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Top Choice Cafe in Amasra

Lutfiye

The flashy central chandelier initially makes it appear over the top, but this classy little cafe serves decent coffee, snacks and breakfast to a chilled-out soundtrack. It also sells marmalade, nut-studded lokum (T…
Top Choice Seafood in Amasra

Mustafa Amca'nin Yeri

In situ here since 1945, 'Uncle Mustafa's Place' is unmissable – a pebble-and-timber 'chalet' facade giving way to a marine theme, complete with squawking parrot, within. Locals recommend it for its excellent canlı …
Castle in Amasra

Amasra Castle

A mixed Roman/Byzantine/Genoese effort, Amasra's citadel occupies the two districts straddling the promontory that commands access to the harbour: Boztepe and Zindan. Reached through three massive gateways from Küçü…
Turkish in Amasra

Amasra Sofrası

On a quiet square just west of Büyük Liman, this friendly grill house and lokanta has al fresco tables with good views of the street life. Come dinner time it's usually bustling with locals enjoying the many vegetab…
Seafood in Amasra

Balıkçının Yeri

An inviting open facade trimmed with world-flag bunting makes 'Fisherman's Place' stand out from a row of cheaper seafood restaurants lining the northern edge of Büyük Liman. Barbun (red mullet), levrek (sea bass) a…
Cafe in Amasra

Hamam Cafe

In what was an Ottoman-era hamam on the big harbour, this easy-going cafe is perfect for sipping tea and playing backgammon among colourful lights on the disused göbek taşı (heated central 'navel stone'). The peynir…
Seafood in Amasra

Mavi Yeşil

Smart black-and-red furnishings fill the open 1st-floor dining room of the 'Blue Green', which overlooks the Upper Beach (Plaj Üstü). As well as the day's catch it serves calamari (not from the Black Sea) and köfte.…
Pub in Amasra

Cafe 'N Bistro

This wood-fronted multistorey corner bar is male-dominated inside, but its outside tables are ideal for watching the evening roll in. At the Little Harbour end of the bazaar, it serves snacks such as börek (filled p…
Tea Garden in Amasra

Ağlayan Ağaç Çay Bahçesi

To find the whimsically named 'Weeping Tree Tea Garden', follow the signs up through the castle precincts into Boztepe. Once there, take your time sipping çay on the clifftop overlooking 'Rabbit Island' and its popu…
Museum in Amasra

Amasra Museum

This excellent museum occupies a 19th-century naval school at the southern end of Küçük Liman. Four rooms of exhibits – from coins to carpets across the Roman, Byzantine, Hellenistic and Ottoman periods – showcase A…