Unfortunately, Istanbul does not have many coin-operated laundries (laundromats, laundrettes). (Turkish entrepreneurs have yet to discover that laundromats are goldmines.)
But Istanbul does have some traditional laundries(çamaşırhane) where a few people (often husband and wife) sit in a dingy room and wash (yıkamak) and iron (ütülemek) your clothes personally.
Here’s a map and here’s the list:
Hasgül Laundry & Gift Shop
(tel. +90 (212) 520 60 45 or (533) 661 76 48), Tayahatun Sokak No. 11, north of Darüssade Sokak (map) beneath the Hotel Erenler and just down the street from the Sirkeci Konak Hotel in Sirkeci. TL10 for 1 kilo of laundry, washed & dried. Ironing extra.
(tel. +90 (212) 520 60 45 or (533) 661 76 48), Safveti Sokak No. 20, literally down in a hole in the ground at the corner of Safveti Sokak, across Hüdavendigar Caddesi from the Red River Pub(map). The two hotels framing Savfeti Sokak are the Gülhane Corner Hotel and the Flower Palace Hotel.
Laundry & Dry Cleaning
On İshakpaşa Caddesi down the hill from the Fountain of Ahmet III and the entrance to the walls of Topkapı Palace (map) has placed little signs around the Cankurtaran hotel area pointing the way to their services.
Çamaşırhane ve Ütü
Billurcu Sokak No. 11 near the City Center Hotel off Sıraselviler Caddesi, will wash and dry your laundry or dry cleaning for you. For a set price you can have the entire washing machine load for your own clothes (ie, not mixed with those of other customers—helps prevent mix-ups).
Penguen Kuru Temizleme
Laundry and dry-cleaner on Sıraselviler Caddesi No. 56B, opposite the Türkiye İş Bankası and Cihangir Açık Otopark, to the right of the Türkiye Ekonomi Bankası.
Siderakis Kuru Temizleme & Laundry
Just three blocks inland from the Kadıköy Ferry Docks is Oya Çamaşırhane, an efficient, professional laundry with good service and prices. Thanks to Suzanne White for the tip on this.
Hotel Laundry Services
You can have your hotel do your laundry, but it will probably cost a lot of money. Actually, even though most hotels charge high prices for laundry, they do not really like to do it. Most of the time your clothes are taken to a laundry nearby, then brought back. It’s a hassle for everyone.
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—by Tom Brosnahan
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