage service, private cabins with beds, shower room and a café bar serving coffee, tea, beer, soft drinks and snacks.
Aquarius Sauna is open 24 hours and centrally located – just off Istiklal Avenue in Taksim, on an alley opposite Aga Mosque.
weekday 10:00 - 22:00
weekend Sat 10:00 - 21:00
audience rating 3.0 stars from 2 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 |
audience rating 3.9 stars from 7 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.
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