As a major destination for day-trip
and weekend visitors from İzmir, Istanbul and beyond, Alaçatı has
a surprisingly large number of good
cafés and restaurants along its few
I'm indebted to my friend Ms Zeynep
Öziş of the Taş Otel for guidance in
exploring the restaurants of Alaçatı.
As with many vacation/holiday destinations
with lots of visiting diners but a
much smaller local clientele, chefs
and management at local restaurants
may change with the seasons. Nevertheless,
here are some suggestions:
Certainly unique: you enter right into the kitchen
where you're greeted by the chef/owner, who shows
you what's cookin' that day. Choose your dishes and
settle into one of the cozy dining rooms or, when
the meal is all prepared, sit right at the kitchen
table. The cuisine is inventive Turkish, and is superb.
Wine and beer are served, prices are moderate, and
the restaurant is open all year. This is a favorite
with locals and international visitors alike.
In the Bey
Evi Hotel, is among the more accomplished places,
with an internationally experienced chef and a
pleasant, very Alaçatı,
At the eastern end of Kemalpaşa Caddesi, Roka is
the place for upscale Turkish dining, but it's open
only in the warm months.
Large dining rooms, some sidewalk tables on Kemalpaşa
Caddesi, and a loyal clientele
İmren Helva & Tatlı Evi
Pasa Caddesi No. 67 (tel +90 (232) 716 8356) is perfect
for a snack, pastry, ice cream, or Alaçatı's
famous sakızlı muhallebi (bland white pudding
flavored with sakız—mastic pine gum).
Yusuf Usta Ev Yemekleri
This esnaf lokantası ("workers'
eatery") near the bus terminal does classic
Turkish dishes well, at quite reasonable prices.
Caddesi, Zeytinci İş Merkezi No. 1,
Futbol Sahası Yanı (tel +90 (232) 716
8823) is the place to go for traditional
Turkish "home cooking:" soups,
(hazir yemek) dishes, rotisserie
chicken, pide (Turkish pizza)
at surprisingly good prices. It's efficient,
with indoor & shady outdoor seating,
and no background music—a beautiful
Another esnaf lokantasi near the Belediye (Municipality,
Alaçatı Herb Festival
Local herbs and spices (ot) are
favored at Alaçatı's
annual Herb Festival (Ot
Festivali) on a weekend in early April,
when local folks scour the budding
hillsides for their favorite scents
and spices. Local cooks, both amateur
and professional, offer their wares
for tasting and purchase in Alaçatı's çarşı (marketplace).
chefs in Alaçatı.
fresco dining on a summer