10 Things to eat in Antalya and where

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Martí Micolau

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Eat a meal in a destination "exotic", with cultural and culinary traditions very far from ours, can only be a satisfying sensory experience, especially if the choice falls on" tried and tested "dishes typical of the local cuisine. You are ready to taste the ten most consumed delights in the Turkish city of Antalya?


  1. Shish Kebab
  2. Gozleme
  3. Typical breakfast
  4. Baklava
  5. Paça soup
  6. chicken wings
  7. Asks
  8. Meze
  9. Ice cream
  10. Patty
  11. Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Shish Kebab

If you think that this typical dish of Antalya looks like the classic kebabs "imported" also in Italy, you are wrong. The shish kebab - one of the most popular courses in the Turkish city - proposes, from the moment it is served, a version of the dish that is "lighter" and, if you like, even tastier. Meat - strictly fromlamb - it is served in the form of a skewer and accompanied by red onion, paprika and lemon juice: a real delicacy.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: lamb meat, paprika, lemon juice

2 - Gozleme

Antalya is a popular destination for street food. In addition to the classic kebab, it is possible to order at one of the many kiosks in the area a gozleme, which is a kind of savory pancake cooked on the grill and served with a generous filling of spinach, cheese, potatoes or even minced meat

  • Advised: as a snack, or as a substitute for lunch or dinner to be consumed on the street
  • Average cost: around € 1,20
  • Main ingredients: flour, water, minced meat, cheese

3 - Typical breakfast

In Antalya the day cannot start without having first consumed a substantial one breakfast. There is no typical course for the most important meal of the day, because the turkish breakfast - and Antalya, in particular - is in itself a rather complex scope: a riot of consistencies e flavors very different from each other. So you will find at your disposal a tray full of jam, yogurt, cheese, honey, eggs, butter, vegetables and ... olives, all accompanied by a tasty the and a fresh orange juice.

  • Recommended for: breakfast
  • Average cost: the price of a breakfast varies between € 3,00 and € 11,00 depending on the composition of the dish
  • Main ingredients: eggs, jam, tea, olives, cheese

4 - Baklava

One of Antalya's typical sweets is la baklava, dessert made with filo pastry and rich in typical and exquisite oriental ingredients: honey and dried fruit. A real must of Turkish confectionery.

  • Advised: as a dessert or snack
  • Average cost: starting from € 17,00
  • Main ingredients: filo pastry, honey, pistachios, cinnamon, almonds

5 - Paça soup

It could arouse some disgust, since to make this soup we use atypical ingredients to say the least. There paça soup exploits the most "absurd" parts of the sheep, like the head, the brain and even the legs, cooked in broth. Despite the unappetizing premises, the locals guarantee the goodness of this hot dish, also used as a remedy for a hangover.

  • Recommended to: Lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: broth, sheep (head, legs, brain)

6 - Chicken wings

Antalya is very famous for its dishes based on meat, one of which is as simple as it is delicious: a plate of hot and crunchy chicken wings, accompanied by side dishes and sauces of all kinds. The secret of the goodness of this dish is represented by marinating: every self-respecting Turkish restaurateur has his own recipe, a secret weapon to make these small wings appealing to diners.

  • Recommended to: Lunch or dinner
  • Average cost: € 3,00 approximately
  • Main ingredients: chicken wings

7 - Pide

It is the equivalent of our pizza, although it differs from it for numerous reasons. There pide turca is one of the most consumed dishes in Antalya. This is a portion of flat bread, baked in the oven and seasoned with all kinds of food, from vegetables to cheeses, passing to the more "strong" version, in which the pide is "flooded" with peppers and beef.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner or as a rather substantial snack
  • Average cost: depending on the filling, a pide can cost between € 1,00 and € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, cheese, vegetables, beef

8 - Meze

We are not talking about a real dish, but a appetizer filled with all kinds of local delicacies. We could also consider the meze as a sort of aperitif, made up of very spicy sauces (such as acılı ezme), or yogurt (la haydari) that accompany rolls with vegetables or vine leaves stuffed with rice, raisins, spices (filling e sarma): once tasted, you won't be able to do without it.

  • Advised: as an appetizer or aperitif
  • Average cost: € 4,30
  • Main ingredients: spicy sauces or yoghurt, peppers, aubergines, grape leaves, raisins

9 - Dondurma

It is not the usual ice cream. And theice cream, confectionery product based on milk, sugar, mastic e sahlep (flour obtained from orchids). The consistency is elastic and rubbery and the ice cream melts much more slowly than the usual ice-cream, without affecting the taste and creaminess.

  • Advised: as a snack
  • Average cost: € 1,20
  • Main ingredients: milk, sugar, mastic, salep

10 - Börek

We could define it sweet salty. The Patty, hand-made brick dough roll sprinkled externally with icing sugar, has a filling that is anything but sugary. Formaggio e minced meat they are hidden inside the thin dough, creating a unique and original mixture of flavors with the external sweetness.

  • Advised: as a snack
  • Average cost: € 2,90
  • Main ingredients: brick pasta, minced meat, cheese, powdered sugar

Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Antalya, a Turkish seaside resort, offers typical cuisine of the country, but in addition to the classic kebab and meze (appetizers) on the coast there are specialties based on vegetables and fresh fish. Furthermore, the offer is varied; you can choose simple places with low prices or refined places.

Along the harbor there are several cafes and restaurants, but if you want to spend little, you have to go into the Ataturk Caddesi district.

1 - Ayar Meyhanesi

  • Description: in the ancient area of ​​Antalya, this place stands out which usually has fish hanging outside, serves excellent cuisine at medium prices and entertains guests with live music
  • specialty: grilled fish
  • Average price: from 139,00 TRY (about € 22,00) per person
  • Address: Kilincarslan Mahalesi Hesepci Sokak No.59 Kaleici - Get directions

2 - Parlak Restaurant

  • Description: Opposite the Jewelery Bazaar this open-air place with a large antique patio is very popular with locals and serves excellent cuisine
  • specialty: slow-roasted chicken
  • Average price: from 40,00 TRY (about € 6,30) per person
  • Address: Elmalı Mahallesi, Zincirli Han İçi, 1. Sk - Get directions / FB page

3 - Sim Restauranr

  • Description: During the summer you eat under the external pergola between the Byzantine walls, while in winter you sit inside an environment with antiques that alternate with modern graffiti
  • specialty: white bean salad, soups
  • Average price: from 40,00 TRY (about € 6,30) per person
  • Address: Kaledibi Sokak 7 - Get directions / Fb page

4 - Can Can Pide ve Kebap Salonu

  • Description: if you are looking for a cheap and cheerful place, this place in front of the Cinema Plaza is for you. Frequented by locals and tourists it has always been a guarantee
  • specialty: corba, pide, and beef kebab in the pita
  • Average price: from 10,00 TRY (about € 1,60) per person
  • Address: H. İşcan Mah Arık Cad Akkaşoğlu Apt 4 / A - Get directions

5 - Villa Perla

  • Description: a small restaurant with an adjoining pension, this family-run restaurant has tables under a pergola and offers exquisite dishes at reasonable prices.
  • specialty: stewed rabbit, meze
  • Average price: from 40,00 TRY (about € 6,30) per person
  • Address: No.26, 07100 Muratpaşa - Get directions / Fb page

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