Sinop, a historic port city nestled on northern Turkey’s Black Sea coast, was recently named the country’s happiest city. One look at its local dining scene and it’s not hard to see why. Fresh, locally caught fish dishes are accompanied by mouthwatering meze and Sinop’s favorite delicacy, manti. Read on for The Culture Trip’s roundup of the city’s 10 must-try restaurants.
Located within the modern Antik Otel, Alakart Restaurant boasts a stylish, cozy interior complemented by a gorgeous terrace overlooking the sea and a menu brimming with delicious fish and seafood dishes that perfectly pair with its sea views. Kick start your meal with a selection of appetite-whetting starters before opting for one of Alakart Restaurant’s richly flavored, innovative seafood recipes for a true taste of the bounty that the neighboring Black Sea has to offer.
First opened in Istanbul in 1967, Tarihi Sebat Lokantasi is today a successful small group of restaurants boasting four locations in its hometown and a brand new locale in the heart of Sinop. The focus is the regional cuisine of Turkey’s Trabzon province with plenty of carnivore-friendly dishes like Akçaabat meatballs, Albanian-style liver and kebabs with béchamel sauce alongside classic seafood like anchovies and sides that include rice and bulgur pilaf, pumpkin moussaka and Turkish bean stew.