Antalya’s cuisine is a real surf and turf kind of deal with fresh fish from the sea as well as amazing grilled meat varieties. There is also the traditional Turkish breakfast that keeps you full for hours. Make sure to feast on these dishes while you’re in Antalya.
Breakfast is an important start to the day, and Ayşegül Hanım’ın Çiftliği (Miss Ayşegül’s Farm) is one of the best places to get the classic Turkish breakfast. Sitting in a lovely garden, you’ll feast on organic eggs, cheese and olive varieties, tomatoes and cucumber, Turkish breakfast pastries, and plenty of freshly brewed Turkish tea.
One of the best seafood restaurants in Antalya, Antalya Balık Evi also happens to have an amazing view of the Mediterranean. Choose your fish from the display, and make sure to start out the meal with some meze such as salted bonito or shrimp in saffron sauce.
One of Antalya’s most famous restaurants, 7 Mehmet sits on a hill that overlooks the beautiful Konyaaltı Beach. As expected, everything on the menu is prepared perfectly, especially the grilled meats such as kuzu tandır (slow-cooked lamb) and roasted veal with iç pilavı (rice with currants, nuts, and chopped liver).
What’s summer without some ice cream, right? Akdeniz Dondurma stands out with its ice cream made from goat’s milk, creating a thick consistency that really hits the sweet tooth spot. Caramel, melon, sour cherry, almond, pistachio—you’ll have a hard time choosing.
Akdeniz Dondurma, Ali Çetinkaya Cad. No:24, Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 312 4719
Shish kebab is really an art form at Şişçi Ramazan, which cooks up köfte (meatballs), lamb, and chicken on skewers until they reach their juicy best. Make sure to try the Antalya-style piyaz (bean salad) with tahini.
A büfe is a traditional joint that serves up Turkish fast food favorites, and Evren Büfe is the favorite in Antalya. Here you’ll find excellent Yenge, a hefty sandwich with melted cheese, salami, sausage, sucuk, tomatoes, and pickles, accompanied by (of course) French fries.
Ali Asker has a special sauce with which he marinates his chicken wings, and locals and visitors have become quite fond of his secret recipe. You’ll end up eating a few too many, but that’s the point when you’re on vacation anyway.
Ali Asker, Şirinyalı Mah. Eski Lara cad. No:64/A, Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 323 62 67
Paça soup is an acquired taste because it’s composed of broth plus sheep’s brains, head, or foot meat and lots of herbs. We promise it’s very delicious, plus it’s the prime Turkish cure for a hangover, which is why Paçacı Şaban is open from 7 am until 4:30 am.
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