Top Choice Turkish in Trabzon


This welcoming cafe-restaurant, just south of the museum, has a cosmopolitan vibe. It's perfect for a post-museum coffee and brunch of menemen (scrambled eggs with peppers and tomatoes) or kuymak (Trabzon 'polenta')…
Top Choice Turkish in Trabzon


This popular wood-bedecked courtyard cafe – two floors up a shopping centre off Uzun Sokak and plastered with murals of Sumela, the Atatürk Mansion and other local sights – has very good food. Try the pencil-thin st…
Sweets in Trabzon

Beton Helva

Anyone who loves helva (a traditional sweet made most often from sesame seeds) will be in heaven here. Since 1953 great slabs of the stuff, looking like loaves of bread, have been produced here in a vast array of co…
Sweets in Trabzon

Cirav Fındık

Since 1940 this tiny shop has served hazelnuts, dates, sugared almonds, nut pastes and myriad other titbits to the sweet-toothed of Trabzon.
Fish in Trabzon

Fevzi Hoca Balık-Köfte

There are no menus in this stylish Trabzon outpost of a small balik (fish) and köfte empire. Just choose a büyük (big) or küçük (small) beastie, or köfte, and wolf it down with salad, pickles and dessert.
Patisserie in Trabzon


Kılıcoğlu sells an irresistible array of ice cream and pastries, all provokingly laid out behind great plate-glass windows.
International in Trabzon

Bordo Mavi

This cosmopolitan garden-cafe adjoins the clubhouse of Trabzonspor, the idolised local football team, and the waiters wear the team strip. Pizzas, pastas and sandwiches are on the menu alongside breakfast and Turkis…
Cafe in Trabzon

Reis'in Yeri

Head down Gazipaşa Caddesi from Atatürk Alanı and across the footbridge to this sprawling fish/chicken/köfte grill house, which doubles as a tea/nargile garden (not the peaceful kind: there's a soundtrack of pumping…
Turkish in Trabzon


If you find yourself hungry in Atatürk Alanı at an awkward hour, this compact, popular lokanta (eatery serving ready-made food) is one of the best cheap eats on the meydan, and never closes. The lunchtime staples in…
Fish in Trabzon


The original of a growing franchise, this spot is favoured by Trabzon's families for its fish and köfte house specialties, and plum views of the meydan (square). Try the local köfte from Akçaabat, eaten with peppers…