Sometimes all you need is some shade and a breath of fresh air during the summer time in Istanbul. Whether it’s for a breakfast with family, or drinks with friends to cool off while enjoying the sunset, a comfortable outdoor seat amongst luscious greenery is nourishing and essential during the hot months. Give this list a read before making reservations next time you’re looking for something like this.
Backyard is a kind of safe zone located in Bebeköy. You could visit both in the mornings and in the evenings. It has been popular for city locals due to its peaceful aura brought on by the welcoming garden. Backyard is popular for delicious breakfast options, prepared with local ingredients and also known for delicious salad options. Otlukbeli Caddesi, Bebeköy Sokak No.4 Etiler; T: (0212) 287 15 00
One of the classics of the Asian Side, Café Zanzibar boasts a spacious garden overlooking the azure Marmara Sea and a well-thought out menu catering to anyone’s palate from breakfast to dinner. Cemil Topuzlu Caddesi Köşk Sokak No.112, Caddebostan; T: (0216) 385 64 30
Ahali 279 is an ideal spot for large gatherings as well as escaping the city for the weekend. Cabana-like seating spaces create a romantic setting overlooking the lush foliage. Breakfast is available all day long and the menu is wholesome and diverse. Kilyos Caddesi No.279, Sarıyer; T: 0532 351 79 84
With its spacious garden in all hues of greens, Limonlu Bahçe offers you an escape from the crowded streets of İstiklal. Cool off with one of the many drinks featured on the venue’s menu. Yeniçarşı Caddesi, No.98, Galatasaray; T: (0212) 252 10 94
Set among beautiful buildings in Cihangir, White Mill offers a peaceful spot in the middle of the city’s center. The café’s large and cozy garden attracts locals daily. Enjoy a glass of lemonade or go for a beer, either way you are sure to cool off. Susam Sokak No. 13, Cihangir; T: (0212) 292 28 95
One of the best places to enjoy rakı and kebab on the Asian Side of Istanbul. The restaurant’s menu is a mix of Turkish, Arabic, and Ottoman cuisines. The roomy garden can host hundreds. Eski Kısıklı Caddesi No.129, Altunizade; T: (0216) 422 55 80
Suvla is bound to be the breeziest spot in the busy business district of Levent. Decorated with flora and chic tables, Suvla’s terrace provides its guests with an idyllic atmosphere perfect for pleasant conversations over delicious dishes and impeccable local wine. Kanyon Shopping Mall terrace floor, Büyükdere Caddesi No.185, Levent; T: (0212) 353 54 64