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Top Choice Anatolian in Konya

Konak Konya Mutfağı

This traditional restaurant is run by well-known food writer Nevin Halıcı, who puts her personal twist on Turkish classics. Grab an outside table and dine beside vine-draped pillars and a fragrant rose garden. The t…
Top Choice Museum in Konya

Mevlâna Museum

For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the main reason to come to Konya is to visit the Mevlâna Museum, the former lodge of the whirling dervishes. It's Celaleddin Rumi (later known as Mevlâna) that we have to thank for…
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Tile Museum

Gorgeously restored, the interior central dome and walls of this former Seljuk theological school (1251) showcase some finely preserved blue-and-white Seljuk tilework. There is also an outstanding collection of cera…
Top Choice Anatolian in Konya


Rekindling old recipes from the Seljuk and Ottoman age, this restaurant uses the finest ingredients and cooks everything with panache. Staff are happy to advise on dishes and the setting inside a carefully restored …
Lokanta in Konya

Şifa Lokantası

Super-fast service makes this cheap and cheerful restaurant a favourite with the lunchtime crowd. The pide is filling, fresh and tasty, the kebaps are decent and there's always a couple of veg dishes on offer.
Mosque in Konya

Alaaddin Camii

Konya's most important religious building after the Mevlâna shrine, this Seljuk mosque bestrides Alaaddin Tepesi. Built for Alaeddin Keykubad I, Sultan of Rum from 1219 to 1231, the rambling 13th-century building wa…
Museum in Konya

Archaeological Museum

The rather dusty Archaeological Museum houses interesting finds from Çatalhöyük, including the skeleton of a baby girl, clutching jewellery made of stone and bone. Other artefacts range across the millennia, from Ch…
Museum in Konya

Koyunoğlu Museum

This curious museum contains the legacy of railway inspector Izzet Koyunoğlu who built up his esoteric collection of rare, er, collectables on his travels through Turkey. Our heart goes out to the tired-looking stuf…
Mosque in Konya

Sahib-i Ata Külliyesi

Behind its requisite grand entrance with built-in minaret is the Sahib-i Ata Külliyesi, originally constructed during the reign of Alaaddin Keykavus. Destroyed by fire in 1871, it was rebuilt in 13th-century style. …
Mosque in Konya

Şems-i Tebrizi Camii

An important pilgrimage place, this mosque contains the elegant 14th-century tomb of Rumi's spiritual mentor, Şems-i Tebrizi (Shams of Tabriz). It's in a park just northwest of Hükümet Meydanı.