From romantic dinner to luxurious suite spa, there are many ways to celebrate the special day with your valentine in this glamorous city.

Five-star hotel Valentine’s Day specials

Swissôtel The Bosphorus

Housed in a 120-year-old wooden cabin, Chalet has a romantic Swiss ambience and offers a set menu featuring cheese, meat, and chocolate fondue at the price of 395TL per person. GABBRO’s set menu is 1,050 TL, including a one-night accommodation certificate which you can use before June 10. With 215 TL per person, you can enjoy Cafe Swiss’s open buffet accompanied by a live performance by the singer Seran Bilgi; two lucky couples at the buffet can win the opportunity to stay at Swissôtel Bodrum or Swissôtel Izmir. Acısu Sokaği No.19, Beşiktaş; T: 0212 326 11 00; www.swissotel.com

Chalet

Raffles Istanbul

Rocca Brasserie offers an intimate Valentine’s Day dinner for 395 TL per person on February 14. If you’re planning to celebrate Valentine’s on another day during the month, visit Raffles Patisserie for its unique ruby chocolate or enjoy Raffles Spa’s Valentine’s package for an hour long warm oil massage plus forty-minute Toxin-cleanse wrap, starting from 180 USD per couple. Zorlu Center, Zincirlikuyu; T: 0212 924 02 00; www.raffles.com/istanbul

Raffles Istanbul

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Kindle some romance during the Valentine’s Day afternoon tea at Gazebo Lounge for 180 TL per person. For dinner, the waterfront Tuğra Restaurant offers a special menu with a splendid Bosphorus view and live violin music. If you wish to spend the night in a room with a Bosphorus view, accommodation packages start from 700 EUR and include dinner and buffet breakfast for two at Laledan Restaurant. Çırağan Caddesi No.32,Beşiktaş;  T: 0212 326 46 46; www.kempinski.com

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

InterContinental Istanbul

On February 14, City Lights bar will be a nice spot for live music performance from Orka Orchestra while Safran restaurant will hold live fasıl music as an alternative for traditional Ottoman music lovers. The special menu serves crawfish and Salmon, risotto, baked lamb coin, and chocolate crumble. Asker Ocağı Caddesi No.1, Gümüşsuyu; T: 0212 368 44 44

City Lights Bar

Table for two

Nicole

One of the best fine dining restaurants in Istanbul, Nicole is known for its appreciation of seasonal ingredients and new culinary ideas served to diners with each menu change. Enjoy the exclusive contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with a magnificent view of the old city. Tomtom Kaptan Sokak No.18, Tomtom; T: 0212 292 44 67

Nicole

Neolokal

Located at the top floor of SALT Galata, chef Maksut Aşkar’s Neolokal presents innovative Anatolian cuisine by adding his own twists. The historic Ottoman building offers a stunning view of the Golden Horn. SALT Galata, Bankalar Caddesi No.11; T: 0212 244 00 16

Neolokal

Firuze

Experience Istanbul-style romance at Firuze meyhane while watching the sunset. Şişhane Sokak No.5, Nejat Eczacıbaşı, Şişhane; T: 0212 238 50 50

Firuze

Alaf

Boasting both a fine dining restaurant and a street food bar, Alaf is the city’s new favorite choice for a romantic date. Try the tasting menu for 150 TL per person, or the à la carte menu featuring purslane with burnt yogurt, cold tuna, fish roe paste, pide, meatballs, and more. Arnavutköy Kuruçeşme Caddesi No.19, Kuruçeşme; T: 0532 015 94 19

Alaf

Neni Brasserie

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by eating French cuisine in a stylish atmosphere with jazz music at Neni Brasserie. The special menu can be tasted from February 14–20. Haldun Taner Sokak No.7/1, Caddebostan; T: (0216) 407 10 43

Neni Brasserie

Antica Locanda

Located on a quiet street in Arnavutköy, Antica Locanda is one of The Guide Istanbul’s favorite places for Italian cuisine. Enjoy chef Gian Carlo Talerico’s exquisite menu in a warm, cozy atmosphere. Satış Meydanı No. 12, Arnavutköy; T (0212) 287 97 45

