Things to Do at Valentine’s Day in Istanbul

What could be more romantic than celebrating Valentine´s Day in Istanbul, known as "the city of lovers"?

Updated Date : 17.03.2022

 

Istanbul is a city steeped in history, and many people fall head over heels in love with it at first sight. So, on this beautiful day spent in Istanbul with your Valentine, we've put up a list of well-curated ideas for activities to do, places to go, and presents to purchase.

Best Things to Do on Valentine's Day in Istanbul

Feed the Seagulls on a Bosphorus Tour

The Strait of Bosphorus, which pides Istanbul into two sections, is a significant landmark in Istanbul and serves as the official connecting point between Europe and Asia. Starting at "Ortakoy or Besiktas Pier," you may take a cruise down the Bosphorus to see the city's sights from the water. Remember to feed the seagulls as they anxiously await the arrival of the boats.

At Pierre Loti Hill, Rebuild Your Love

Visitors to Pierre Loti Hill may enjoy a lovely scenario with the famous vista extending across the Golden Horn. At one of the classic cafes and restaurants on the hill, you may have Turkish tea while enjoying the romantic ambiance.

The Historic Peninsula is a Great Place to Get Lost in

The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Basilica Cistern are among the most well-known tourist attractions in Istanbul's Historical Peninsula, all of which have considerable cultural significance symbolize ancient Istanbul.

On the Princes Islands, Go for a Bike Ride

Take a boat to the Princes Islands and enjoy a romantic day with your partner. Because cars are not permitted on the islands, you will travel between the old summer homes by bicycle. Among the archipelago of Princes' islands, "Buyukada" (Grand Island) and "Heybeliada" (Heybeliada) are the most popular for sunset viewing.

Take a Stroll Around the Bebek Waterfront

Locals like to spend a relaxing weekend in Istanbul by eating a tasty Turkish breakfast at one of the cafés along the waterfront, stretching from Bebek to Sariyer and taking a stroll to appreciate the fresh wind blowing from the sea.

Idea for Valentine’s Day gifts

You can find genuine presents among the Grand Bazaar's hidden jewels, which are one of the world's largest marketplaces. While mingling with the people, you may barter for traditional items, rare jewels, and handcrafted souvenirs. If you prefer more high-end goods, Istanbul's renowned malls such as Zorlu Center, Emaar Square Mall, and Istinye Park are genuine shopping paradise.

3 Best Restaurants for Valentine's Day in Istanbul

On this particular day, several restaurants in Istanbul host romantic dinners for couples. There is a wide range of options to suit every taste and budget, whether you want to spend your evening in a relaxed historical setting with stunning views of Istanbul or choose more emotional options with live music.

Sarnic Restaurant in Cistern

Sarnic Restaurant, located within walking distance of the touristy Old Town, provides delectable modern Anatolian cuisine to its patrons in a beautiful setting inside the Byzantine Cistern, complete with live piano music.

Deraliye Restaurant Terrace

Deraliye Terrace Restaurant is rooftop restaurant with the view of old city such as Hagia Sophia, Bosphorus and Galata Tower. Offering Sultan Dishes from Ottoman recipes.

Lacivert Restaurant

Lacivert Restaurant is one of the perfect choice for romantic dinner. With amazing view of Bosphorus, it is located at the nerby sea. It provides a romantic evening and a panoramic view of the city.

The Final Word

Istanbul, Turkey's most vibrant city, does not sleep. So whether you want to attend a neighbourhood concert or have a romantic meal with your loved one, there are always plenty of engaging activities geared for special occasions. As a result, on Valentine's Day, you can count on a multitude of great local activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do Turks celebrate Valentine´s Day?

    Yes, Turks celebrate Valentine's Day. It is celebrated in Turkey with beautiful decorations in shopping malls, restaurants, large stores, streets, store windows, and entertainment venues.

  • Is Istanbul a romantic city?

    Yes, Istanbul is a romantic city with a variety of activities for couples. There are a lot of romantic parks and hotels to visit for couples.

  • Where is the best place to celebrate Valentine in Istanbul?

    Bosphorous is considered the best place to celebrate Valentine in Istanbul. You can also enjoy it there on a cruise and see the beautiful view of the whole city from the water.

  • Where can I go on a date in Istanbul?

    The restaurants in the Bosphorus are the best place for a date. Here you can have a beautiful sunset view to make your date more romantic.

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