One of the things I adore about Istanbul is the ongoing discovery of hidden gems around the city. Not real gems, but rather, venues with spectacular features—a secret garden or a rooftop cafe with a gobsmacking, drop-dead-gorgeous view. These gems keep me hunting for more!
The rooftop restaurant at the Seven Hills Hotel is one such gem. Located on a quiet side street in tourist Sultanahmet, from your dining seat you can see most of Istanbul's famous sites.
To the west is the Aya Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Hurrem Baths. On the east, the Marmara Sea and Bosporus stretch out to Asia and the Princes' Islands. At night you can also gaze over the lighting display of the Bosporus Bridge with the Maiden's Tower in the foreground.
For such a view, do expect to pay extra for food and drinks. They specialize in Turkish cuisine and seafood—but you can go for coffee and cake or just a glass of wine.
It's a great place to spend your last night in the city, say good-bye, and be "hugged" by Istanbul's famous landmarks.
The best time to visit is at sunset. Stay as the nearby mosques sing the call to prayer.