Top things to do in Malatya

Top Choice Cafe in Malatya

Hanzade

A restored 19th-century mansion with an airy, garden-like courtyard and wooden upper gallery, Hanzade is a fine, relaxed spot to pass an hour or two. It serves good cakes, breakfasts and light meals including meneme…
Top Choice Anatolian in Malatya

Hacı Baba Et Lokantası

This long-standing favourite does a lot of good grills and kebaps but is especially famed for its kuzu tandır kebabı, a plate of wonderfully tender slow-roasted lamb. The natural ayran (yoghurt drink), drunk from a …
Top Choice Market in Malatya

Bazaar

Malatya's vibrant city-centre market sprawls north from Halep Caddesi. Especially fascinating is the lively metalworking section. Don't leave without spending some time (and sampling the wares) at the Apricot Market…
Turkish in Malatya

Nar Çiçeği

Check-hatted chefs prepare top-notch grills, döners and pide (Turkish-style pizza) in an open kitchen. The dishes are rapidly served up by a large, enthusiastic team of white-shirted waiters. There's outside seating…
Archaeological Site in Malatya

Arslantepe Höyüğü

If you have an interest in Anatolian archaeology you'll enjoy the Arslantepe (or Aslantepe) Höyüğü at Orduzu village, 5km northeast of Malatya. Over 30m high and 200m long, this oval-shaped mound is composed of mult…
Cafe in Malatya

Nostalji

This squeaky-boarded, 19th-century Malatya mansion is packed with memorabilia. Soak up the cool karma in either of two spacious, airy main rooms (note that men are only allowed upstairs if accompanying women) while …
Market in Malatya

Apricot Market

The Malatya area produces about two-thirds of the world's dried apricots and you'll find them in every imaginable degree of desiccation, as well as apricot jam and apricot cosmetics, in the Apricot Market (kayısı pa…
Museum in Malatya

Malatya Museum

Malatya's museum has a big collection of finds from Aslantepe, with excellent explanatory panels about the site in English, Italian and Turkish. Also here are artefacts from archaeological sites now submerged beneat…
Museum in Malatya

Ethnographic Museum

English-language information brings alive this showcase of jewellery, textiles and fearsome old weapons as well as a re-creation of a traditional Malatyan house with very lifelike figures. It's housed in a group of …
Cafe in Malatya

Taşkent

One of the busier spots along Şehit Hamit Fendoğlu Caddesi, Taşkent cafe offers a laid-back atmosphere with excellent mantı (Turkish ravioli), a menu full of nargile (water pipe) flavours, and the after-dark attenti…