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Top Choice Market in İzmir

Kemeraltı Market

A labyrinthine bazaar stretching from Konak Sq through to the ancient Agora, Kemeraltı dates back to the 17th century and is home to shops, eateries, artisans' workshops, mosques, coffeehouses, tea gardens and synag…
Top Choice Museum in İzmir

İzmir Museum of History & Art

This museum is overlooked by many visitors to the city, who do themselves a great disservice in the process. Spread over three pavilions, it is one of the richest repositories of ancient artefacts in the country and…
Top Choice Waterfront in İzmir

Kordon

It’s difficult to imagine life in İzmir without its iconic seafront kordon (promenade), which stretches north from Cumhuriyet Meydanı to Alsancak and south from Konak Pier to Konak Meydanı. A triumph of urban renewa…
Top Choice Cafe in İzmir

Léone

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 Turkish in İzmir

Ayşa

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 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 Ruins in İzmir

Agora

Dating from the end of the 4th century BC, Smyrna's ancient agora was ruined in an earthquake in AD 178 but soon rebuilt by order of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. The reconstructed Corinthian colonnade and Faus…
Festival in İzmir

International İzmir Festival

Usually held in early summer, this annual festival is organised by the İzmir Foundation for Culture, Arts and Education (İKSEV) and focuses on classical music. Venues include the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi (AA…
Music in İzmir

İzmir European Jazz Festival

Held in March each year, this popular festival is organised by the Izmir Foundation for Culture, Arts and Education (İKSEV), and hosts a high-profile lineup of European and local jazz performers. Venues include the …
Church in İzmir

Church of St Polycarp

Built in the early 17th century, this Catholic church is the oldest still-functioning Christian house of worship in the city. Its survival during the 1922 fire, which razed all neighbouring buildings to the ground, …