Antica Locanda

Escale

With its elegant and relaxing atmosphere, Escale at Kanyon servers great food with excellent service and music. Its iconic bar is especially popular for evening cocktails. Kanyon, Büyükdere Caddesi, Levent; T: 0212 353 51 10

Escale

Glens

Popular for its cocktails as well as for its Mediterranean cuisine, Glens’s Valentine’s Day special is prepared by executive chef Bahadır Abul. The rooftop terrace with a Bosphorus view makes it an ideal place for romantic dates in Nişantaşı. Nish Palas Istanbul by Hyatt, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi No.12, Nişantaşı;T: 0212 803 77 77

Glens
Glens

Exotic tastes: plates to share

If you want to try some exotic flavors, many Pan-Asian restaurants serve delicious dishes that are ideal for sharing. Visit Isokyo at Raffles Istanbul or İnari Sushi Omakase in Kuruçeşme. With its izakaya-style dining, Zuma in İstinye Park offers contemporary Japanese cuisine, including a robata grill to cook on an open fire.

İnari Sushi Omakas

Music night

The Badau

This upmarket, intimate jazz club in Kadıköy is offering a set dinner menu for a limited number of guests. Dinner starts at 6:30pm and live music begins at 9pm. The place is popular among locals, so make a reservation now to ensure you get a table on February 14. Karakolhane Caddesi No.49, Kadıköy; T: 0532 306 43 34; @thebadau.istanbul

Frankie

Frankie restaurant is the best place for fine dining accompanied by live music. On Valentine’s Day, enjoy the special menu—at 275 TL per person—featuring grilled beef tenderloin and steamed minekop. The singer Nedime Girişken will cover a series of timeless classics.Teşvikiye Caddesi No.41,Teşvikiye; T: 0212 230 66 66

Luxury spas and suites

Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Istanbul

With its modern design of marble walls and walnut wood, Iridium offers different spa services in seven rooms, including a couple’s room, a VIP room with a Vichy shower and its own private hammam, and a Thai-themed room. Mim Kemal Öke Caddesi No.35, Nişantaş; T: 0212 368 00 00

Sanitas at Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Sanitas has three options for couples: standard massage, romantic massage, and the eternal duet, ranging from 300–700 EUR. Massages can be given in the hotel room with a supplement of 60 EUR per couple. Çırağan Caddesi No.32,Beşiktaş; T: 0212 326 46 46

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

eforea Spa at Hilton Istanbul Bomonti

Offering an international selection of relaxation and beauty treatments, eforea Spa encompasses three floors of the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Center. Unwind in the spa’s luxurious couple suite and Turkish hammam. Silahşör Caddesi No.42, Şişli; T: 0212 375 30 00

Therapia Spa at The Grand Tarabya

Indulge yourself with the couple suite spa treatment in the 4,500 square-meter Therapia Spa. Its floor-to-ceiling windows give breathtaking views of the Bosphorus. Haydar Aliyev Caddesi No.154, Sarıyer; T: 0212 363 33 00

Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa

If you want an escape from city life, head to Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa in Sapanca for a Valentine’s Day trip. Experience chocolate massage with a 20% discount and have fun in the chocolate workshop with your loved one. Accommodation packages start from 1,750 TL, where you can enjoy a buffet breakfast, spa facilities, and a breathtaking view of the lake. Sahilyolu Mevkii, Sapanca; T: 0264 582 21 00

Richmond Nua Wellness-Spa

Valentine’s Day gifts

Gilan

Istanbul’s luxury jewelry brand Gilan presents the Theodora collection; a great gift for your confident, amazing woman. Combining the style of the Eastern Roman Empress Theodora with the geometric decorations of Hagia Sophia, the collection presents a bold statement of female power and beauty. İstinye Park, Katar Caddesi No.73, Sarıyer; T: 0212 345 50 08

Gilan

Atelier Rebul

Atelier Rebul have been selling cosmetics and perfume since 1895. A special florally-decorated Valentine’s Day perfume gift box is on sale from February 13–14. Stop by one of its stores and the staff will help you find the right fragrance for your valentine. Kanyon, Büyükdere Caddesi No.185

Atelier Rebul
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