What you'll do
Bubbling on a Hookah (Shisha, Nargile) in some smokey dark den... maybe inside an old cemetery, or among refugees from Syria or Iraq, or in some garden under the shadow of minarets and trees... what's more oriental than this? Istanbul is THE place to come and experience the "nargile" (as it is called in Turkish), with literally dozens of hookah places: most are tourists' traps, expensive and the hookahs taste bad. We will go to AUTHENTIC dens. Hidden gems where aficionados gather, you need to know and to be known in order to get the best! The hookah is aromatic, with fruity molasses and taste different at every place. You can usually choose from half a dozen different tastes. It is accompanied by strong ÇAY. In the last few years, it became so popular with elders and youngsters alike. As a smoking session usually last more than an hour, people usually talk and play the ubiquitous "TAVLA" (backgammon). The hookah has its own etiquette. Learn the etiquette, learn how it works, learn to play tavla, learn the history of a popular cultural tradition! Come and JOIN me for a smoking night, having this very cultural experience in a safe place, with an authentic atmosphere and quality
Miko & Roza
I am a home chef and gourmet. Actually, I am working as an academician in university here in Istanbul I love this city, know it well and love to share. I love the history, the peoples, the foods. Besides managing our own Airbnb houses and leading a few interesting and appealing "experiences" I also guide several cultural and culinary Walking Tours as a private guide to the discovery of hidden gems and secret monuments of this wonderful fascinating city. Please feel free to ask for more about it, if interested One of my favorite entertainment is smoking the narghile, or hookah, o shisha, or water pipe, or whatever you call it. I know the new places as well as the old, authentic smokehouses. "Whoever travels without a guide, needs two hundred years for a two-day journey". ___Rumi
Two Çay or Water/Soda/Churchill are included per person during all the evening. Extra can be ordered and purchased obviously
The hookah/nargile/shisha is included (one hookah will be shared by 2/3 persons) The tavla/backgammon to play
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Where you'll be
We will meet and move to the best "nargile" cafes: picturesque dens in special places... On our way to the den we walk 10-15 minutes and i will explain you the neighborhood and suggest some snacks. I will "teach" you the shisha etiquette, show how to play "tavla", smoke with you, tell something of the history and politics of the nargile, answer your questions....
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Shisha night out: Turkish Hookah &Tavla!