Top things to do in Cappadocia

Top Choice Area in Göreme

Güllüdere (Rose) Valley

The trails that loop around Güllüdere Vadısı (Rose Valley) are easily accessible to all levels of walkers and provide some of the finest fairy chimney–strewn vistas in Cappadocia. As well as this, though, they hide …
Top Choice Historic Site in Göreme

Göreme Open-Air Museum

One of Turkey's Unesco World Heritage sites, the Göreme Open-Air Museum is an essential stop on any Cappadocian itinerary and deserves a two-hour visit. First an important Byzantine monastic settlement that housed s…
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 Museum in Kayseri

Museum of Seljuk Civilisation

This excellent museum is set in the restored Çifte Medrese, a 13th-century twin hospital and seminary built at the bequest of Seljuk sultan Keyhüsrev I and his sister Gevher Nesibe Sultan. It's thought to be one of …
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 …
Top Choice Area in Ürgüp

Old Village

The back alleys of Ürgüp are home to many fine examples of the traditional stone architecture of this region, and are well worth a stroll.