The Best Rooftop Bars In Istanbul, Turkey

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Andrew Ricca

With a dramatic skyline of historic districts, crowded with minarets, bridges and wide waterways, it was only a matter of time before Istanbul enjoyed a boom in rooftop establishments. Ranging from posh to casual, we’ll help you identify the right spot to sit back and enjoy the views with a glass of something refreshing in hand.


Resting high above the bohemian neighborhood of Cihangir is 5. Kat, one of Istanbul’s first rooftop bars, having opened its doors almost 20 years ago. Don’t be put off by the lackluster entrance; head straight to the elevator and up to the fifth floor, you’ll find yourself in a hip garden terrace with imposing views of the Bosphorus and surrounding cityscape. Plants are everywhere and it seems the bustle of Taksim couldn’t be further away.


A long-standing Istanbul favorite, known for excellent service and a truly sophisticated and extensive wine list, Vogue offers modern, understated surroundings, and music at a low volume for those what want to chat. This upscale bar and restaurant, also serving sushi, is located on the top floor of the Beşiktaş Plaza and for the 20+ years has consistently delivered some of best food and most breathtaking views available in all of Istanbul. From its three terraces, one reserved for bar patrons, you can enjoy the lights of Bosphorus Bridge in the distance.

Leb-i Derya

There’s more than one venue going by the name of Leb-i Derya in Istanbul. The one we’re referring to is accessible through the Richmond Hotel on Kumbaracı Street, just off Istiklal. A casual summery atmosphere adorned with a picturesque skyline make this place an excellent setting for a romantic dinner or enjoying one of the bar’s signature creations. Winters see the terrace turn into a heated indoor space, creatively closed off by glass walls taking nothing away from the surrounding views.

360 Istanbul

Situated at the very top of Mısır Apartments on İstiklal Avenue, 360 Istanbul is arguably the city’s most well-known venue of its kind. From the roof of this upscale edifice, housing reputable art-galleries down below, you can clearly spot Istanbul’s main landmarks stretching from St. Antoine’s Church all the way to Topkapi Palace. On a weekend, you can expect a sophisticated arty crowd keen on dancing to DJ sets, though during the week the vibe is somewhat quieter. Dress code is strictly enforced.


Situated on the top floor of the Marmara Pera Hotel, Mikla is a Michelin-starred restaurant and rooftop bar. With a fusion of Turkish and Scandinavian influences, Mikla provides a unique culinary experience alongside stunning vistas of Istanbul‘s skyline. It’s an excellent choice for a romantic dinner or special occasion.

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