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Top Choice Turkish in Trabzon


This welcoming cafe-restaurant, just south of Trabzon's museum, has a cosmopolitan vibe and a daily changing menu of wholesome and hearty Turkish dishes including menemen (scrambled eggs with peppers and tomatoes) a…
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…
Top Choice Mosque in Trabzon

Aya Sofya Mosque & Museum

Originally called Hagia Sophia (Church of Divine Wisdom), Aya Sofya sits 4km west of Trabzon's centre on a terrace close to the sea. Built between 1238 and 1263, it was influenced by Georgian and Seljuk design, alth…
Cafe in Trabzon

Stress Cafe

One of Trabzon's best live-music and nargile spots, the Stress Cafe must be ironically named: it's so laid back it's almost horizontal. The Ottomans-R-Us decor is slightly naff (especially the Egyptian-statue 'door …
Deli in Trabzon

Yeşil Mandıra

The Green Dairy is the best food shop in Trabzon, with kuruyemiş (dried fruits and nuts), lokum (Turkish delight), pestil (dried fruit leather), bal (honey), pastirma (spiced air-dried beef) and a huge array of chee…
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…
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.
Pastries in Trabzon


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

Atatürk Mansion

Nestled in leafy Soǧuksu, 5km southwest of Atatürk Alanı, this three-storey, blindingly white late-19th-century mansion has fine views and lovely formal gardens. Built for a wealthy Greek banking family in the Black…
Museum in Trabzon

Trabzon Museum

The Kostaki Mansion (1917), built for a Greek banker in the Ottoman Black Sea style, briefly hosted Atatürk in 1924. You're here for the rococo interiors – all ornate painted ceilings and original furnishings – rath…