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Top Choice Seafood in Samsun

Pamuk Kardeşler Balık Restaurant

A trinity of seafood restaurants line the marina near the cable car in Batıpark and this licensed one is far and away the best. Try the hamsi sis (barbecued anchovy), followed by the barbun (red mullet). Reach it on…
Archaeological Site in Samsun

Amisos Antik Kenti

The Amisos treasure in Samsun's Archaeology and Ethnography Museum was found at this hilltop site in 1995. The south tumulus has a rock-hewn tomb with two chambers; the north one contains a tomb with three linked ch…
Museum in Samsun

Archaeology & Ethnography Museum

The most striking item in this museum is the huge Romano-Byzantine mosaic found at nearby Kara Samsun (Amisos). It depicts Thetis and Achilles from the Trojan War and the four seasons alongside sea monsters and nymp…
Cafe in Samsun

Divan Pastanesi

One block east of Cumhuriyet Meydanı, this lovely patisserie is good for a morning caffeine fix, especially if the weather recommends the terrace looking onto the park. Frothy cappuccinos, baklava and börek (filled …
Museum in Samsun

Gazi Museum

One block south of Cumhuriyet Meydanı, this museum commemorates the start of the War of Independence in Samsun on 19 May 1919, and the Turkish Republic's subsequent foundation. Occupying a turn-of-the-20th-century h…
Kebap in Samsun

Gaziantep Kebap Salonu

This slice of southeast Turkey is a relaxed neighbourhood kebapçı, where couples and male groups snack on lahmacun (Arabic-style pizza) and local ayran (yoghurt drink) from nearby Tokat. Heading east on Cumhuriyet C…
Köfte in Samsun

Sıla Restaurant

Sıla, 100m east of the main square, is popular for a meaty lunch; try the chicken şiş kebap, served with fiery charred peppers. Everything is slick and switched on at this place, not least the darting waiters – arti…