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Top ChoiceMuseum in Tokat

Tokat Museum

Tokat's impressive museum is housed within the beautifully restored Arastalı Bedesten (covered market). The collection packs in intricately decorated Bronze Age and Hittite artefacts, Phrygian ceramics, Hellenic...

Top ChoiceMosque in Tokat

Ulu Cami

Tokat's historic neighbourhood of slouching Ottoman houses, nestled at the foot of the castle hill, hides this gem of a mosque with floral motifs crawling up the arched stone columns and a colourful painted...

Top ChoiceTurkish in Tokat

Chef Un's Çi Börek – Mantı

With its blue-and-white decor, Chef Un's has a vibe more Turkish Med than Anatolian heartland. And you know the mantı (Turkish ravioli) has got to be good when Turks are crammed in at lunchtime slurping down...

Museum in Tokat

Mevlevihane

Turn left on GOP Bulvarı just before Latifoğlu Konağı and cross the canal to get to this restored dervish lodge with its museum to all things dervish, built in 1613 by Muslu Ağa, vizier to Sultan Ahmet I (r...

Historic Building in Tokat

Yağıbasan Medresesi

This spectacular medrese (seminary) across the road from Tokat Museum was built in 1152 and was one of Anatolia's first open-domed medreses. Although the years-long restoration of the building had finally been...

Cafe in Tokat

Divan Cafe

The shady courtyard cafe of the Taş Han is simply the most atmospheric place in town to take a break with a cold drink, Türk kahvesi (Turkish coffee) or çay. Everyone flocks here, from suited business people on...

Cafe in Tokat

Konak Café

This friendly cafe has multilevel outdoor shaded seating to lounge on after stomping all those historic streets. The menu does the usual köftes and kebaps, but it's a great place to just chill out with a juice or...

Historic Building in Tokat

Taş Han

The 17th-century Taş Han is an Ottoman caravanserai and workshop. The shops within its arched arcades sell a mixture of hand-painted yazmas (headscarves) and other textiles, copper ware and knick-knacks. The...

Turkish in Tokat

Plevne Restaurant

We've eaten a lot of pide (Turkish-style pizza) in our time and we'll stick our neck out to say Plevne dishes up some of the best in Turkey. Order the karaşık (mixed toppings) for a supreme feast. Service is...

Cafe in Tokat

Cadde

This cafe hums with students and young professionals who come here to slouch on the comfy sofas and gossip over umpteen glasses of çay or grab a cheap lunch or dinner. There's always set menu specials such as...

Kebab in Tokat

Ocakbaşı Mis Kebap

Ask a local where the best tokat kebaps (garlicky lamb, potato and eggplant kebap), and pretty much any other kind of kebap, can be found and there's a good chance they'll send you to this bustling restaurant....

Mosque in Tokat

Ali Paşa Cami

Classically Ottoman in architecture, Tokat's Ali Paşa Cami has been finely restored with its vast prayer hall under a grand central dome. It was built between 1566 and 1572. The mosque is just off GOP Bulvarı,...

Tomb in Tokat

Ali Tusi Türbesi

Walking up Sulusokak from GOP Bulvarı, you'll see the tiny Ali Tusi Türbesi on the right. This red-brick Seljuk tomb dates from 1233 and incorporates some fine blue tile work.

Historic Building in Tokat

Gök Medrese

Constructed after the fall of the Seljuks and the coming of the Mongols by local potentate Pervane Muhinedin Süleyman, the 13th-century Gök Medrese has also served as a hospital and a school.Very few of the...

Museum in Tokat

Tokat City Museum

Opened in 2019, this small museum, directly opposite Tokat Museum, focuses on the history of the city. Unfortunately there are no English explanations provided for the ethnographic displays, which include a...

Historic Building in Tokat

Sulu Han

Unfortunately locked on our last visit, the brick-and-wood Sulu Han is very dilapidated but is worth a peek inside if it's open to see its turquoise and white painted interior. This 17th-century Ottoman...

Castle in Tokat

Tokat Castle

Tokat's 5th-century castle was restored during the Seljuk and Ottoman eras but little remains today except the fine view. To get here, take the road beside the Sümbül Baba Türbesi; it's about a 1km walk uphill....

Historic Building in Tokat

Latifoğlu Konağı

Two blocks south of Cumhuriyet Meydanı, the 19th-century Latifoğlu Konağı is a fine example of baroque architecture in the Ottoman style. The rooms have been restored to their former finery with elaborately...

Historic Building in Tokat

Deveciler Hanı

The enormous 16th-century Ottoman Deveciler Hanı is one of Tokat's finest caravanserais. A long restoration of the building has finished and although its interior rooms are being used by Tokat University, if the...

Historic Building in Tokat

Gülbahar Hatun İmareti

Past the fruit-and-vegetable market's squiggle of streets, directly across from the Taş Han, is the Meydan Cami and vaulted Gülbahar Hatun İmareti dating from 1485 and the reign of Sultan Beyazıt II.