Whether you’re looking for traditional Turkish cuisine, authentic Italian dishes or eclectic and modern international eats, Bursa’s local dining scene has something to suit. We’ve lined up the city’s very best restaurants for your next visit.
Hasköyüm Pidecisi has been serving its signature dish, pide (a Turkish recipe similar to pizza featuring flatbread accompanied by a range of tasty toppings) since 1998 and many years on, they’re proving just as popular. Choose from varieties like the ‘Kiymali’ (topped with minced veal and lamb, tomatoes, onion, pepper and mixed spices) or the ‘Pastirmali Kasarli’ (with veal entrecote, bacon and Kasar cheese) and combine with other classic Turkish dishes including köfte and manti.
Located around 20 miles outside of Bursa’s city center in the pretty coastal town of Mudanya, Beyaz Kayalar boasts beautiful sea views and a menu brimming with deliciously fresh Mediterranean and Aegean inspired seafood dishes to boot. A range of hot and cold meze is served to start and although Beyaz Kayalar’s menu changes daily according to available daily catches, guests can expect specialties like shrimp manti, sea bass wrapped in chard, scallops with white wine sauce or kaşar cheese and fish kebabs.
Stylish, modern and serving an extensive menu of Turkish, European and international cuisine alongside regular live music, Demo is where Bursa’s cool kids flock for food and fun. Open early ‘til late daily, Demo offers hearty breakfast fare like omelets, pancakes and toasted sandwiches while guests dining later in the day can chow down on dishes like pasta and pizzas wraps, Chinese-inspired noodles, steaks and seafood, pizzas and a huge range of burgers. The signature Demo Burger (with mushroom and béchamel sauce, cheddar and lettuce) and the Venezuela Burger (topped with avocado, honey-Dijon mustard, cheddar, red onion, Nigella seeds, lettuce and mayonnaise) are favorites. Wash down with one of Demo’s many signature cocktails or an ice cold beer.
Nestled not far from the Atatürk Congress Culture Centre, the site of Bursa’s former textile factory, Hayat Lokantasi’s gastronomic bent, Ottoman and Turkish cuisine, is as steeped in history as its location. Dine on classic dishes such as roasted lamb marinated in buttermilk and served with pilaf, goat kebab, meat and vegetable börek or kuru fasulye (white bean stew) before desserts like helvasi (a semolina based Turkish sweet treat). A breakfast buffet is served on weekends featuring yet more classic Turkish fare alongside a range of local cheese.
For deliciously fresh Mediterranean and Aegean inspired seafood in stylish surrounds, look no further than Ege Balik. A beautifully decorated interior (think blue and white motif complemented by smart, tiled floors) that perfectly matches its fish-focused cuisine is bound to delight any seafood fan. Start with dishes like lakerda (pickled bonito) and tomato stuffed snapper followed by main courses of grilled bluefish or skewered swordfish. Finish with a delicious dessert of soufflé.