In emulation of the Old Rome, the New Rome (Constantinopole) too had to be built on seven hills so as to be at least as sacred as its ancient counterpart. Hence both cities were defined as cities of 'seven hills', All these hills are in the area within the Byzantine city walls and offer beautiful views overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. More viewpoints are located on both sides of the Bosphorus. Also our hotel’s terrace offers a breathtaking view, especially at the end of the day during and after the sun set. You can click on the name of each place to see its location and its proximity to our hotel on the map.
Topkapı Palace (1st Hill). The final and fourt court has a terrace stepping down towards Seraglio Point with views over the southern entrance of Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara and the Asian side. The historical Konyalı Restaurant offers a much coveted terrace seating.
Setüstü Tea Garden. This spot at the edge of the Gülhane Park has an angle covering the Asian side, half of the Bosphorus up to the the first bridge and the entrance of the Golden Horn. Worth to stop for a tea or Turkish coffee.
Galata Bridge. This vital link between two sides of the European Istanbul ist the best spot to observe the hustle and bustle of the city.
Griffin Restaurant (Fish|$$$$). This restaurant has a location with a spectacular view overlooking the Galata Bridge and the old city. Apart from the view the fish is extremely fresh and wonderfully prepared. (Though pricier than the competitors). Lunch+ Dinner. Res.0212-251- 1371.
Sultan Selim Mosque (5th Hill). The mosque that dates to the 16th century is located in the fascinating Çarşamba district one of the city's most conservative enclaves. Its terrace has spectacular views of the Golden Horn.
Top of the City Wall (6th Hill). In this section of the Theodosius Walls there is a staicase that allows you to go up to the wall where you have a good view overlooking the old city, Golden Horn and the land walls that streches between the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara.
Pierre Loti Café. An open-air café with best views overlooking the Golden Horn and (most probably wrongly) assumed to be the favorite cafe of the French writer Pierre Loti (author of "Aziyade"), who spent some years in this district of the Ottoman Istanbul.
Leb-i Derya Restaurant (International|$$$). On the top floor of a dishevelled building off İstiklal, Leb-i Derya has panoramic views across to the Old City and down the Bosphorus. Lunch+ Dinner. Res. 0212-293-4989.
Bosphorus Cruise.To take a boat -either a full-day long cruise or a short one- is definitely the best way to see Istanbul topography. It is a beautiful experience in all weathers and we think it is a must for every visitor of the city. Check timetable before going to the pier.
Bosphorus Bridge. The oldest of the two suspension bridges spanning the Bosphorus, it was completed in 1973 and is 1561 m long. The bridge has magnificent views of the Bosphorus, but since pedestrians are not allowed on it, the view can be enjoyed just while driving.
Leander's Tower (Maiden's Tower). Although it was occupied by a Byzantine fortress in Byzantine times the tower dates from the last century. The tower which was a lighthouse before has a café/restaurant. This scenic spot with an avarage lunch can be reached by a boat from Üsküdar.
Vogue Restaurant (International|$$$$). Offerring a great range of Meditterenean and international cuisine (including a sushi bar) this restaurant has stunning views of the Bosphorus and the Asian side of town from its three terraces. Lunch+ Dinner. Res.0212-227-4404.
Çamlıca Hill is 268 meters above sea level and is the highest point of Istanbul. Popular among domestic and foreign tourists, the recreation area has a café and a restaurant.
Sapphire Building. With its 54 floors and 261 meters height Sapphire is the tallest skyscraper of Istanbul and Turkey. It is a shopping and luxury residence mixed-use project and has an observation terrace open to public.