Guidelet: Ankara

A travel guide to Ankara, Turkey | Target Market: students, history buffs | A travel guide by: Heidi

Ankara", a travel guide to Ankara, Turkey

Summary of points of interest in this travel guide to Ankara, Turkey


Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi

Why visit:

1997 European Museum of the Year winner, this is as historical as Ankara gets! This museum is situated in an old Ottoman bazaar storage building and contains some of the best collections of artifacts from all the civilizations that have lived in what is now Turkey, from the Paleolithic era to the Ottoman times.\r\n\r\nExpect Assyrian cuneiform tablets, Hittite statues, Bronze age sculpture, and the world\'s oldest peace treaty. \r\n\r\nThe museum is located in the historic district of Ulus, just down the street from the citadel, and is one of the top sites in Ankara.\r\n\r\nEntry: 15 TL

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at Gözcü Sokak No:2 Ulus


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Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Leman Kültür

Why visit:

Leman Kültür is a restaurant with a modern youth culture vibe. It takes its decor and theme from the popular irreverent comic book Leman, the Turkish version of MAD Magazine. \r\n\r\nLeman Kültür is always buzzing with a young crowd at all times of the day or night. The menu puts some delicious modern twists on traditional Turkish dishes and also features Western-style favorites like salads and wraps. Alcoholic beverages are also available, although the classic ayran is always a favorite.\r\n\r\nThere are three locations: Kizilay, Bahçelievler and Bestekar Sokak\r\n

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at Konur Sok. Kızılay


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Leman Kültür, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Atatürk Kültür Merkezi

Why visit:

The Ataturk Cultural Center near Akköprü is an expo center that routinely hosts cultural fairs showcasing local music, arts, businesses, and cuisine of cities from all over Turkey and beyond. It\'s a way to travel to the farthest corners of Turkey without ever leaving Ankara! \r\n\r\nCheck the website to see scheduled activities and expos.

a day,very cheap,check site first option
at Akköprü


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Atatürk Kültür Merkezi, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Dikmen Vadisi

Why visit:

One of the best walks in the metro area, Dikmen Valley is more of a canyon with a park at the bottom. Families come here to stroll, bring their kids to the playgrounds (look for the pirate ship!), and enjoy an afternoon tea or ice cream. The park is beautifully landscaped and a pleasant escape from the usually gray scenery of Ankara. Walking trails stretch all the way through the valley, so bring your walking shoes and a snack.

a day,free,just show up option
at Güzeltepe Mh. Dikmen Cd.


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Dikmen Vadisi, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Hamamönü

Why visit:

Hamamonu is easy to miss, nestled as it is between rough slums and modern shopping areas, but step into these few blocks and you\'ll find yourself in a charming Classical Ottoman village! No cars are allowed on the streets, adding to the feeling of walking into history, surrounded by Ottoman mansions and window displays of flowers. Don\'t miss the \"Art Street\" full of galleries and artisans practicing traditional styles. The cafes, with their traditional decor and student-friendly prices, are a charming stop after some window shopping. Be sure to stop in the old hans full of local village women selling handmade textiles, cheeses, and snacks!

a day,lunch,dinner,night,free,just show up option
at Altındağ


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Hamamönü, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Anıtkabir

Why visit:

It only takes about 20 minutes of walking around Ankara to realize the love and respect Turks have for Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. His image can be seen on t-shirts, flags, shop walls, and you may even spot people with his signature tattooed on an arm. And so it is hardly surprising that Atatürk\'s mausoleum is one of the most significant sights in Ankara. The structure of the mausoleum is impressive enough, visible from more parts of town than you\'d imagine possible, but the most interesting part is the biographical museum, which contains artifacts from Atatürk\'s life and a history of the War of Turkish Independence. This is an essential stop for visitors to get a feel for Turkey as it exists now.

a day,free,just show up option
at Mebusevleri Mah. Anıt Cad. Anıttepe Çankaya


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Anıtkabir, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Kocatepe Camii

Why visit:

Locals will tell you with derision that Kocatepe Mosque is modern and unoriginal, but don\\\'t let that stop you from visiting. With a capacity for 24,000 worshipers, Kocatepe is the largest mosque in Turkey and casts a staggeringly impressive silhouette onto the Ankara skyline. It was completed in 1987 and features an eclectic neo-Ottoman style, drawing influences from several of the prominent historical mosques in Istanbul. For believers and non-believers alike, the spell of reverence in the giant space cast by the painted walls, stained glass windows, and 1 ton solid gold chandelier is a captivating experience. Entry is free and the mosque is open to all. Plan to take off your shoes upon entry. Women, bring a scarf to cover your head as a gesture of respect, just as with any mosque in Turkey.

