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Top 10: Al fresco dining in Istanbul

The tastiest places for enjoying the view in Istanbul.


Turkey Editor

What better way to take in a city’s spectacular views than by enjoying an exquisite meal at one of its hottest al fresco restaurants? Istanbul offers plenty of locales that provide an impeccable view and wonderful cuisine, sure to please your senses.

Kiss the Frog

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This chic brasserie in the picturesque Rumelihisarı neighbourhood specialises in creative seafood dishes served in a fine-dining setting. Unlike most other fish restaurants along the Bosphorus, Kiss the Frog fuses local and international recipes to play up the freshness of ingredients. The restaurant also offers an extensive selection of Turkish and international wines. Whether you opt for an assortment of starters, sushi or pizza, be sure to save room for the famous After Eight Profiteroles for dessert.

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Kasa Roof Lounge

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Perched atop Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel, Kasa Roof Lounge has become one of the most popular destinations in the hip Karaköy neighbourhood since its opening last summer. Here you can sample Executive Chef Volkan Cengel’s modern take on classic Turkish flavours. We recommend visiting in the early evening to catch the sunset as you enjoy one of Kasa’s signature cocktails.

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Saigon Istanbul

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One of the newest hot spots in town, Saigon Istanbul occupies an enviable location atop the building that houses the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. Enjoy a selection of dishes that blend Mediterranean and Asian flavours as well as an extensive wine and cocktail menu. The venue takes on a club-like atmosphere after hours, when the terrace offers a spectacular view and a well-deserved break from dancing.

Mükellef Karaköy

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This terrace-floor restaurant owned by Turkish celebrity chef Arda Türkmen serves a menu of inventive meze (Turkish starters) in an upscale setting. Mükellef is one of the latest eateries to join the modern meyhane trend, but its breath-taking view of the Historic Peninsula puts it one step ahead of the competition. Go for the traditional meyhane experience and order a glass of rakı (aniseed-flavoured spirit) with your meal.

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A local favourite for romantic dinners in the Karaköy neighbourhood, Ferahfeza is a chic restaurant that boasts views of the Golden Horn and the Galata Tower. We recommend making reservations for the terrace section, where you can enjoy a glass of wine or a refreshing cocktail and sample a few of Ferahfeza’s signature meze before moving onto the main course.

Gaja Roof & Sky

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Recently renovated and open only in the summer, the Gaja Roof Restaurant and Gaja Sky Bar at Swissotel The Bosphorus give you the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal while taking pleasure in the sights of the Bosphorus, the sounds of live music and a overall remarkable atmosphere. Savor the unique culinary offerings of Gaja roof, then witness the beauty of the night at Gaja Sky.

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Müzedechanga - which means “Changa at the museum” in Turkish - is located in the luscious gardens of the Sakip Sabanci museum overlooking the Bosphorus. After serving a light menu for museum visitors throughout the day, the restaurant becomes a fine dining establishment in the evenings, offering a selection of Turkish and Mediterranean-inspired dishes influenced by kitchen consultant Peter Gordon. Designed by the award-winning Autoban Design Team, Müzedechanga offers an exquisite view of Istanbul at night.



The glistening lights of the Istanbul city stretch look even more mesmerising from the Mikla. Not only does the sleek and stylish rooftop restaurant offer a breathtaking view, but it also treats guests to a true Turkish experience with an authentic menu of carefully selected local ingredients. Voted one of the best restaurants in the city, the Mikla will surely transform your Istanbul trip.

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Mia Mensa

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Mia Mensa combines Istanbul’s beautiful scenery with classic Italian flavour where both locals and visitors alike can value the eclectic cuisine. Sit by the water with the stunning Bosphorus Bridge as your backdrop and enjoy favourites such as octopus carpaccio, melanzane fish soup, lobster pasta or pate beef tenderloin. Regardless of your culinary preferences, Mia Mensa won’t disappoint.

1 Kiss the Frog
2 Anjelique
3 Kasa Roof Lounge (Vault Karaköy by The House Hotel)
4 Saigon Istanbul
5 Mükellef Karaköy (The Haze Hotel)
6 Ferahfeza
7 Gaja Roof and Sky
8 Müzedechanga
9 Mikla (The Marmara Pera)
10 Mia Mensa