Romantic Places for the Perfect Proposal in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The world famous monument of Byzantine architecture. View of the St. Sophia Cathedral at sunset | ©  LALS STOCK/Shutterstock
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The world famous monument of Byzantine architecture. View of the St. Sophia Cathedral at sunset | © LALS STOCK/Shutterstock
Photo of Feride Yalav-Heckeroth
28 February 2017

With its famous strait and historic skyline that are especially beautiful at sunset or in the moonshine, Istanbul is definitely a romantic city. If you’re planning on proposing to your loved one, there are a few great places, from the upscale to the more laid-back (depending on your style) that are perfectly romantic and very Istanbul.

Nicole Restaurant

Restaurant, Turkish, French, $$$
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Courtesy of Nicole Restaurant
Courtesy of Nicole Restaurant

For a more upscale proposal, complete with some of the best haute cuisine dishes that Istanbul has to offer, make a reservation at Nicole Restaurant. Located on the terrace of the very lovely Tom Tom Suites, the view of Istanbul is absolutely breathtaking at night, especially the lights of Sultanahmet. Pop a bottle of champagne when he or she says yes and indulge in some amazing dessert.

Beylerbeyi Palace Garden

One of the lesser-known splendors of the Ottoman Empire, the Beylerbeyi Palace has the advantage of being located right by the Bosporus. After a tour of the interior, take your future wife or husband out into the beautiful garden and propose under the trees with the water just a few steps away.

Address and Phone Number:

Beylerbeyi Sarayı, Istanbul, +(0212) 236 90 00

Maiden’s Tower

Restaurant, Contemporary, European
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Maiden's Tower, Istanbul
Maiden's Tower, Istanbul | © 360 Istanbul
Located on a small island off the Üsüdar neighborhood, what better place to ask for your partner’s hand in marriage but on the Bosphorus itself? With its many legends that revolve around love, the Maiden’s Tower is definitely a romantic place, with one of the best views of Istanbul’s European and Asian sides.


Istanbul’s islands offer a great getaway from the high energy of the city and are better suited for those couples who prefer some nature in their romance. Walk the tree-lined path up to Kalpazankaya Restaurant, which sits on the island’s highest peak with a full view of the sea. We recommend you propose at sunset, when the colors are absolutely beautiful.

Address and Phone Number:

Kalpazankaya Mevkii, Prince Islands, +(0216) 381 11 11

Pierre Loti Café

If you’re a down-to-earth kind of couple, then Pierre Loti Café is definitely a great place to mark the beginning of your lives together. A simple café with a spectacular city view, the Pierre Loti looks over the Golden Horn and all its historic neighborhoods. Celebrate “yes” with some Turkish tea and gaze at the city (as well as into each other’s eyes).

Address and Phone Number:

Eyüp Merkez Mahallesi, Eyüp, +(0212) 581 26 96

Aya Yorgi Church

Church, Monastery
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Aya Yorgi
Aya Yorgi | © Feride Yalav
Located at the very top point of Büyükada, this is a great place for nature and history enthusiast couples. Every year, people hike up to the Aya Yorgi church, unraveling a spool of string along the way to make a wish, and in this case you can tell your loved one that your wish has come true while you gaze out over a great sea view.

Bosphorus Cruise

If a Bosphorus cruise on a private yacht with dinner, champagne, and roses is what you’re looking for, then you’re in luck. Zoe Yachts’ Sunset or Dinner Cruise is the perfect place to propose in a setting where it’s just the two of you, the Bosphorus, the sunset, and a whole lot of romance. You can also request for the boat to stop at a certain point, in case you want the twinkling lights of the Bosphorus Bridge behind you as you pop the question.

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