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at Kocatepe


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Kocatepe Camii, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Güvenpark

Why visit:

The center of Ankara, a transportation hub, the center of political protests, and one of the busiest corners in the city. If you want to people watch, this is the spot! Güvenpark isn\'t much of a park, spanning only one city block and surrounded by heavy traffic, but it is a central gathering place. The large sculpture at the end of the park was built in 1935 as a tribute to the police and gendarmes who served in the War of Independence. \r\n\r\nWalk around the edge of the park to find a snack of simit, fresh fruit juice, grilled corn, or other delicious tidbits.\r\n\r\nFrom here you can catch a bus, the metro, or a mini-bus (dolmuş) to anywhere in town.

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at Kızılay Mah.


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Güvenpark, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Ankara Devlet Opera ve Balesi

Why visit:

If you want a cultural fix, check out the Ankara State Opera and Ballet. The opera and ballet receives subsidies from the government, making tickets cheaper than a movie. Performances include a mixture of Turkish and Western music, classical and modern, and even some musical theater and children\'s performances.\r\n\r\nThe opera and ballet house is in historic Ulus, near Gençlik Park.

a night,varies,check site first option
at Atatürk Blv. No:20 Ulus


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Ankara Devlet Opera ve Balesi, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Tunalı Hilmi Caddesi

Why visit:

Istanbul may hold the heart of traditional Turkey, but Ankara embraces the modern side, and there is no better place to experience what modern Turkey is all about than Tunali Hilmi Caddesi, a bustling shopping and dining district in central Ankara. Tunali Hilmi is known for its pasaj, or indoor shopping area, but the streets are always full of activity, with families, buskers, and even the occasional transvestite. The street comfortably shares some of the hottest bars in town with a few cozy hidden tea gardens. Take the time to peek into some of the unassuming cafes- the back patios are often secret treasures!

a day,lunch,dinner,night,free,just show up option
at Kavaklıdere


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Tunalı Hilmi Caddesi, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

AŞTİ

Why visit:

If you want to get from Ankara to anywhere else in the country, this is the bus terminal to take you there. Inter-city buses in Turkey are cheap and safe, and by far the easiest way to get anywhere. Buses to Istanbul run every 30 minutes from several different companies.

a day,night,varies,just show up option
at Beştepeler Mah. Mevlana Blv.


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AŞTİ, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Jolly Joker Ankara

Why visit:

One of the best venues for live music in Ankara! The Jolly Joker has performances from top Turkish artists several nights a week, including pop and rock. Food and drinks are available, though they\'re not cheap, and the crowd is always lively. Check the website for the schedule.

a night,varies,check site first option
at Kızılırmak Cad. No:14 Kızılay


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Jolly Joker Ankara, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Kuğulu Park

Why visit:

Kugulu Park is not large, but it\\\'s centrally located and a wonderful place for a brief respite from the noise of the city. The park features a pond with swans, which the park is named for, and is located just at the top of Tunali Hilmi Street. Surrounding the park are bookstores, cafes, and pubs, although you can pick up some snacks from street vendors in the park. Families with small children, retirees, and students all congregate here. A favorite spot for photographers!

a day,free,just show up option
at Kavaklıdere


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Kuğulu Park, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

7. Cadde

Why visit:

Ankara hosts over 100,000 university students from all around Turkey, and Askabat Cadde (formerly 7th Street) is a midpoint between many of the campuses, making this district a favorite hangout for the young crowd. Less crowded than Kizilay and calmer than Tunali Hilmi, 7th Street is a place for a relaxing stroll on wide streets or shopping in trendy boutiques. Many of the cafes are geared toward socialization, offering nargile and board games on comfortable couches or bean bags.

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at Aşkabat Cad.


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7. Cadde, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Cafe Bien

Why visit:

For some nightlife, check out Cafe Bien just off Tunali Hilmi Street. This is a favorite hangout of expats, so it\'s a good place to run into some English speakers in the evening. Cafe Bien transforms from an unassuming cafe in the daylight to a wild, raucous party at night. The bar is well-stocked and the music is cranked up, although it\'s often so crowded that dancing is a challenge.

a night,varies,just show up option
at Kavaklidere


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Cafe Bien, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

IF Performance Hall

Why visit:

IF Performance Hall is a staple of Ankara nightlife. Try some cocktails or a local raki and dance your heart out with a young, vibrant crowd. The music is a mix of current club hits and classic favorites, but live cover bands and Turkish rock stars occasionally make an appearance onstage. Cover charge includes one drink.

a night,varies,just show up option
at Tunus Cd. No:14/A Kavaklıdere


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IF Performance Hall, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Dem Meyhane

Why visit:

For the ultimate Turkey experience, check out a meyhane. For 80 TL per head, you get a table at Dem for the evening with unlimited raki (Turkish liquor) meze (appetizers) and fish. Live musicians wander the room and the crowd raises their glasses while singing heartily along with the beloved folk songs (fasil). Food, music, drink, and good company: what more could you want?

a night,varies,check site first option
at Tunus Cd. No:14/A Kavaklıdere


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Dem Meyhane, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Ankamall

Why visit:

Shop until you drop! The biggest, most easily accessible, and most affordable shopping center in Ankara. ANKAmall has all the shopping you could ever want with Turkish, American, and European brands, plus a massive food court, movie theater, arcade, bowling, and occasional live entertainment.

a day,lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bul.


