The Best Rooftop Bars in Istanbul

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In the vibrant city of Istanbul, you’ll find some of the most stunning rooftop restaurants and bars worldwide. These establishments offer unbeatable views over the Bosphorus and the city itself. After immersing myself in the intriguing atmosphere of Istanbul, I couldn’t help but compile a list of the 11 best rooftop bars in the city. Each of these establishments boasts panoramic views and offers excellent food, making them perfect for enjoying a sunset, indulging in fine dining, and savouring a glass of wine. As night falls, Istanbul transforms into an even more magical place, and the experience of visiting one of its top rooftop bars will exceed your wildest expectations.

Lady enjoying a drink at a top Rooftop bar Istanbul
Rooftop bar in Istanbul

Ruby offers a staggering view over the Bosphorus and the Ortakoy Mosque. With its excellent atmosphere and live performances, it makes a perfect setting for a night out. The Ruby Restaurant is also an excellent choice for those who like to party until the first light of morning.

Besides Ruby’s enticing signature Cocktails and tasty snacks, they serve Turkish-Mediterranean-Japanese Cuisine prepared by renowned Chef Ertan Ozturan. Location: Yildiz Mh, Ortakoy, Salhanesi Sk. No: 5, Besiktas 343 – Tel +90 212 327 2844

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The View from a Top rooftop bar in Istanbul

The Summit bar

Experience one of the best, then visit Istanbul’s Summit restaurant and rooftop bar. They are known for their spectacular View, genuine Turkish hospitality, food, and the best cocktails in Istanbul. Make sure to arrive early enough to get a good seat to watch the sunset over Istanbul and the Bosphorus. While enjoying their fabulous cocktails, take photos to relive the moment one day. Their wide selection of gorgeous food includes Turkish Cuisine and Sushi. The Summit Rooftop Bar is inside the impeccable Hotel Conrad, a mere 2 km from the Bosphorus Bridge.

Address: Cihannüma Mahallesi Saray Caddesi No:5, 14th Floor, 34353 Beşiktaş, Turkey – Tel +90 212 310 2525

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Blue Margarita in Istanbul
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Orange Cocktail in Rooftop Bar
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Purple Cocktail Istanbul

Vogue Restaurant & rooftop bar Istanbul

Sophisticated Vogue also offers spectacular views over Istanbul. The Vogue rooftop bar is popular among locals and tourists and is known for its exotic Cocktails and delectable Sushi. In addition to its extensive menu of fantastic food, it has a wine list that complements its Cuisine.

Altogether, the Vogue Restaurant Istanbul has a great atmosphere with music that is not distractingly loud. If you’re into risotto, I can recommend their champagne risotto. For the sweet tooth, I suggest you try their delightful Chestnut cake or Turkish tiramisu served with coffee ice cream.

Location: Süleyman Seba Caddesi, No:92 BJK Plaza, A Blok Kat:13, BEŞİKTAŞ, Tel (0212) 227 4404.

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One of the Rooftop Restaurants in Istanbul
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Cocktail Istanbul Bar

Leb-i Derya Restaurant & Rooftop Bar

Chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the top 15 bars in the World, the exquisite Turkish Leb-i Derya restaurant was also one of the first Rooftop bars in Istanbul. Situated on the roof of a dishevelled building, with a panoramic view of Istanbul.

Besides their impeccable service, visitors love their authentic Turkish dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients and enjoy some of the best wines from primarily local producers. The Leb-i Derya Restaurant Istanbul is famous for its Mezze and hummus.

To avoid disappointment, I suggest you book early at +90541 366 8480. Location Şahkulu Mah, Kumbaracı Ykş. No:57 Tünel/Beyoğlu, Istanbul.

Deraliye Terrace Sultanahmet Restaurant 

Located in the heart of Istanbul’s Sultanahmet, the dazzling Deraliye Restaurant offers magnificent panoramic views over the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Boasts its impressive world-class Eastern and Western-flavoured Cuisine.

Location: Ticarethane Sk. No: 13 Sultanahmet, Istanbul – +90 212 514 39 16

5 Kat Rooftop Istanbul

Turkish Besinci Kat Café is a rooftop bar and restaurant featuring one of the best Rooftop bars worldwide, with a stunning view of the Bosphorus. Apart from the View, 5 Kat serves enticingly good food with outstanding service in a fantastic atmosphere. Interestingly, the meaning of their exceptional name, ‘kat’, means floor in Turkish and Bes, the number 5.

As they are trendy, arrive early to watch the sunset while enjoying a sundowner. The famous Turkish Besinci Kat Café and Istanbul Bar are on a small side street about 5 minutes from Taksim Square. Their menu offers Turkish, Mediterranean, and International dishes, as well as a variety of Cocktails, beer, and wine.

Located at Cihangir Mahallesi, Soganci Sk. No: 3 | Beyoğlu, Kat 5, Istanbul 34433, Turkey no. +90 212 293 37 74,

Sunset time in Istanbul over Bosphorus
Sunset time in Istanbul over the Bosphorus

Mikla Sunset restaurant

Located in the Marmara Pera Hotel, the exclusive Mikla Pera restaurant and rooftop bar offers jaw-dropping views and will be a pleasant experience you won’t easily forget. Mikla with its charming atmosphere, also provides a spectacular view with live music and serves delicious Turkish cuisine and other dishes.

The Marmara Pera’s infinity pool allows guests to take a dip in the swimming pool taking a dip, all while enjoying the drinks served at the cocktail bar. Make sure to arrive early to ensure perfect seating, and watch the sunset. To avoid disappointment, I strongly recommend that you book way in advance.

Location: Marmara Pera Hotel, Mesrutiyet No 15 | Beyoglu, Istanbul 34430, Türkei Contact no. +90212 293 5656

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Roof Mezze

The Turkish Romantic Roof Mezze 360 provides a magnificent 360-degree view of the Golden Horn, the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, the Galata, and the Hagia Sophia. Known as one of the best restaurants in Istanbul with a view. Here, one can enjoy great food at affordable prices. Besides serving authentic Ottoman Cuisine, Turkish- and international Cuisine, Seafood, and Pasta. Altogether, a wide selection of signature Cocktails, top Wines, Beers & non-alcoholic drinks.

The popular Roof Mezze is located on the terrace of the Seres Old City Hotel, Hocapasa Mahallesi, Hüdavendigar Caddesi 25 Sirkeci, +90 536 418

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  1. Hi very informative I was there and found it to be awesome.
    The friendly people and beauty of the country and its couzine.

    Good show.

  2. On the travel wish list! Would love to visit Istanbul. And a view from one of these rooftop bars would be awesome. Never mind great Turkish food and wine too. The Vogue sounds perfect for me with the Champagne Risotto – two of my favourites.

  3. Wow! This is so beautiful! So many great options, dinner/drinks with a view is always one of my favorites. I wouldn’t know where to start, but The Ruby Restaurant looks fantastic with those views and mix of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine.