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Gay Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey’s largest and most popular city, offers a fascinating history, beautiful sightseeing and thriving gay nightlife.


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A roundup of Istanbul's best gay dance clubs & parties.

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Explore Istanbul's lively gay bar & café scene.

LGBT Rights in Turkey

Homosexual activityLegal Since 1858
Same-sex marriageUnrecognized Since 1923
LGBT discriminationNo protections Since 1858
Equal age of consentEqual Since 1858

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Radisson Blu Istanbul Pera

Fabulous location. Near famous shops, tourist sights, gay bars. Great gym.

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Istanbul : 5-star

Walk to gay clubs.

Pera Luna Residence

Walk to gay clubs. Stylish design. Great staff.

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Istanbul : 3-star

Near Taksim Square.

Ottopera Hotel

Near Taksim Square. Great for sightseeing, shopping and gay scene.

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Istanbul : 4-star

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Istanbul is the “cultural capital” of Europe and with its rich history, countless locations religious significance and ancient architecture it no surprise. The city acts as the bridge between Europe and Asia and as such has been heavily inlfuenced by both continents. Istanbul also has a growing gay scene, with a number of gay bars and gay clubs populating its gay districts. The city has had an annual pride demonstration since 2003 which tends to occur in June or July and attracts large crowds of LGBT+ individuals and allies.

The main gay district of Istanbul is Taksim, where gay travelers will find many venues tailored towards gay visitors. Beyoglu is another gay district of the city and is known for being a hub of creativity and art, with many of the residents being trendy, young professionals. In these gay districts, travelers should feel completely at ease and comfortable.

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Holiday Houseboys

Personal tour guide service by a gay friendly host who is more than happy to take you away from...

Cafe MorKedi

Long-running gay café bar, attracting a younger local crowd. Open daily from 10am.

Tek Yön

Istanbul's biggest gay club.

Love Dance Point

Popular weekend gay dance club.

Aquarius Sauna

24-hour male sauna & gym.

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