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Top Choice Museum in Gaziantep

Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum

This modern museum showcases superb mosaics unearthed at the Roman site of Belkıs-Zeugma before the Birecik Dam flooded most of the site forever. The second floor has excellent views of virtually complete floor mosa…
Fortress in Gaziantep


Thought to have been constructed by the Romans, the citadel was restored by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, and rebuilt extensively by the Seljuks in the 12th and 13th centuries. The interior of the castle …
Top Choice Kebap in Gaziantep


Lauded as home of the city's finest kebaps, Şirvan is definitely worth the short taxi ride from central Antep for seasonal specialties such as kebaps with keme mantari (local truffles), or Malta eriği (loquats). Zin…
Top Choice Bakery in Gaziantep


Renowned as the city's finest pastane (patisserie), Orkide also serves the best brunch (TL30) in town. Look forward to katmer, local cheeses, jams, honey and salads, all partnered with warm and fluffy flatbread. Tur…
Top Choice Cafe in Gaziantep

Papirüs Cafeteria

A student crowd gathers in this historic Armenian mansion off Atatürk Bulvarı; you'll find them swapping phone numbers in the leafy courtyard. Don't miss the historic, delicately faded frescoes upstairs.
Museum in Gaziantep

Hasan Süzer Ethnography Museum

This restored 200-year-old stone house features a central hayat (courtyard) patterned with light and dark stones. Rooms on the ground floor were for service; those on the 1st floor made up the selamlık (quarters for…
Turkish in Gaziantep

İmam Çağdaş

The Çağdaş family's pistachio baklava is delivered daily to customers throughout Turkey. The secret of their success is fresh, carefully chosen ingredients; also good are the creamy, chargrilled aubergine flavours o…
Bakery in Gaziantep

Katmerci Murat

The best entertainment of your day could be watching the graceful actions of Murat's head pastry chef as he transforms a compact ball of dough into a plate of gossamer-light katmer, a delicious baked confection comb…
Anatolian in Gaziantep

Yörem Mutfağı

Good value homestyle lunches are a pick-and-point affair – the dishes change daily – and dinner is more formal with a wider range. Look for the AK Parti sign on the street skirting the northern edge of the Atatürk K…
Tea Garden in Gaziantep

Tütün Hanı

In the restored Tütün Hanı, this teahouse is a great place for tea and nargile. Turkish tourists love the rugs, low wooden tables and cushions, and there's live music from 7.30pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday night…