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Top Choice Fortress in Kars

Kars Castle

Records show that Saltuk Turks built a fortress on this hill above a bend in the Kars River in 1153. It was demolished by the Central Asian conqueror Tamerlane (Timur) in 1386 and rebuilt several times over the foll…
Top Choice Anatolian in Kars

Sini Ev

This unassuming and friendly establishment, slightly away from the centre, is more than worth the short trip for its delicious home-style local dishes. Options range from fresh daily soups (such as sorrel, lentil or…
Top Choice Turkish in Kars

Ocakbaşı Restoran

This classy 40-year-old favourite with a large upstairs dining room serves tasty and unusual regional and Turkish dishes, such as its speciality alinazik (aubergine [eggplant] purée with yoghurt and ground köfte; yo…
Anatolian in Kars

Hanımeli Kars Mutfağı

With a rustic, country-kitchen vibe, Hanımeli specialises in home-style cooking influenced by the broader Caucasian region. Dishes include Revan köfte (Armenian-style steamed meatballs), a silky-smooth pasta soup ca…
Anatolian in Kars

Çeşni Ev Yemekleri

This friendly cafe, right in the centre of town, is a good place to head when you're grilled out. The small menu of village-cooking favourites dishes up excellent mantı (Turkish ravioli) and a decent karnıyarık (stu…
Cafe in Kars

Pasha Cafe

The favoured spot of Kars' fashionable under-35s, Pasha has lively staff, a great glass-fronted upstairs gallery, and a buzzıng atmosphere from morning till night, especially when there's live Turkish pop (from 7pm)…
Cafe in Kars

Anatolia Cafe

The Anatolia has a calm, relaxed, spacious atmosphere and a lovely location in a riverside park. It's great for everything from tempting cakes and desserts to cheese toasties, filter coffee, pizza, köfte (meatballs)…
Museum in Kars

Kars Museum

Northeast of the centre, just off the road to Ani, the city museum has archaeological exhibits from the early Bronze Age (including some from the Ani area, showing how far back settlement there stretched), the Urart…
Museum in Kars

Kars Culture & Art Association

Local historian Vedat Akçayöz's paint shop (its sign says Yeni Akçay Kollektif Şirketi) doubles as a small library and museum about the Molokan and Doukhobor Spiritual Christian sects (his grandmother was a Molokan)…
Mosque in Kars

Kümbet Camii

Below Kars Castle, the imposing, basalt Kümbet Camii was built as a church between 932 and 937 when Kars was (briefly) capital of the Bagratuni kingdom of Armenia. Reliefs of the 12 apostles adorn the drum beneath t…