Let's have a break and drink a Turkish tea ! 

Tea is the national hot drink of Turkey - Any place, any time - it is time to drink black tea!

In Turkey, tea is not drunk from porcelain cups or mugs but in glass cups as in the picture above. There are two types of tea: "koyu cay", the strong one and "acik cay" the light one.

As Turkish tea is prepared by mixing tea and water you can order either of them. Although artificial, tourists love "elma cayi", an apple tea.

You can also ask for the famous Turkish coffee. Turkish coffee is prepared with the coffee powder and also served with it. The powder sinks to the bottom of the cup and you can appreciate the delicious coffee.

Turkish tea with 'Simit' (tipic Turkish snack)
Click here for Tea Gardens in Istanbul

Turks are very superstitious so after drinking the coffee they read the future through shapes that form in the bottom of the cup from the coffee powder. You just need to turn your cup up side down and wait for a while... some shapes will be formed. Ask for "an expert" to read your future!!

If you want to try a real tipical turkish drink, ask for: sahlep, ayran or boza !

There are various places in Istanbul where you can drink tea and smoke a narghile (water pipe). Narghile is not a drug. The set is made of a ceramic or glass jar fitted with a handle and a pipe, containing water.

You just place the tobacco and charoal and smoke your exotic cigar through the long pipe. The narghile is the best and most welcome excuse for a chat.

Click here to learn more about water pipe -Narghile!

Turks smoking narghile

Afiyet olsun ! Means : Good appetite !

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More information about coffee, tea water pipe and other turkish drinks:
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Buy Turkish Coffee:
Buy the original Turkish Coffee
Buy a special pot (Cezve) to make Turkish coffee
Buy a Turkish coffee Machine

Buy coffee grinder made in Turkey
Buy special coffee cups from Turkey
Buy Books about Turkish Coffee tradition
Buy Apple tea
Buy Turkish Tea:
Buy the original Apple Tea from Turkey
Buy the original Pomegranade Tea from Turkey
Buy the original Black Tea from Turkey
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Articles about coffee, tea and water pipe:
Coffee, Tea and Water pipe - Narguile
Coffee, a Turkish tradition
Tea gardens in Istanbul
Making Turkish black tea like the Turks
How to prepare Turkish coffee and how to read the coffee grounds
Buy Turkish Coffee
About Other Turkish drinks:
Buy the original turkish drink Sahlep from Turkey
Typical Turkish drinks: sahlep, boza and ayran
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