Top Choice Greek in Cunda (Alibey Island)

Lǎl Girit Mutfağı

Owner and chef Emine was taught to cook Girit (Cretan) dishes by her grandmother, and the results are simply inspired. Expect her to emerge from the kitchen to explain what's in the meze selection (there's always a …
Top Choice Aegean in Alaçatı

Asma Yapraǧı

A meal at the ‘Vine Leaf’ is an essential experience for gastronomes. Seating is in an atmospheric courtyard between April and November, and inside between December and March. Once seated, you'll wait in turn to vis…
Top Choice Sweets in İzmir

Meşhur Hisarönü Şambalicisi

Şambali are made by baking almond-studded semolina, yoghurt and sugar, then dousing the cake with sweet syrup. This famous şambalicisi, which opened in 1942, serves its version neat or layered with kaymak (clotted c…
Top Choice Cafe in İzmir


A Parisian-style divertissement in the heart of the city, this stylish cafe on Lozan Meydanı is wildly popular with Alsancak's ladies-who-lunch, who congregate at the tables on the streetside terrace. Coffee is exce…
Top Choice Lokanta in İzmir


Serving Bosnian food that is remarkably similar to Turkish home cooking, this stylish lokanta (eatery with ready-made food) in the pretty Abacıoğlu Han offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Choose from the DIY mez…
Top Choice Seafood in Çeşme


Operated by the owners of the neighbouring fish shop, this friendly balık pişiricisi (fish eatery) is Çeşme's foodie hot spot. There are six streetside tables and a few more inside, so booking ahead is sensible. Mez…
Top Choice Aegean in Bay of Edremit

Zeytin Bağı

Owner/chef Erhan Şeker is rightly proud of his hybrid restaurant, hotel and cookery school overlooking the Bay of Edremit, and he loves to introduce guests from around the globe to the joys of local Aegean produce. …
Top Choice Aegean in Cunda (Alibey Island)


We love everything about this welcoming and extremely chic eatery behind Taş Kahve at the liman (harbour). Owned by the Kürsat olive-oil mill, it offers a delicious seasonal menu featuring börek (filled pastry) stuf…
Top Choice Pide in Bergama (Pergamum)


Located on a busy corner, this ultrafriendly pidecı (pide place) is probably the most popular eatery in town, The pides (Turkish-style pizzas) are excellent – try the unusual biberli maydanozlu (green pepper and par…
Fast Food in Ayvalık

Avşar Büfe

It ain't haute cuisine (far from it), but the Ayvalık tost (Ayvalık 'toast') is famous throughout Turkey, and this is one of the many local places where you can sample it.