Local Experiences

Unlock hidden gems in Istanbul

Discover a world of wonder with Shangri-La and turn your visit to Istanbul into a magical adventure with one of our curated, behind-the-scenes experiences.

For more information or to book any of these experiences, please email [email protected] or call (90 212) 275 8888.

The Mystique of Turkish Coffee

The Mystique of Turkish Coffee

Explore the rich heritage of Turkish coffee as you learn its history, special brewing techniques, and cultural significance while guided by experts at a historic cafe next to Galata Tower. You'll then choose your perfect roast from a variety of premium beans and brew your own coffee in hot sand, and once you're done tasting your creation you'll engage in a fun fortune-telling session using traditional methods of reading the leftover grounds in your cup, adding a touch of mystique to your journey.

You'll also be given a personalized gift set, complete with a cezve, cup, and coffee, allowing you to recreate the magic at home and share the art of Turkish coffee with others.
 

Duration: Roughly 2.5 hours, including travel time

Availability: Daily from 8am to Midnight.

 

For more information, pricing or to reserve your space in this workshop, please email [email protected] or call (90 212) 275 8888.

 

 

Turkish Ebru Marbling Art Workshop

Turkish Ebru Marbling Art Workshop

Create your own artistic masterpiece using the centuries-old Turkish technique of Ebru marbling. Under the guidance of a skilled artisan at their atelier in the charming neighborhood of Sultanahmet, you'll learn about the history, evolution and techniques used in this mesmerizing art form. You'll be able to take your artwork home as a souvenir or as a gift for friends and family.

Unleash your inner artist and let your creativity fly!

 

Duration: Roughly 2.5 hours, including travel time

Availability: Daily from 11am to 5pm

 

For more information, pricing or to reserve your space in this workshop, please email [email protected] or call (90 212) 275 8888.

 

 

Lamian Noodle Masterclass

Lamian Noodle Masterclass

Delve into the ancient art of Chinese hand-pulled noodle-making with our esteemed Lamian Master Chef at Shang Palace. Engage in this interactive workshop where you'll discover the intricate techniques required to expertly stretch these noodles into their flawless form, all under the watchful guidance of a true master of the craft.

After the class, experience the best of Cantonese cuisine with a 3-course set menu of signature Shang Palace dishes and a glass of wine or choice of zero-proof beverage.

 

Duration: 2-3 hours 

Availability: Tuesday - Sunday from 12pm - 9pm. 

 

For more information, pricing or to reserve your space in this workshop, please email [email protected] or call (90 212) 275 8888.

 

 

Develop Your Signature Scent

Develop Your Signature Scent

Embark on a sensory journey and craft your one-of-a-kind perfume with this special workshop. Led by a skilled perfumer in Nişantaşı, you'll learn the art of delicately balancing different notes and bledning them harmoniously to create your own signature scent.

Your 150ml perfume, yours to keep or gift to others, will be a memorable reminder of your time in Istanbul.

 

Duration: Roughly 2 hours, including travel time

Availability: Monday - Saturday from 11am - 6pm

 

For more information, pricing or to reserve your space in this workshop, please email [email protected] or call (90 212) 275 8888.

 

 

The Art of Turkish Baklava

The Art of Turkish Baklava

Try your hand at baklava-making at Karaköy Güllüoğlu, Istanbul's most famous and oldest baklava bakery, in operation since 1843. Under the guidance of one of the bakery’s talented pastry chefs, you'll learn the secrets to making this sweet treat and get involved with rolling the dough, sprinkling the nuts, and drizzling the syrup before baking. Afterwards, you'll head to the bakery's lush garden for a tantalizing tasting session of the different varieties made daily by the team.

When you return to Shangri-La, you'll savor our version of this hand-made delicacy, served with Turkish ice cream by the world's first Baklava Butler in the Lobby Lounge.

 

Duration: Roughly 3 hours, including travel time

Availability: Monday - Saturday from 11am - 12:30pm or 11:30am - 1pm.

 

For more information, pricing or to reserve your space in this workshop, please email [email protected] or call (90 212) 275 8888.