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16 Best Rooftops in Istanbul

Istanbul, the great city of Turkey and a gigantic metropolis, is split in two by the Bosphorus: it’s a bit like the border between two seas and two continents. This millennial city imprinted with an incredibly rich history seems to be nicely torn between Eastern and Western culture. And this mix suits it so well! During the day, you won’t know where to turn as there are so many possibilities for outings. But in the evening, you have no choice: a getaway on the roofs of the city is a must to admire it shining with a thousand lights. We offer you our selection of the best rooftops in Istanbul.

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Mikla, Pera

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This beautiful terrace located on the top floor of the Maramara Pera hotel is not only one of the best rooftops in Istanbul but also one of the only real gourmet restaurants in the city. Turkish-Finnish chef Mehmet Gurs offers revisited Mediterranean dishes to enjoy while enjoying the breathtaking view of the Golden Horn. We recommend that you make a reservation in advance before going to dinner as the restaurant is very popular.

360, Beyoglu

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As its name suggests, 360 is one of those rooftops in Istanbul offering an unparalleled panoramic view of the city. Located in the very lively district of Beyoglu, the 360 nestles on the 8th and last floor of a building on the main street of the district. More than a refined restaurant, the 360 is a place entirely dedicated to partying and which attracts every evening a colorful crowd of Istanbul residents and tourists who come to dine, drink cocktails and dance until the end of the night to the sets of DJs international.

Alexandra Cocktail Bar, Arnavutkoy

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Located in the historic district of Arnavutköy, Alexandra Cocktail Bar is one of the best rooftops in Istanbul. On the European side of the city, the terrace of the Alexandra Cocktail Bar offers a splendid view of the Bosphorus and one of its mythical bridges. Lovers of good cocktails in Istanbul can enjoy very good drinks in a chic and trendy atmosphere.

Soho House Istanbul, Beyoglu

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In the Beyoglu district, the Soho House Istanbul is one of the rooftops in Istanbul not to be missed. In a cozy and intimate setting, this arty and trendy hotel opens the doors of its rooftop, the ultimate landmark for Istanbulites to have a drink and escape from the daily grind. Soho House Istanbul is indeed home to one of the most cutting-edge cocktail bars in Istanbul, with an eclectic and trendy programme. The must? Sip one of the signature cocktails, the Raki Fizz, while watching the magical spectacle of the sun setting over the Bosphorus and the illuminated mosques.

Banyan, Ortakoy

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Located in the Ortaköy district, the Banyan restaurant probably has one of the most beautiful rooftops in Istanbul. The bar indeed offers a spectacular view of the Bosphorus with the fabulous Ortakoy Mosque, the bridge and the Sultanahmet district. The must? Take a seat at the bar, order one of the signature cocktails and admire the sunset over the Bosphorus. A beautiful experience not to be missed when visiting Istanbul.

Spago St Regis, Nisantasi

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In the chic district of Nisantasi, Spago, the terrace of the St Regis hotel is one of the best rooftops in Istanbul. This airy and trendy place perfectly reflects Ottoman traditions and highlights the refined and luxurious style of the hotel. Spago offers stunning views of Macka Park and the Bosphorus. It is the perfect place for aesthete travelers curious to discover the city’s nightlife, mingle with Istanbulites in a dynamic and cosmopolitan atmosphere. At the St Regis Spago, you can sit down to dinner and taste the bistronomic dishes of the famous Chef Wolfgang Puck, or just have a drink and order refined tapas, like salty macaroons, labneh falafels, crab rolls or mini-burgers with onion confit.

Mesai Bar, Beyoglu

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Mesai Bar is an excellent bar located in Galata Istanbul Hotel MGallery By Sofitel, Galata. You can enjoy varieties of cocktails, snacks and delicious snacks with a magnificent view of the Golden Horn and the historical peninsula.

