Pierre Loti Tepesi
Pierre Loti Tepesi
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Get one of Istanbul’s best views of the Golden Horn up on this hilltop. Named after the French writer Pierre Loti, this hill boasts a sweeping observation deck and a café overlooking the riverfront which serves snacks and Turkish coffee. Make a wish at the wishing well Dilek Kuyusu, and take a tour of the Eyüp Cemetery, where Ottoman-era sultans and writers like Mehmed Celebi and Mahmud Aga are buried. If you’re not up for a hike, you can take a taxi up to the Pierre Loti Tepesi or hop on a cable car for a smooth journey. – Tripadvisor
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  • Rio R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning vista
    Amazing views over the Golden Horn. Food is outdoor street cafe bites, these are OK but you go here for the incredible views. It's very busy and you have to wait tables, especially at the front with the best views. Get a taxi there, costs around TRY 100. The tram line link is only partially complete as of June 2023 and the shuttle bus service that completes the journey runs too infrequently to be recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Archie
    Glenmoore, Pennsylvania7,351 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views
    We took a taxi to this area. Its located atop a hill. We enjoyed the views. There is a graveyard around this area. There is also a cafe. We took the stairs down qnd used the metro pass to take the cable car downhill. It was a fun time. Once you reach down you have to find a mode of transport. It took us time to find a taxi.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom10,280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views and a nice walk
    This was a lovely place to take in the views of the old city. Being outside the walls we were able to see part of them and a city gate as well as the famous skyline. To reach the viewing area you can either take the cable car (long wait) or walk up the pathway through the graveyard of Eyup Mosque. That took as about 10 minutes and was a pleasant and shaded walk. The cafe at the top is very popular although we just had a drink so I'm not sure what the food is like there.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Mohamed Sami
    Alexandria, Egypt1,709 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cafe with a view
    Right beside the area of Eyup, this hill is easily accessible by a teleferic and is named after the French poet and commander Pierre Loti where he spent some years of his life in Istanbul and used to visit this area. The hill is ironically used as a graveyard, yet even the look of the graveyard is somehow nice while the view from above is breathtaking overlooking the golden horn and the old European part of the old city. There are many cafes and of course the most famous one is named after Loti as well. Unfortunately, like anywhere else in old Istanbul, the place is becoming very crowded
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Mario I
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant, relaxing, delicious
    It was a pleasant visit; the teleferik was spotless and secure, and it took us a smooth two minutes to reach the pier loti hill. From there, we took many pictures of the breathtaking view. The coffee shops were packed, but we didn't get a chance to try them; they seemed warm and inviting, and the tea seemed to be delicious with the soothing view. Finally, we took a short stroll behind the coffee shops to discover some souvenir shops, and we were given the opportunity to sample some delicious hazelnut-flavored coffee. A visit is highly recommended. Overall, it takes one to one and a half hours, but it is not worth repeating.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 30, 2023
  • abufurqan
    Kuwait City, Kuwait32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular panoramic views of the Golden Horn
    I visited Pierre Loti Tepesi with my family, and it was a special trip as I had the pleasure of bringing my mother along for the first time. My brother, who came all the way from the UK with his family, joined us as well. The experience was truly unforgettable, offering breathtaking views that provided the perfect backdrop for some incredible photos and cherished memories.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 29, 2024
  • Jolie J
    Gatineau, Canada327 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long lines for the cable car
    I took the cable car to get to this place. Beware of extremely long lines for the cable car, I must have waited almost 2 hours in line. They accept credit cards for the cable car (you just scan your credit card at the end of the line before boarding). The ride itself is very shot. Nice viewpoints on top, but not a must-do. Restaurants and stores at the top as well.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 16, 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
This was a lovely place to take in the views of the old city. Being outside the walls we were able to see part of them and a city gate as well as the famous skyline. To reach the viewing area you can either take the cable car (long wait) or walk up the pathway through the graveyard of Eyup Mosque. That took as about 10 minutes and was a pleasant and shaded walk. The cafe at the top is very popular although we just had a drink so I'm not sure what the food is like there.
Written September 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mohamed Sami
Alexandria, Egypt1,709 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Right beside the area of Eyup, this hill is easily accessible by a teleferic and is named after the French poet and commander Pierre Loti where he spent some years of his life in Istanbul and used to visit this area. The hill is ironically used as a graveyard, yet even the look of the graveyard is somehow nice while the view from above is breathtaking overlooking the golden horn and the old European part of the old city. There are many cafes and of course the most famous one is named after Loti as well. Unfortunately, like anywhere else in old Istanbul, the place is becoming very crowded
Written September 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nasreen V
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Pierre Loti to me is a beautiful memory. I had taken some family members there. We had so much fun climbing, having coffee in the hills and just admiring the view. If graveyards had to be awarded for aesthetics, this should receive the award. Its a wonderful way to spend the afternoon with a bunch of fun people. Spectacular view. Lovely atmosphere
Written January 9, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mario I
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
It was a pleasant visit; the teleferik was spotless and secure, and it took us a smooth two minutes to reach the pier loti hill. From there, we took many pictures of the breathtaking view. The coffee shops were packed, but we didn't get a chance to try them; they seemed warm and inviting, and the tea seemed to be delicious with the soothing view. Finally, we took a short stroll behind the coffee shops to discover some souvenir shops, and we were given the opportunity to sample some delicious hazelnut-flavored coffee. A visit is highly recommended. Overall, it takes one to one and a half hours, but it is not worth repeating.
Written October 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MoonaMuslim
739 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
To go to the Pierre Loti Tepesi you can take the cable car, take a taxi, or take your time and make the way on foot. The climb is rewarded with a great view of Istanbul and a top view of the Golden Horn.
The restaurant for eating is cozy and the service is quick and quick. In addition to all the sights, a worthwhile place to visit
This sight is good to combine with a visit to the Sultan Eyüp mosque.
Written March 31, 2020
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abufurqan
Kuwait City, Kuwait32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
I visited Pierre Loti Tepesi with my family, and it was a special trip as I had the pleasure of bringing my mother along for the first time. My brother, who came all the way from the UK with his family, joined us as well. The experience was truly unforgettable, offering breathtaking views that provided the perfect backdrop for some incredible photos and cherished memories.
Written January 30, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jolie J
Gatineau, Canada327 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I took the cable car to get to this place. Beware of extremely long lines for the cable car, I must have waited almost 2 hours in line. They accept credit cards for the cable car (you just scan your credit card at the end of the line before boarding). The ride itself is very shot. Nice viewpoints on top, but not a must-do. Restaurants and stores at the top as well.
Written April 16, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Naylan A
Türkiye43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
This is my second time to Pierre Lotti. I absolutely love the view. You must take the teleferik to reach this point and it is worth it. Sit somewhere for coffee and enjoy the view. There are also a few places to grab something to eat and walk around.
Written November 11, 2022
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Naresh Kumar
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
A nice and picturesque hilly place of Istanbul. One should visit this place if you are in Istanbul. Cable car (using Istanbulkart) takes you to the hill where you can enjoy snacks and coffee. The view is magnificent
Written June 9, 2022
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA7,351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We took a taxi to this area. Its located atop a hill. We enjoyed the views. There is a graveyard around this area. There is also a cafe. We took the stairs down qnd used the metro pass to take the cable car downhill. It was a fun time. Once you reach down you have to find a mode of transport. It took us time to find a taxi.
Written July 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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