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Top Choice Modern Turkish in Eceabat

Kilye Suvla Lokanta

Suvla's 60 hectares of certified organic vineyards are located near Kabatepe on the opposite side of the peninsula, but its winery, complete with an ultra-stylish garden restaurant, tasting room and produce store, i…
Top Choice Tapas in Tekirdağ

Umurbey Winehouse

This eatery near the oceanfront in Tekirdağ belongs to Umurbey Vineyards. Located around 800m down the hill from the bus station, the main focus of the menu is shared tapas – try the tasting plate (₺17) or the local…
Top Choice Turkish in Gökçeada

Barba Yorgo Taverna

A good time is assured at this atmospheric village restaurant overlooking vineyards and the 1780 Ayios Yioryios church. The menu includes goat stew, wonderfully tender octopus and platefuls of meze, all washed down …
Top Choice Seafood in Çanakkale

Sardalya

On the corner of the Aynalı Çarşı, this no-frills place named in honour of a plentiful local fish (sardalya means sardine) serves everything from superfresh balık ekmek (fish sandwiches) to tasty plates of midye tav…
Top Choice Tea Garden in Çanakkale

Yalı Hanı

Hidden in the wisteria-covered courtyard of a late 19th-century caravanserai is this atmospheric hybrid çay bahçesi (tea garden) and bar that doubles as a performance and film-festival venue. It's a favourite haunt …
Top Choice Cafe in Gökçeada

Mustafanın Kayfesi

Look for the free-standing bell tower of the Ayia Marina church to find this welcoming cafe, which is tucked into the adjacent garden. The village-style breakfast is delicious, and the Turkish coffee is the best on …
Top Choice Food & Drinks in Gökçeada

Ada Rüzgarı

This excellent store near the main square in Merkez sells locally produced items including artisan-made soap, olive oil, jams, honey and dibek coffee. The team speaks good English.
Mosque in Edirne

Selimiye Mosque

Designed by Ottoman architect Mimar Koca Sinan (1497–1588), whose best-known works adorn İstanbul's skyline, this exquisite World Heritage–listed mosque is Edirne's most cherished building. Built between 1569 and 15…
Archaeological Site in Troy

Ruins of Troy

If you come to Troy expecting a rebuilt ancient city along the lines of Ephesus, you'll be disappointed. The site resembles an overgrown archaeological dig and it's very difficult to imagine what the ancient city wo…
Mosque in Büyükçekmece

Sancaklar Camii

Cutting-edge architects are rarely given commissions to design religious buildings in modern-day Turkey, and as a result most contemporary mosques are uninspired pastiches of Ottoman-era structures. This extraordina…