Restaurants

Top Choice Anatolian in Kayseri

Alamet-i Farika

The interior is all European-style elegance, but the food is top-notch Anatolian. Tuck into the mantı (Turkish ravioli), devour the meaty speciality çentik kebap (grilled meat served atop potatoes with a yoghurt and…
Top Choice Anatolian in Ayvalı

Cappadocia Home Cooking

Tolga and his family have swung open the doors to their home – surrounded by their organic garden and overlooking Ayvalı's deep gorge – to offer a taste of true home-style Cappadocian cooking. They offer meals and h…
Top Choice Modern Turkish in Ürgüp

Ziggy Cafe

This tribute to the adored pet dog of charismatic host Selim is a luscious success. The two-tiered terrace fills day and night with a hip clientele enjoying strong cocktails while feasting on the finest meze menu in…
Top Choice Anatolian in Göreme

Topdeck Cave Restaurant

If it feels as though you're dining in a family home, it's because you are. Talented chef Mustafa (aka Topdeck) and his gracious clan have transformed an atmospheric cave room in their house into a cosy restaurant w…
Top Choice Anatolian in Uçhisar

Saklı Konak

We can think of no better place for a tastebud tour of village food than this cosy restaurant, where owner Rıza takes time to explain the small menu to you, dishes are cooked by local ladies traditionally in the tan…
Top Choice Anatolian in Avanos

Hanım Eli

This modest diner serves wholesome local dishes packed full of fresh, local flavour. This is home-style cooking executed brilliantly and without any pretentious flourish. The mantı (Turkish ravioli) we had here was …
Turkish in Soğanlı

Hidden Apple Garden

Head down the stairs beside Soğanlı ticket office to find this tranquil garden where Yılmaz Ablak and his family serve hearty meals full of rustic flavour. We could spend all day eating his wife's acılı ezme (spicy …
Modern Turkish in Göreme

Seten Restaurant

Brimming with an artful Anatolian aesthetic, Seten is a feast for the eye as well as for the stomach. Named after the old millstones used to grind bulgur wheat, this restaurant is an education for newcomers to Turki…
Kebap in Avanos

Dayının Yeri

Locals grumble that it's not as cheap as it used to be, but this modern grill restaurant is one of Cappadocia's best. Steer clear of the meze and it's still decent value, too. Don't leave without sampling the künefe…
Turkish in Göreme

Nazar Börek

Head here for gözleme (savoury pancake) and sosyete böregi (stuffed spiral pastries served with yoghurt and tomato sauce) served by friendly Rafik and his team. Dessert fans should also pull in to taste Turkey's wac…