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Castle in Van

Van Castle

Nothing is quite so impressive in Van as the Van Castle, which dominates the view of the city. About 3km west of the city centre, it's a wonderful place to come for a picnic.
Museum in Van

Van Museum

Van's original museum was damaged in the 2011 earthquakes, and this gleaming new glass structure at the foot of Van Castle was opened in late 2014. The museum boasts the world's pre-eminent collection of Urartian ex…
Cafe in Van

Sütçü Fevzi

Sütçü Fevzi has a few tables set up outside. Sütçü Fevzi will give you a typical Van breakfast experience. Van is famed for its tasty kahvaltı (breakfast). Skip the usually bland breakfast that is served in your hot…
Cafe in Van

Sütçü Kenan

Sütçü Kenan has a few tables set up outside. Sütçü Kenan will give you a typical Van breakfast experience. Van is famed for its tasty kahvaltı (breakfast). Skip the usually bland breakfast that is served in your hot…
Middle Eastern in Van

Firavîn

Translating to 'Lunch' in Kurdish, Firavîn offers an ever-changing daily menu of homestyle Kurdish cooking. It's very popular, so get there before 1pm for local dishes like keledos (chickpea, wheat, leeks and beans …
Anatolian in Van

Aişe

Run by an enterprising group of local women, around six different Turkish and Kurdish dishes are presented each day. Count on around TL10 to TL12 for a full meal including bread and soup, all best enjoyed in the res…
Steak in Van

Tamara Ocakbaşı

In the Tamara Hotel, this dining room eatery features 40 ocak – each table has its own grill. High-quality meat and fish dishes feature prominently, but the list of meze is equally impressive, and beer and wine is a…
Live Music in Van

Halay Türkü Bar

Multiple floors add up to multiple ways to enjoy Van's nightlife scene. Kick off with tasty meze and grilled meat before graduating to draught beer, generously poured local spirits, and regular live music.
Bar in Van

Niçhe

Get to know Van's student population over frosty glasses of Efes beer at this friendly cafe/bar.
Ruins in Van

Van Castle (Van Kalesi) & Eski Van

About 4km west of the centre, Van Castle dominates the view of the city. Visit at sunset for great views across the lake. Catch a 'Kale' minibus (TL2) from İskele Caddesi to the castle's northwestern corner for the …