Istanbul's hookah craze

Try a hookah at one of Istanbul's many hookah cafes.
Try a hookah at one of Istanbul's many hookah cafes.

Hookah, shisha, or hubbly-bubbly - Turks have been puffing on the narghile for the last four hundred years. While it was enjoyed mainly by the upper echelons of society in the 19th and early 20th centuries, narghile smoking became strictly a peasant's pastime in the later 20th century. Happily, it's made a comeback and the pedestrian walkway by the American Pazari is packed with narghile cafes. Even if you're not a smoker it's worth having a few puffs just for the experience. Enjoy the narghile with Turkish coffee, if you can handle the extreme caffeine hit.

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