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Top Choice Architecture in Safranbolu

Çarşı

The real joy of Safranbolu is simply wandering the cobblestone alleys. Everywhere you look in Çarşı is a feast for the eyes. Virtually every house in the neighbourhood is an original, and what little modern developm…
Top Choice Anatolian in Safranbolu

Atış Cafe

Safranbolu has cute cafes dishing up regional cuisine aplenty but Atış is our favourite for its genuinely friendly management and solid home-style cooking. Dig into local dishes of peruhi (pasta parcels drenched in …
Market in Safranbolu

Yemeniciler Arastası

The restored Yemeniciler Arastası is the best place to start looking for crafts, although the makers of the light, flat-heeled shoes who used to work here have long since moved out. The cubbyhole stores here are mos…
Museum in Safranbolu

Kaymakamlar Müze Evi

This typical Safranbolu home has all the classic features of Ottoman houses. Once owned by a lieutenant colonel, it still feels like an address of note as you climb the stairs looking up to the wooden ceiling decora…
Market in Safranbolu

Demirciler Arastası

You'll hear the clang of hammers before you get here. This fascinating area is where the traditional metalworkers of Safranbolu still ply their trade and you can see them at work shaping farm implements and househol…
Cafe in Safranbolu

Imren Nostalji Cafe & Lokumları

We've eaten a lot of börek in our time but the su böreği (lasagne-like layered pastry laced with white cheese and parsley) we had here was some of the best we've ever tasted. For a naughty treat, have some of their …
Nargile Cafe in Safranbolu

Çızgi Cafe

The prime people-watching territory is the cushioned benches out in the alleyway or head inside to cosy up in one of the intimate cubby-hole dining areas. There's a small menu of local dishes such as cevizli yayım (…
Arts & Crafts in Safranbolu

Safranbolu Tasarım Design

For something completely different, this shop sponsored by the belediye (local council) supports local craftspeople and artisans. There's a small but interesting collection of items (mostly art prints and ceramics) …
Film in Safranbolu

International Golden Saffron Documentary Film Festival

This three-day festival of both Turkish and foreign documentary films sees the Cinci Hanı, and other historical buildings, turned into sites for film screenings and talks. A slew of other cultural events, including …
Modern Turkish in Safranbolu

Taşev

This is Safranbolu's bona fide contemporary dining option and it delivers with thick steaks and creamy pasta dishes. The Turkish cheese platter is a must for cheese lovers. Service is warm and they'll helpfully expl…