Fish Market

restaurants / Seafood

Fish Market information

Bodrum , Turkey
off Cevat Şakir Caddesi
Opening hours
dinner Mon-Sat
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Bodrum's fish market (sometimes called 'manavlar' for the fruit stands at the entrance to this small network of back alleys) offers a unique sort of direct dining: you choose between myriad fresh fish and seafood on ice at fishmongers' tables and, having paid there, have them cooked at any adjoining restaurant for about ₺10.

If in doubt, waiters can help you decide – options run from top-end catches to cheaper farm fish. It should cost about ₺10 for enough farmed sea bass or bream for one, but few fishmongers will go that low and many will try to sell you a whole kilo (₺25). Sea fish costs from about ₺70 per kilo, so here and in all seafood restaurants, if you pay less than about ₺25 for a portion then you may be eating something that is not fresh or is from a farm.

The plain restaurants spill across the small streets, which get incredibly crowded and have zero atmosphere, save maybe for the people-watching. If indecisive, pick the busiest-looking place – locals are fiercely loyal to their favourites.