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Wallabies Aquaduct Restaurant

This hotel-restaurant spills out onto the square beneath the aqueduct, guaranteeing atmospheric summer dining at almost 36 tables. The traditional Anatolian fare is complemented by more international offerings, incl…
Museum in Selçuk

Ephesus Museum

An essential stop on every Ephesus itinerary, this small museum contains artefacts from the ancient city, including scales, jewellery and cosmetic boxes as well as coins, funerary goods and ancient statuary. Highlig…
Church in Selçuk

Basilica of St John

Despite a century of restoration, the once-great basilica built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian (r 527–565) remains a skeleton of its former self. Nonetheless, it is an atmospheric site with excellent hilltop views, …
Live Music in Selçuk

Pink Bistro Cafe

The oldest drinking establishment in Selçuk, Pink calls itself a bistro-cafe, looks like a pub, but functions as a bar-cum-nightclub. Live music at 8pm on Friday and Saturday.
Bar in Selçuk


Destina's little front garden overlooking the greenery around the Temple of Artemis is perfect for a late-afternoon çay or sunset beer.
Fortress in Selçuk

Ayasuluk Fortress

Selçuk’s crowning achievement is accessed on the same ticket as the Basilica of St John, once the citadel's principal structure. Earlier and extensive excavations here, concluded in 1998 after a quarter century, pro…
Mosque in Selçuk

İsa Bey Camii

At the southern base of Ayasuluk Hill, this imposing mosque was built in a post-Seljuk/pre-Ottoman transitional style, when Selçuk was capital of the Aydın Emirate. An inscription in Arabic above the main entrance s…
Turkish in Selçuk

Ejder Restaurant

Next to the aqueduct, this outdoor restaurant on a pedestrianised walkway is good for lunch on a sunny day, with lots of choices including the generous tavuk şiş (roast skewered chicken). The kind owners, Mehmet, Ra…
Turkish in Selçuk

Tat Restaurant

Touristy Tat's food won't set the world on fire – although the güveç (stew) and other fiercely sizzling dishes could start a blaze. But it is a pleasant spot with seating on a pedestrianised walkway. Multilingual wa…
Chinese in Selçuk

Boomerang Garden Restaurant

If you really can't last another day without a fix of rice and noodle and sweet-and-sour whatever, head for this delightful courtyard restaurant (and bar) that boasts its own Chinese cook. But don't limit yourself, …