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For those who like to enjoy food and drinks there are plenty of good restaurants and rooftop bars in Istanbul. The climate here is almost always warm and because of that you can enjoy the roof terraces all year round.
There's a lot of fantastic terraces in Istanbul with magnificent views and vistas. Given that Istanbul is one of the world's 10 largest cities, the Istanbul rooftop bars here are quite scattered. Most, however, around the Taksim Square and the slightly more central areas.
Due to the warm climate and the size of the city, there are some very good opportunities to find some awesome rooftops for those who are looking for a place to drink with a view at here. Between some roof terraces there’s walking distance, while others require a taxi ride.
As a tourist, it's very convenient and affordable with taxi here. The typical Istanbul rooftop bar is located at a restaurant with breathtaking views over the city and sea.
Istanbul is Turkey's largest city with about 15 million inhabitants. With that number, it is also one of the world's largest cities. The city is divided into an Asian and a European part, where 60% of the population lives in the European part. The city is also Turkey's economic and cultural center, even though it is Ankara that is the capital of the country. Istanbul is surrounded by water, the main reasons being the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea. There are numerous attractions in the city such as the Blue Mosque, the bazaar or to watch a soccer game with any of the city's top teams.
Which are the best rooftops in Istanbul? Among rooftop bars in Istanbul, you can find both fantastic food, healthy drinks and really good party. Some of the city's best and most luxurious roof terraces have fantastic restaurants. Here you can eat both Turkish and international cuisine to the view of the skyline of Istanbul, the Bosphorus and the Sea. As for drinks at the rooftop terraces of Istanbul the most classic range of cocktails are available and also beer and wine of course. What is special here is the Turkish specialty raki, which can be ordered from the city’s rooftop bars. Partying until the early hours at a rooftop bar in Istanbul is not that common. Here you mainly hang out to drink cocktails or eat good food, before heading off to one of the city's nightclubs.
Istanbul is one of the world's largest cities, and here there are a lot of high-rise buildings with absolutely stunning rooftop terraces. Most of Istanbul's rooftop bars are located in high-rise buildings or a building on top of any height, to get a good overview over the city. The view can be obtained from the terraces can be quite magical. Everything from the views of the Bosphorus, the city center, the Blue Mosque and the sea. If you put the view in the first place when visiting a rooftop bar, then Istanbul is a very good city to visit.
There are lots of things to do in a mega city like Istanbul. Here you can visit the famous mosque Hagia Sofia is the most famous landmark in the city, take a boat trip on the Bosphorus (which separates Asia and Europe), stroll around the Grand Bazaar and buy raw materials and miscellaneous stuff or take a Turkish bath, which is said to purify both body and soul. For those who are interested in sports, there are three big football teams in Istanbul. Galatasaray, Besiktas and Fenerbahce. All plays in the Turkish top league. If you want to see on a derby between these teams should be aware that it can get really messy.
Istanbul has almost all the prerequisites for being a city where it is ideal to have a rooftop pool. Here there are some luxurious and stylish rooftop swimming pools with stunning views of the city and the sea. There is something special to be in a swimming pool on a roof and just look out over the city and its surroundings. The city view in Istanbul is very powerful, and also has one of the world's coolest sunrises. And why not experience it in a rooftop pool. The rooftop pools in Istanbul may only be used by hotel guests. Book a hotel with rooftop pool directly with us and take advantage of the best rates and deals right now.
Istanbul has two major airports. One located little outside of town and the other a little closer. Both airports are very busy and aircrafts from around the world take off and land here daily. As we mentioned earlier, Istanbul is one of the world's largest cities, which also offers an incredible large range of hotels. Many of the hotels in Istanbul also has really good roof terraces. Book a hotel on our site and take advantage of the best prices and deals on the market. Want a rooftop bar at your hotel? It can be booked directly on the site of the rooftop bar with us.