One of the best ways to take in the labyrinthine streets, haunting skyline, and startling sunsets of Istanbul is to park yourself in one of the many rooftop bars that populate the city. Escape the crowded sidewalks as you sip a cocktail or enjoy a meal overlooking the view beyond with our short list of diverse rooftop bars that are a must to visit:
Istiklal Caddesi, Misir Apt K8 311
A swanky spot that features an international restaurant, bar, summer terrace, great nightclub with both DJs and live music, and an exceptional roof bar for dancing. The weekend club is the perfect place to groove the night away as you take in the panoramic view that includes the Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet, and other extraordinary sights. On top of the Misir Apartments midway up on Istiklal Caddesi near the Galatasaray School, the building itself is a remarkably bold example of the city’s modern architecture.
Spor Caddesi, BJK Plaza A Blok Kat: 13 Akaretler
As cool as can be for getting together with your significant other or a group of friends, this is one of Istanbul’s favorite modern watering holes, where the music is just right for enhancing conversation. Enjoy a book or a magazine, have a delicious meal at the sushi bar or international restaurant, and then a drink while you take in the outstanding view on one of the three terraces. With cigars offered at the bar, Vogue Istanbul is a classy choice for enjoying your night on the town.
Kumbaraci Yokusu 57/6 in Beyuglu
Located in a run-down apartment block, have faith as you ride the old elevator up to the top floor. There you’ll find a truly hip crowd and a wonderfully warm atmosphere in and around the terrace bar. Leb-i-Derya is truly unique and not to be missed, with the feel of old Istanbul complimenting the contemporary vibe that makes the place so popular with locals and tourists alike.
Villa Zurich, Akarsu Yokusu Caddesi 36, Cihangir
This is definitely the place to be, at least for one night in Istanbul. Perched on the eighth floor of the Villa Zurich Hotel with a gorgeous view, you are right in the heart of one of the most artistic neighborhoods of the city. With regular DJs, live music, and the best local jazz musicians coming by to jam on Wednesday nights, the place is hopping. Sample the reasonably priced menu to combine dinner with an exciting evening you won’t forget.
Cihangir Mh., Sorğancı Sk No:7
Called one of the world’s best rooftop bars by none less than The Guardian, you must come here least once in your lifetime. Glamorous to the nth degree, the bar features red walls, velvet chairs, a satin ceiling, and a sexy terrace bar that will keep you there until the doors close. Run by Yasemin Alkaya, a famous Turkish actress, you will definitely get in the glam mood even before you sit down for your first cocktail. With a great restaurant, the dining experience is as impeccable as the view, inside and out.
Come check out the nightlife scene everyone is raving about – visit Istanbul now!