Restaurants

Top Choice Turkish in Trabzon

Kalender

This welcoming cafe-restaurant, just south of the museum, has a cosmopolitan vibe. It's perfect for a post-museum coffee and brunch of menemen (scrambled eggs with peppers and tomatoes) or kuymak (Trabzon 'polenta')…
Top Choice Seafood in Sinop

Okyanus Balık Evi

Possibly the best fish restaurant on the Black Sea coast, the 'Ocean Fish House' is run by Mert Kanal, whose grandfather founded the fishmonger on the ground floor. Expect fresher than fresh and only in season, plus…
Top Choice Cafe in Giresun

Bahçe Cafe

Just up an alley off Gazi Caddesi, 'Garden Cafe' gets its name from the walled and flower-strewn courtyard that is its main attraction. With an apricot-washed stone Ottoman house as its centrepiece, it's a delightfu…
Top Choice Turkish in Ünye

Sofra Osmanli Mutfagi

Sofra occupies a lovely stone house with a terrace facing the coast road, just a couple of blocks east of the main square. Wildly popular at lunch, it's presided over by briskly efficient, bow-tied waiters serving p…
Top Choice Seafood in Samsun

Pamuk Kardeşler Balık Restaurant

A trinity of seafood restaurants line the marina near the cable car in Batıpark and this licensed one is far and away the best. Try the hamsi sis (barbecued anchovy), followed by the barbun (red mullet). Reach it on…
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 …
Top Choice Turkish in Black Sea Coast

Kayadibi Saklıbahçe

This 'Hidden Garden' restaurant with great views in Maçka wins hands down for offering the best Black Sea dishes in the region, including polenta-like cheesy kuymak, etli karalahana sarması (mince-stuffed collard le…
Top Choice Turkish in Trabzon

Vosporos

This popular wood-bedecked courtyard cafe – two floors up a shopping centre off Uzun Sokak and plastered with murals of Sumela, the Atatürk Mansion and other local sights – has very good food. Try the pencil-thin st…
Fish in Trabzon

Cemilusta

The original of a growing franchise, this spot is favoured by Trabzon's families for its fish and köfte house specialties, and plum views of the meydan (square). Try the local köfte from Akçaabat, eaten with peppers…
Turkish in Giresun

Deniz Lokantası

Overlooking the central square and, beyond that, the waterfront and big ships, this popular no-frills cafeteria has been churning out good-value meals since 1953. Expect a short wait at lunchtime, but the food's wor…