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Top Choice Museum in Antakya

Hatay Archaeology Museum

This museum contains one of the world's finest collections of Roman and Byzantine mosaics, covering a period from the 1st century AD to the 5th century. Many were recovered almost intact from Tarsus or Harbiye (Daph…
Top Choice Anatolian in Antakya

Hatay Sultan Sofrası

Antakya's premier spot for affordable tasty meals, this bustling place is just the ticket to dive into Hatay's fusion of Middle Eastern and Turkish cuisine. The articulate manager loves to guide diners through the m…
Top Choice Kebap in Antakya

Çağlayan Restaurant

Döner kebap places may be a dime a dozen on Hürriyet Caddesi, but Çağlayan's dürüm are in a league of their own – spectacularly tasty and so packed full of goodies that one is a feast all by itself. Make sure to ord…
Church in Antakya

Church of St Peter

This early Christian church cut into the slopes of Mt Staurin (Mountain of the Cross) is thought to be the earliest place where the newly converted met and prayed secretly. Both Peter and Paul lived in Antioch for a…
Historic Site in Antakya

Old Town

The squiggle of lanes between Kurtuluş Caddesi and Hurriyet Caddesi is an atmospheric huddle of Antakya's remaining old houses, with carved lintels, wooden overhangs and hidden courtyards within the compounds. Sligh…
Turkish in Antakya

Anadolu Restaurant

Popular with families, the local glitterati and the expense-account brigade, Antakya's culinary hotspot serves a long list of fine mezes on gold-coloured tablecloths in a splendid al fresco garden where the palm tre…
Juice Bar in Antakya

Antakya Vitamin Bar

Need a vitamin injection after some hard travelling? This friendly place, lined with photos of famous clientele, is the spot for freshly squeezed juices or an 'atom shake' (₺7), a regional speciality of banana, pist…
Anatolian in Antakya

Antakya Evi

This restaurant is located in an old villa decorated with photos and antique furniture. There are loads of spicy Hatay specialities, local mezes (₺9) and robust grills. Look forward to live Turkish folk music on Fri…
Mosque in Antakya

Habibi Neccar Camii

This, the oldest mosque in Turkey, dates in part to the 7th century AD. Habibi Najjar was an early Islamic martyr; his body is thought to lie in the mausoleum here.
Bar in Antakya

Barudi Bar

The Barudi Bar is one of Antakya's most happening hang-outs, with its hideaway inner courtyard, decent range of imported beers and impressive list of cocktails.