People have great opportunities for fabulous views in İstanbul. You obviously have the Bosphorous but I myself prefer the Golden Horn view. It’s more historical, much more romantic and colorful.
Golden Horn is a horn-shaped estuary which divides European İstanbul, most visitors mistake it for the Bosphorous. For me it’s one of the best natural harbors in the world, it was once the center for the Byzantine and Ottoman navies and commercial shipping interests. Today, attractive parks and promenades line the shores, a picturesque scene especially as the sun goes down over the water.
The café is located on the hill top of the Eyup district, where you can find wonderful examples of Ottoman architecture. Also Muslim pilgrims from all over the world visit Eyup Mosque and Tomb. Eyup Sultan was the Prophet Mohammed’s standard bearer, and it is a holy spot.
The area is still a popular burial place, and the hills above the mosque are dotted with modern gravestones interspersed with ornate Ottoman stones. So before climbing the hill or taking the cable you have a lot of attractions to visit. Most of the time it’s crowded and I bet you can get absolutely great photos. The Pierre Loti Cafe, atop the hill overlooking the shrine and the Golden Horn, is a wonderful place to enjoy the tranquility of the view and enjoy either Turkish Tea or coffee. This was one of the most favored locations of the famous writer and traveler Pierre Loti.