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Istanbul's best rooftop bars

Istanbul's breezy summer nights are best enjoyed with the enchanting view from the rooftops

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The iconic silhouette of Istanbul should be enjoyed from a lofty height. Comprising historical mosques, bridges, yachts and the glittering Bosphorus, watching the sun go down over this rich landscape is a sight to behold and one not to be missed in the city. Here’s our pick of the best terraces and rooftops from which to enjoy a drink with a view:

Duble Meze Bar

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Duble Meze Bar opened last autumn on the terrace of the Palazzo Donizetti Hotel in the Beyoğlu neighbourhood. Its concept is based on serving modernised versions of Turkish appetisers, known as meze, in an upscale setting. The food blends Middle Eastern, Anatolian and Balkan recipes with an emphasis on using local and seasonal ingredients. The view of Haliç and the Historical Peninsula from Duble is a must-see, while a meal here is best enjoyed with a glass of Turkey’s most popular spirit, rakıwww.dublemezebar.com

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Ferahfeza

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Located in the hip Karaköy neighbourhood, Ferahfeza opened at the end of last summer to rave reviews. Although the eatery boasts a spacious interior, what sets Ferahfeza apart is its breezy terrace with a view overlooking the Karaköy pier and the Historical Peninsula. Its mix of Mediterranean fare and local favourites is consistently flavourful, and the service by the friendly staff is also worth a mention. We recommend ordering several of their inventive starters to share, along with a bottle of Turkish wine. www.ferahfeza-ist.com

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Mama Shelter

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This trendy restaurant is operated by the Istanbul branch of the French hotel chain. Its fun, colourful décor serves as the perfect backdrop to enjoy a select menu of French- Turkish fusion fare. The eatery also includes a massive island bar where flavourful cocktails are crafted. Yet the interior doesn’t hold a candle to Mama Shelter’s spacious rooftop terrace, which features ample seating and a panoramic view of the city – the perfect place to enjoy those after-dinner cocktails. www.mamashelter.com

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NuTeras

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Nuteras has been one of Istanbul’s favourite summertime venues for over a decade. As the name suggests, this restaurant/bar is situated on the terrace of the Nupera building in the popular nightlife district of Beyoğlu. The cuisine is a mix of international and modern Turkish styles, although the this takes a backseat to the spectacular view of Haliç and the Golden Horn. Enjoying cocktails from the Nuteras bar as the sun sets is a must-have experience for any visitor; you can also stay to hear DJs spin after hours. www.www.nuteras.com.tr

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Zelda Zonk

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A welcome addition to the Istanbul nightlife scene, Zelda Zonk’s rooftop bar – with views of Haliç and the Golden Horn on one side and the Galata Tower on the other – has made it a firm favourite amongst Istanbulites. The venue gets its name from the alias Marilyn Monroe used when checking into hotels – quite fitting given Zelda Zonk’s location on the top floor of Gradiva Hotel. The eclectic menu embraces that same playful attitude, as young chef Bengi Kayhan treats food as an end in itself, not a means. www.gradivahotels.com/zeldazonk

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Vogue

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Vogue the restaurant opened way before Vogue the magazine launched in Turkey, and for the last 18 years, it's been on everyone's favourite list. Perched atop of the highest building in the neighbourhood of Akaretler, the venue has an unparalleled view of the Boshorus Bridge and an amazing kitchen that can cook the most impressive French, Turkish and Japanese dishes to perfection. With an exciting wine list and a DJ playing every weekend, it's highly likely you'll enjoy the view until late. www.voguerestaurant.com

1 Duble Meze Bar
2 Ferahfeza
3 Mama Shelter
4 NuTeras
5 Zelda Zonk
6 Vogue