Where are the most beautiful terraces and rooftops in Istanbul?
When the beautiful weather arrives you must visit the many places offering terraces with magnificent views of the city or terraces on the Bosphorus. Having a drink and enjoying the sunset over the Bosphorus and a meal with a view of the entire city are “musts” during your stay in Istanbul.
Find below our selection of the most beautiful terraces in the city:
A beautiful terrace on the top floor of the Marmara Pera Hotel. One of the only true gourmet restaurants in Istanbul that was opened by the Turkish-Finnish chef Mehmet Gürs. The restaurant has stunning views of the Golden Horn and the menu offers fusion Mediterranean dishes. We recommend you to make a reservation in advance before going to dinner as the restaurant is very popular.
Located in Ortaköy, the Banyan Restaurant probably has the most spectacular view of the Bosphorus with the fabulous Ortaköy Mosque, the bridge, and a glimpse of the Sultanahmet district. We particularly recommend that you sit at the bar and admire the sunset while enjoying the many cocktails served in front of the Bosphorus. A memorable experience awaits you! The menu of the restaurant offers Asian and fusion cuisine.
ALEXANDRA COCKTAIL BAR
Located in the historic district of Arnavutköy, on the European bank of the city, the terrace offers a splendid view of the Bosphorus and one of its mythical bridges. Lovers of good elixirs can enjoy very good cocktails in a trendy atmosphere.
At the top of Beşiktaş Plaza, the terrace offers a view that goes from the Bosphorus Bridge to the Old Town. Mediterranean menu and sushi bar grill, the restaurant also have a very decent selection of wines and cigars. You can also go there to drink cocktails which are excellent.
SPAGO THE ST- REGIS
A splendid terrace in Nişantaşı district, one of the most prestigious areas of the city, the terrace of St. Régis Istanbul perfectly reflects its traditions and refined style. It offers stunning views of Maçka Park and the Bosphorus. It is ideal for travelers curious to discover the Istanbul nightlife in a dynamic and cosmopolitan atmosphere. You can also discover a seasonal menu designed according to the culinary philosophy of the famous Chef Wolfgang Puck.
Located on the rooftops of Swissotel The Bosphorus in Beşiktaş, the 16Roof terrace is the perfect place to spend a pleasant time during the summer season during DJ parties. The terrace bar offers a variety of wines and cocktails to enjoy, with exceptional views of the Bosphorus. The terrace welcomes you from 17:00 to 02:00 every evening during the summer. The kitchen is open from 19:00 to 23:00 every evening of the week in summer.
Small friendly restaurant-bar in the Cihangir district on the top floor of a building with panoramic views of the mouth of the Bosphorus and the first bridge. Very nice to drink in the late afternoon.
Located in Beyoğlu, this terrace offers one of the most beautiful views of Istanbul. It is ideal for having a drink in the late afternoon. However, we recommend that you choose one of the many other restaurants in the surrounding area for dinner.
GEORGES HOTEL GALATA
You’ll find a beautiful terrace at the top of Georges Hotel Galata, a luxury boutique hotel with a french touch, offering a splendid view of the entrance of the Bosphorus and of the opening of the Golden Horn. The restaurant offers delicious Turkish mezes as well as good cocktails enjoyed in fine afternoon or evening.
AŞŞK KAHVE and MIA MENSA
Since both are side by side, we cannot recommend one without recommending the other.
Aşşk Kahve is a terrace restaurant that serves all kinds of food at any time, from Turkish breakfast to hamburgers. The setting is nice and perfectly suited for brunch or lunch.
Mia Mensa is a rather good Italian restaurant. Pizzas and pasta are very good. The atmosphere is less relaxed than in Aşşk Kahve but more suitable for dinner or an aperitif in the early evening in the summer. You will discover a beautiful setting.
With its magnificent views of the Bosphorus, it is one of the best establishments in Istanbul for a business dinner. Sunset Istanbul is located on the hills of Ulus and has one of the most beautiful views of the Bosphorus. The food is excellent, it is a mix of international cuisine and Turkish specialties. It also has an excellent sushi bar run by Japanese chefs trained in their countries.