The Nevmekân Sahil Library in Istanbul is a hidden gem that is an ideal destination for both book and gastronomy lovers. This beautiful library is located in the Üsküdar district in the Asian part of the city. The library also serves as a café, so you can combine reading in a beautiful environment with a cup of Turkish tea or have a small snack.
The library’s collection contains more than 100,000 books and a rich collection of manuscripts, maps, and photographs. Part of the archive focuses on Ottoman history and literature.
The library’s reading room is full of natural light, which enters through the beautiful glass roof. Admission to the library and its collections is free. A cup of Turkish tea here costs 5 lira, which is approximately 0.30 EUR. The staff is pleasant and friendly, and it is also possible to pay by card. The atmosphere in the library is quiet, even though it is also a café.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Istanbul for a while, this place is the right one.
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