16Roof Swisshotel Restaurant & Bar, Besiktas,

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Located in a unique location in Besiktas, Swissotel, and overlooking the beautiful Bosphorus, 16Roof Terrace Bar & Restaurant is a fantastic place where guests can enjoy a delicious meal with live DJ performances in a vibrant atmosphere. You can have the best “shisha” in town while sipping a sip of traditional Turkish coffee. (May be pricey for budget travellers)

Madam Niça, Beyoglu

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Madam Niça, who started its gastronomic adventure as the representative of North Aegean cuisine for the first time in Bozcaada, has been operating in its branch in Beyoglu with the quality it has maintained since 2020. The restaurant, which gives you the opportunity to experience various local flavors on its bohemian-style terrace, continues to reflect the Aegean culture with its decoration products and classic tastes such as homemade noodles and sourdough bread.

Divan Brasserie, Beyoglu

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Offering different selections from Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines together, Divan Brasserie Beyoglu is located on Istiklal Street, one of the liveliest spots in Istanbul. You can enjoy the tastes of different geographies prepared with the quality of Divan cuisine, accompanied by the view embracing the Historic Peninsula and the Hagia Sophia Mosque. Jazz lovers, on the other hand, offer the opportunity to listen to bands such as Bulleit Boiler live with the “Jazz Evenings” event on Fridays.

Firuze Meyhane, Beyoglu

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Located on the sixth floor of Nejat Eczacıbaşı building in Sishane, Firuze Beyoglu is a place that successfully reflects the new generation tavern culture. The place, where you can enjoy delicious appetizers between 11:00 and 23:00 in front of the Golden Horn view, is especially preferred in summer months due to its magnificent terrace. For food, each of the menu, which consists of four main titles, has its own unique tastes.

Suvla, Sisli

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Suvla, a restaurant located on the terrace of Kanyon AVM, is especially famous for its wine menu, which is made with the unique flavors of the local grapes of the Gallipoli Peninsula, the white variety Kınalı Yapıncak, and the red variety Karasakız grapes. While enjoying its pleasant ambiance surrounded by greenery, you can experience the leading tastes of world cuisine such as Proscuitto prepared with non-genetically modified einkorn flour, pizza with mozzarella, panna, and pesto sauce.

Simone Istanbul, Beyoglu

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Ruz Hotels, which is located in a building built in 1895 in Asmalımescit and restored according to its original form, has a terrace on the roof that must be tried. Simone, one of the newest in the city, offers a wonderful view of Galata, especially at sunset, and is highly appreciated both for its food and for its cocktail menu. You should definitely try Simone’s signature cocktails as well as Mediterranean inspired cuisine.

Oligark, Besiktas

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On the edge of Halide Hanım Grove in Kuruçeşme and with a view of the Bosphorus, Oligark is the perfect place to watch the sunset, have a snack and taste cocktails. There are special lodges in the Lounge Bar of the place, which includes world cuisine flavors in its menu. Oligark, which can also be reached by sea, is perfect for enjoying the view with its large terrace and music.

Roka, Karakoy

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Located in Galataport, Roka offers tastes from contemporary Japanese cuisine. Sashami, maki, tempura, robata-dominated Roka’s menu manages to get full marks from those who try it. It is possible to drink delicious cocktails in addition to good meals in the venue, which has a terrace with Istanbul views.

Izaka Terrace, Beyoglu

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Located on the terrace floor of CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel in Gümüşsuyu, Istanbul, Izaka Terrace makes a difference with its Bosphorus and historical peninsula view, renewed energy and personalized service. In Izaka Terrace, which includes unique tastes of world cuisines, especially Anatolian cuisine, on its menu, traditional tastes prepared with the help of consultant Chef Ali Ronay and experienced kitchen team meet with creative tastes. Izaka Terrace’s menu, which consists of ingredients that are compatible with both adventurous and traditional taste palettes, is complemented by a special wine collection, exclusive drink and cocktail alternatives. Serving as a restaurant, bar and lounge, Izaka Terrace welcomes its guests 7 days a week between 12.00 and 02.00. Izaka Terrace, which hosts the popular artists of Turkish Pop music with live performances on its stage every Friday, offers its guests pleasant hours with DJ Queto’s music.

 

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