Restaurants

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 Seafood in Kahta

Neşet'in Yeri

The leafy terrace of this whitewashed restaurant is soothingly positioned right by the Atatürk Barajı – perfect for tucking into a faultless grilled alabalık (trout), served with hot bread, rice, grilled peppers, to…
Top Choice Kebap in Gaziantep

Şirvan

Lauded as home of the city's finest kebaps, Şirvan is definitely worth the short taxi ride from central Antep for seasonal specialties such as kebaps with keme mantari (local truffles), or Malta eriği (loquats). Zin…
Top Choice Cafe in Diyarbakır

Diyabakır Kahvaltı Evi

Kick off another fascinating Diyabakır day with a leisurely breakfast in the leafy courtyard of this heritage mansion. A posse of cats occasionally mooches in from nearby laneways, and there's live music with jazz, …
Top Choice Bakery in Gaziantep

Orkide

Renowned as the city's finest pastane (patisserie), Orkide also serves the best brunch (TL30) in town. Look forward to katmer, local cheeses, jams, honey and salads, all partnered with warm and fluffy flatbread. Tur…
Top Choice Anatolian in Mardin

Seyr-İ-Mardin

Translating to 'Mardin's Eye', this multi-level cafe, teahouse and restaurant has superb views. Settle in to one of the colourful couches and feast on excellent grills or the meze tabagi (mixed meze). Look forward t…
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…
Turkish in Darende

Hasbahçe

A firm favourite on the riverside, Hasbahçe offers grills, pide, lahmacun (Arabic-style pizza) and tasty sade börek (like mini cheese-pizza rolls). The Hasbahçe cafe section next door specialises in sweet dishes inc…
Turkish in Malatya

Mangal Vadisi

Vegetarians, don't even bother reading this review: the huge mangals (barbecues) that take centre stage on the ground floor set the tone. This well-regarded restaurant has grilled meat aplenty. It's in a lane off At…