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Top Choice Seafood in Bodrum Town


Often cited as one of Turkey's best fish restaurants, this restaurant next door to the landmark Zeki Müren Art Museum, named after one of Turkey's greatest singers, serves delectable seafood such as oysters with par…
Top Choice Seafood in Bodrum Town


Though a bit cramped and inland, this distressed-looking place, with whitewashed tables and pastel-coloured walls, is one of our favourite seafood restaurants in Bodrum. Serving octopus, calamari, sea bass et al (as…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Bodrum Town

Dada Salon

Occupying an old sponge warehouse, this bohemian speakeasy is owned by Okan Bayulgen, a well-known TV, film and theatre actor. An intimate venue for cabaret, theatre and live-music acts, it occupies three floors and…
Top Choice Castle in Bodrum Town

Bodrum Castle

There are splendid views from the battlements of Bodrum's magnificent castle, built by the Knights Hospitaller in the early 15th century and dedicated to St Peter. In recent years it has housed the Museum of Underwa…
Spanish in Bodrum Town

La Pasión

For something different, head for this refined Spanish tapas bar and restaurant down a cobbled side street for tapas, excellent paella (₺80 to ₺100 for two) or pasta. The restaurant occupies an old Greek stone house…
Live Music in Bodrum Town

Kule Rock City

This rock bar and club is grungy by Bodrum's standards, although there are still plenty of beautiful people on the outside decking. Two-for-one drink promotions are sometimes offered. There are great old motorbikes …
Kebap in Bodrum Town

Tepecik Döner

Across from the eponymous mosque, this favourite hole-in-the-wall does tasty kebaps on homemade bread, including the İskender (döner lamb on a bed of pide, topped with hot tomato sauce, melted butter and yoghurt) va…
Club in Bodrum Town

White House

This doyenne of Bodrum's party scene, approaching its third decade, has beachfront chill-out rattan sofas, a dance floor pumping with house music and blissed-out tourists.
Museum in Bodrum Town

Bodrum Maritime Museum

This small but well-formed museum spread over two floors examines Bodrum's maritime past through finely crafted scale models of boats and an excellent video on traditional 'Bodrum-type’ boat building. Much is made o…
Ruins in Bodrum Town

Ottoman Shipyard

The restored Ottoman shipyard stands just above the marina. In 1770 Russia destroyed the entire Ottoman fleet at Çeşme; rebuilding it took place in boatyards such as this one. It was fortified against pirate attacks…