3 Best Restaurants in Goreme, Cappadocia

3. Cafe Safak.

Muze Cadessi no 28 | (On the way to the Goreme open air museum), Goreme 50180, Turkey. +90 384 271 2597

It’s a family owned cafe, whereby you can sit there the whole day to just enjoy the afternoon breeze, and to avoid the strong sun at noon times. Most of the meals are homemade by the owner’s mom.

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They said the most favorite menus are Latte,  The Lentils Soup and the Gözleme. so went to try it out :

Gözleme – savory traditional Turkish Pastry dish.

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It’s something like Indian Prata that you can filled with various types.  we Ordered Cheese and Mushroom that time, and it was not bad at all. it’s rather dry compared to Prata.

Baklava – Turkish dessert, a Turkish sweet pastry with nuts and fillings. 

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It feels like eating Bollen Bandung from Indonesia with Ice cream. The texture is Crispy outside, sofy and chewy inside. 
2. Cappadocian Cuisine
Uzundere Caddesi NO:5/B, Goreme 50180, Turkey. +90 536 964 62 25
Dont judge the book by it’s cover. The restaurant banner may not be as nice as the others, and maybe the place doesnt look fancy at all. But all I can say is, they have the most reasonable price and size for a great local taste! 
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Appetizer
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Lentils Soup
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Chicken Casserole
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 Turkish Pasta
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 And Highlight of the Day is : Pottery Chicken Kebab!
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1. TopDeck Cave Restaurant
Hafiz Abdullah Efendi Sokak 15, Goreme 50180, Turkey. 90 384 271 2474
All i can say is, this is a must visit restaurant when you are coming to Goreme. A lovely place up in the hill and inside a cave. Yes, a cave! Cappadocia is famous for it’s cave hotel. If you want to feel how it feels like to eat in a cave restaurant, Topdeck is a right place to go.
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Chicken Kebab , Kofte (Meatballs) , and a free salad
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Lamb Shank
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And Highlights Meals for the day is Lamb Borek – Lamb springroll filled with cheese. They said it’s one of the most authentic Turkish dish ever.
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Istanbul : Grand Bazaar & Spice Market

Your Istanbul trip is not complete without visiting Grand Bazaar and Spice Market.

both are very localized market.. very authentic and unique..

 

let us start with Grand Bazaar.

Since byzantine years, Grand Bazaar play a huge part in Istanbul economics.

it’s like the first ever shopping malls in that era..

people from all over Turkey go there to do some trading.. 

and like its name.. the market is very grand.. haha.. 

very huge with its high ceiling..

myriad shops in labyrinth like.. where you can lost yourself in it. 

and it’s a great place to shop, only if you know the art of bargaining. 

seriously.. i overheard a tourist got scammed here.. 

we (me and the tourist) were standing in front of a shawl shop looking at some of their offer..

when he was looking very carefully at the shawl.. his friends suddenly came and said this to him..

 

‘wow.. that looks exactly the same like the shawl that you bought just now.. how much is it here?’

‘ 10 TL mann..’ *10 TL is about 5 SGD.

‘ ohh.. and how much you bought earlier?’

‘ 100 TL’

‘ ohh mannn.. is there any different? maybe your is softer? haha’

‘ i dont know man.. i think it feels the same’

 

and 3 of them left after that..

so sad to hear thatt..

that’s why i said you should have the art of bargaining over here.. hoho..

well.. enuf said of the ‘tourist trap’.. i think all cities have this kind of things thoo.. they earn from the tourist.  hehe.. 

if you love those carpets.. silks. shawls.. jewelry..  antique things.. lamps.. and authentic things from Turkey,

you surely should try to pay this bazaar a visit.

 

and eventho you dont like to shop..

just came here and look around.. because i think some shop are just pretty to see..hehe..

i guess i just love to look at colorful things..  

*it’s like mangga dua (in jakarta), but it’s way cooler. hahahaha*

the merchants are nice i may say..

and we met 1 funny merchant too.. 

 

we were walking down that alley.. 

and 1 merchant was screaming at us saying, ‘excusemeee.. excusemeee.. you drop something’

we heard that clearly, but we just walk off..

then he screamed the same things again..

and then we stopped for a while, because i thought i dropped my hat, since i only hooked it to my sling bag..

and do you know what the merchant did after we turned our head to the floor??

 

he pointed the floor and slowly directed his finger to his shop,

and smile handsomely with ‘i got you, girls’ kind if look.  

ahhahaha.. very funny right…

me, ci bombie and amel could not stop laughing after thatt..

we were like.. OMG.. it is too creative to attract people to see his shop. hahahaha. 

but i bought it.. it is indeed very cute way to catch our attention. hahahha.

 

secondly is Spice Market.

this market is not as big as Grand Bazaar. 

since it’s name is Spice Market..

so their specialty is in selling spices and Turkish delights.. 

they also sell shawls, clothes, handcrafted things, and other items like what Grand Bazaar have.

i found it cheaper than Grand Bazaar.. but too bad.. we cant stay there for long since we have to go to Princess island after that.. hoho.. 

 

i think it’s very recommended to buy turkish delights here, since you got to try a lot of things, and you can buy a few pieces rather than buying one whole box of the delights..  

 *owhh.. there’s a free wifi in this shop ! ahahahah.. i was just trying my luck to connect to the wifi, and very surprised when i started receiving whatsapp messages right after.. hahahha..