Where to Find The Best Scenic Views in Istanbul

Turkish scenic views

The Best views of Istanbul include the iconic cityscape– historic mosques, palaces, minarets, and the boats skipping across the waves of the Bosphorus. Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects the cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world for shopping, tourists, and history lovers.

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The Best Scenic Views of Istanbul

1. Galata Tower & Bridge

I love looking for a place to view a city from high ground. And you can get a bird’s-eye view of everything from the balcony at the top of the Galata Tower in Beyoğlu. The modern part of old Istanbul was home to the city’s foreign residents. Built-in 1348, the tower once formed part of a sub-city. It stretched right down to the Bosphorus.

Beyoğlu, +90 212 293 8180, galatatower.net, entrance £3.50. Open 9am-8pm.

2. Litera Bar


The Ottoman buildings that line the streets of Beyoğlu are tall. They have a tendency to block out the city’s fantastic natural beauty. However, climbing to the Litera Bar on the fifth floor of the Goethe Institute, lays the Asian side of the Bosphorus at your feet. Glass walls and high top tables with stools allow for a million-dollar view.

Litera Bar, Goethe-Institut Istanbul, Yeniçarşi Caddesi 32, Beyoğlu, +90 212 249 2009, goethe.de/istanbul, literarestaurant.com.

3. 360


With views stretching over Istanbul in all directions, as the name suggests, glamorous 360 is worth coming to for that alone. The food isn’t too good. Instead of booking dinner, come here early and get a coveted window seat. Then sip your drink very slowly and enjoy the view. When you’ve taken that in, go just about anywhere else for something to eat.

Istiklal Caddesi 311, Misir Apartman floor 8, Beyoğlu, +90 212 251 1042,360istanbul.com.

4. Sultan Pub


There are numerous hotel bars. It’s very hard to find a decent drink in the old city. But there are a few options. The Sultan Pub is fun, if not over the top. It’s an American-style bar spread over three floors with great views of Istanbul. The pub serves hamburgers and alcoholic drinks within sight of the Aya Sofya. The pavement seating is always lively. However, the roof terrace affords the best views over the Hippodrome.

Divanyolu Caddesi 2, Sultanahmet, +90 212 528 1719, sultanpub.com.tr.

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Comments

  1. Surekha Busa

    I have never been to Istanbul but I would love to explore this place as I’ve heard that there is so much beauty to see here.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      I hope you do, stop by again very soon for some new adventures. It was a 9 hour flight going, but unfortunately it was 11 hours coming back.

    1. Stacey

      I could not have said it better Sara. I toally agree especially since I’ve had a chance to see such abtiny bit of it.

  2. Monidipa Dutta

    The most famous landmarks are of Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, the house of the Ottoman Sultans: Topkapı Palace, with its blue ceramics: Sultanahmet Mosque, the biggest covered bazaar Grand Bazaar.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      Hi Monidipa you are s right. They are under renovation right now, so not the most instagrammable, but they are still beautiful.

    1. Stacey

      Hi Lyosha— I feel grateful to have seen just avtiny bit. I hope to go back for a thorough exploration one day soon.

    1. Stacey

      I feel ya. Thankfully you’ll get another chance one day, you gotta take advantage of good deals on airfare. A cheap plane ticket makes any trip a lot better.

  3. Alexandra

    Really hope that one day I will be able to see all of these in person – thank you so much for sharing. Stunning photos!

  4. Joanna

    I would love to explore Istanbul at some point. I always try to find the highest points of a city to admire the panoramas, especially around sunset.

    1. duffelbagspouse

      This is a hard city to take a bad picture in. The only way the pictures would have been better is if it had been a clear day. But it rained for straight days which really hampered our sightseeing.

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