Top ChoiceSeafood in Sinop

Okyanus Balık Evi

Above the co-owned family fishmonger, the 'Ocean Fish House' is quite possibly the best fish restaurant on the Black Sea coast (for flavour not for decor). As well as grilled or fried whole fish, a superb option...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Sinop

Kahveçi Baba

The very atmospheric traditional coffeehouse in the rear section of the Pervane Medresesi is a fine place for soft drinks and nargile at any time of year. But from September to May the big attraction is the...

Fortress in Sinop

Sinop Fortress

Giving definition to much of central Sinop are the very hefty remnants of stone walls. With origins dating back four millennia, these once ran 3km, impregnably ringing the whole city. Several towers still stand,...

Museum in Sinop

Sinop Archaeological Museum

Highlights of this excellent museum include the fabulous Meydankapı mosaic from the 4th century AD, depicting the four seasons and seven muses; a marble statue of lions savaging a deer from the 4th century BC;...

Arts & Crafts in Sinop

Pervane Medresesi

Opposite the fine Alaadin Mosque is a beautifully restored 1262 madrassa building that now contains a brilliant coffee-house, family restaurant and a series of craft shops, selling new and antique embroidered...

Barbecue in Sinop


In a restored (well, rebuilt) traditionally styled house among several older buildings, Çınarbey is a favourite for barbecues and regional foods including Sinop mantısı (local white-sauce ravioli). What really...

Historic Building in Sinop

Tarihi Sinop Cezaevi

This once infamous prison (1887 to 1997) incarcerated many famous Turkish writers. Though the extensive site has little in English, the grim, bare blocks and unlit solitary 'punishment' cells are the archetype of...

Anatolian in Sinop

Sinop Sofrası

This place is hard to beat for really genuine Sinop-style home cooking (manti, dolmas, local breakfasts), though the hushed, whitewashed interior fails to fully capitalise on its fine setting within an arched...

Bar in Sinop

Burç Café

Atop Sinop Fortress's best-located tower, this atmospheric spot is unbeatable for views down onto the harbour – though it's a better option for dry days.

Mosque in Sinop

Alaaddin Camii

Entered from the north through a delightful oasis of a garden-yard, this historic mosque was first constructed for Süleyman Pervane in 1267. The local Candaroğlu emir added the marble mihrab (direction-niche).

Seafood in Sinop

Saray Restaurant

Saray is widely reckoned the top choice of a trio of fish restaurants that all have seating that stretches onto platforms over the waters of the harbour. Excellent mezes too.

Monument in Sinop

Atatürk Statue

The familiar figure holds a top hat in one hand and waves with the other. He has pride of place in Barış Manço Parkı, a marble-paved park of tree-shaded cafe tables backed by a curious pavilion with little...

Barbecue in Sinop

Sahil Ocakbaşi

Bring a dictionary and a little courage to squeeze in with the locals around the single barbecue table in this utterly old-school, hole-in-the-wall grill house.

Bar in Sinop

Chilin' Pub

The bar itself is just a mustard-yellow box but there is accoustic live music at 9pm daily and seating that spills out onto the harbourside, so you can sip your drinks while watching the boats.

Kebap in Sinop

Antep Sofrası

Genial, English-speaking owner Erol ushers diners into Antep's split-level avocado-green dining rooms for kebaps and pide. It's a reliable, family-friendly option.

Statue in Sinop

Statue of Diogenes the Cynic

Whitewashed and holding the 'lamp of reason', a statue of the Sinop-born Greek philosopher Diogenes (412 to 323 BC) stands with his dog on a barrel in a car park backed by a castle tower. He'd have loved the...

Memorial in Sinop

Şehitler Çeşmesi

Secreted away near the harbour, next to the Hacı Ömer Camii (1903), the poignant Martyrs' Fountain commemorates the Turkish soldiers who died in the surprise Russian attack of 1853. It was built using money...

Memorial in Sinop

Sinop Martyrs' Monument

This monument, flanked by canons and anchors, contains the remains of sailors killed in the Crimean War. It's in the gardens of the museum, which are dotted with weathered archaeological gems.

Pub in Sinop


Tucked behind a co-owned restaurant in an alley leading back from the harbour, this timber-ceilinged pub serves some of the most inexpensive beers in the harbour area (from ₺13).

Notable Building in Sinop


Sinop's municipal building is a forgettable 20th century tower, but directly to the south is a contrastingly attractive police station built in 'Baghdad-Oriental' style in 1923.