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 at Ayşegül Hanım’ın Çiftliği
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.
Ayşegül Hanım’ın Çiftliği, Fener Mahallesi, 1907. Sk. No:58, 07160 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 324 05 32
Grilled meat at 7 Mehmet
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).
7 Mehmet, Meltem Mahallesi, Atatürk Kültür Parkı No:201, Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 238 52 00
Börek at Börekçi Tevfik
Börek is a savory pastry filled with various ingredients and baked to crispy perfection, and in Antalya, Tevfik is the börek expert. The super-thin hand-rolled dough is the secret behind this börek, filled with minced meat or cheese or topped with powdered sugar as a sweet treat.
Tevfik, Sinan Mahallesi 1255 Sokak, Ay İşhanı, Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 241 58 13
Ice cream at Akdeniz Dondurma
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
Yenge at Evren Büfe
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.
Evren Büfe, Gençlik Mahallesi, Burhannettin Onat Caddesi, Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 321 19 75
Grilled chicken at Parlak Restaurant
Restaurant, Seafood, $$$