10 ways to enjoy Kusadasi at night

Road to Pigeon Island in Kusadasi at night

The O'Hallorans

The OHallorans

We’re made up of Lyndsey, John and Erin, who all love a new adventure. We try to get away as much as possible, especially during school holidays and variety is a must for us. That means staying anywhere from a luxury hotel to a hostel and it’s not often we go to the same place twice. 

If you’re wondering how to make the most of those balmy Turkish nights, I’ve got you covered with 10 awesome ways to dive into the vibrant nocturnal scene of Kusadasi at night. From chilling at beachside bars with a cocktail in hand to dancing your heart out at some of the coolest clubs, or maybe just taking a stroll along the moonlit marina – there’s something here for every mood.

1. Dine at local restaurants

Even if you’re staying at an all-inclusive resort, you might want to try something different and have a meal or two out in town. Kusadasi has many excellent restaurants and cafes, even Irish pubs, to choose from. During the summer months, it’s lovely to sit outside and enjoy your meal with a view of the Aegean sea. You should try authentic Turkish cuisine during your time in Kusadasi, such as kebabs, calamari, octopus and gözleme (a traditional Turkish bread).

Shish kebab on a wooden support with vegetables and spices

2. Explore the nightlife

If you’re looking to experience Kusadasi’s nightlife then you will want to head for Bar Street. Filled with plenty of bars, clubs, and discos offering live music, DJ performances, and a lively atmosphere this is a popular spot for partygoers. Some of the more popular clubs will have an entrance fee and maybe a dress code so be sure to check these out to avoid disappointment. 

3. Visit a traditional Turkish spa

Turkey is well-known for being a great place to visit if you want to relax. Holiday makers often enjoy taking part in a traditional Turkish spa experience at one of the many spas or hammams available in Kusadasi. If you’ve had a busy day exploring, why not book yourself in for a traditional Turkish bath. It will be an experience you won’t forget and will allow you to get to know a little bit about the local culture.

Attractive girl relaxing in spa. Masseur is making foam peeling in Turkish spa hammam

4. Watch the sunset

Kusadasi is full of fantastic locations where you can watch the sunset and even better, this is something free to enjoy. You might want to take in the view from Ladies Beach, the harbour where the cruise ships dock or maybe Pigeon Island. Whether you’re in the busier areas of the quieter parts of town, you’re bound to enjoy taking in the view of the sunset in Kusadasi. 

5. Visit bazaars and markets

Kusadasi is major cruise ship destination and a huge popular tourist destination. At night, the markets or bazaars come alive after dark. You can shop for souvenirs, local crafts, spices, and more while enjoying the bustling atmosphere. Shop owners are generally very friendly and will try to get you to look at what they are selling. Although not overly pushy, you might want to be prepared to say no quite a lot. Offence won’t be taken and you can move on to the next shop. 

6. Take an evening stroll

If you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing to do on an evening then think about just going for a stroll. Kusadasi is a beautiful town and once you’re away from the bars and clubs, there are some great places to go for a walk. Visiting the older part of Kusadasi will give you a glimpse into the history of the town while the broad sandy beaches are perfect for a romantic walk. Along the illuminated waterfront promenade, you’ll find food vendors selling things like fresh fish, roasted corn and ice creams. 

7. Visit popular tourist attractions

If you’re visiting Kusadasi during the summer months it can be very hot during the day. The high temperatures can make walking around quite uncomfortable and you might be better off staying by the pool during this time. Kusadasi at night, once the temperatures drop, is a much nicer place to explore. Many companies offer tours of popular tourist destinations during the evening as well as during the day. 

Ephesus tours will offer a unique view of the ancient Ephesus ruins lit up at night while boat trips can be a really fun option. Do a bit of research before your trip to find out what’s available as some tour guides might only offer this on certain days. 

Fortress at Kusadasi Turkey - architecturel background

8. Visit a beach club

Some beach clubs offer nighttime entertainment, such as beach parties, live music, or themed events, creating a different experience by the sea at night. Beach clubs can be a popular choice when taking part in Kusadasi nightlife. This is an ideal choice for those wanting loud music and a late night. Enjoy the sounds of Turkish music and have the best night on Turkey’s Aegean coast. 

9. Relax at cafes and lounges

There’s no reason why Kusadasi at night has to be a busy. Unwind at a cosy café or lounge, sipping Turkish tea or coffee while enjoying the relaxed evening ambience. These kinds of places tend to have a friendly atmosphere, offering a nice place for good food and chats with local Turkish people. Sometimes it’s nice to slow down while on holiday, sit back and take in what’s going on around you. 

Cup of coffee with turkish delight  and metal oriental tray on wooden background

​10. Enjoy entertainment at your hotel

If you’re staying in a Kusadasi hotel, whether that be in the Kusadasi centre or the edge of town, there’s likely to be some kind of entertainment during the evening. Especially during the summer months during the high season, you can have an evening of entertainment without going very far. This can usually range from cultural performances, live singers and open mic sessions. Your hotel will hopefully have a great atmosphere, a wide range of drinks and be somewhere you can have a fun time. 

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