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 main streets.
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, relaxed atmosphere.
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
Kemal 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. Atatürk Caddesi, Zeytinci İş Merkezi No. 1, Alaçatı Futbol Sahası Yanı (tel +90 (232) 716 8823) is the place to go for traditional Turkish “home cooking:” soups, kebaps, ready-food (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 canary instead.
Another esnaf lokantasi near the Belediye (Municipality, Town Hall).
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).