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Ankamall, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Çıkrıkçılar Yokuşu

Why visit:

While most of Ankara is super modern and growing, there is a traditional Anatolian village hidden in the streets of Ulus, including the shopping experience most Westerners picture: small, winding streets, outdoor displays, vendors haggling with customers while sipping tea. Come simply to browse and absorb the sights and sounds, or use your haggling skills to strike a grand bargain on some Turkish crafts and antiques!

a day,lunch,dinner,night,free,just show up option
at Ulus


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Çıkrıkçılar Yokuşu, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Ankara Kalesi

Why visit:

Ankara prides itself on being the most modern city in Turkey, but its architectural history dates back to the Roman days when Ancyra was the capital of the province of Galatia. A few remnants of this era remain, most notably the citadel, a walled fortress on the highest hill in the city. The quarter around the castle is worth a stroll, with restored Ottoman houses now boasting cafes and antique shops. Inside the citadel there\'s more shopping and, if you turn a corner, a slice of village life. Children run barefoot through the streets while housewives chase their chickens- you would never know you were in the center of a large city! Take a picture from the top, where you get a breathtaking 360 degree of the entire city. The castle is always open and free of charge.

a day option
at Ulus


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Ankara Kalesi, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

Hacı Bayram-ı Veli Camii

Why visit:

A Roman temple of Augustus, later a Byzantine church, and now a mosque. You can literally walk through the history of Anatolia within a single structure at this site in the center of Ulus, from the still-standing Roman columns on one side to the active mosque on the other. The current mosque is built next to the tomb of a Sufi saint and attracts hordes of religious Turkish tourists. Next to the mosque is a string of souvenir shops with Islamic artwork and religious artifacts.

a day,free,just show up option
at Ulus


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Hacı Bayram-ı Veli Camii, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Julianus Sütunu

Why visit:

Just up the street from Ulus Square, a sunken Roman Road leads to the Column of Julian, built in 362 AD to honor the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate as he passed through Ankara. The column is 15 meters high and stands in the middle of the road. For history buffs on the way to the Roman baths or the castle, this is worth stopping by.

a day,free option
at Ulus


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Julianus Sütunu, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

Roma Hamamı Açık Hava Müzesi

Why visit:

The ancient ruins of a Roman bath in Ulus serve now as an open-air museum. For a small fee, visitors can enjoy the baths, which were constructed in the 3rd century AD by the Roman Emperor Caracalla. With most of Ankara being so new, the ancient ruins stand out even more in contrast.

a day,very cheap,just show up option
at Altındağ


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Roma Hamamı Açık Hava Müzesi, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

☻ SiYAH BEYAZ ☺

Why visit:

Siyah Beyaz is the original hotspot of the Ankara nightlife scene. Attracting an older, more sophisticated crowd, Siyah Beyaz features live jazz and cocktails. The spacious back patio has a number of couches for lounging and chatting with friends, while dancing and lively conversation dominate the inside.

a night,varies,just show up option
at Altındağ


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☻ SiYAH BEYAZ ☺, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

ODTà Müze

Why visit:

Middle East Technical University is where the best and brightest of Turkey come to further their education. The campus hosts a Museum of Science and Technology, showcasing a history of technology in Turkey. Outdoor exhibits include aircraft, locomotives, and cars, while the interior hosts everything from old printing presses to a few devices you might remember from your childhood.

a day,free,just show up option
at Altındağ


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ODTà Müze, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

Atakule

Why visit:

Atakule, the funky tower visible from nearly everywhere in the city, was originally built in the 1980s by then-president Turgut Ozal, who found Ankara somewhat lacking in modern cool and wanted a structure to remedy that. The top of the tower holds a revolving restaurant and observation tower with incredible views of the city and area. The shopping mall at the base is being rebuilt to a more contemporary style.

a day,night,just show up option
at Çankaya Mh. Çankaya Cd.


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Atakule, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

arjantin caddesi

Why visit:

The Rodeo Drive of Ankara lies just up the hill from Tunali Hilmi and Karum Mall on Arjantin Caddesi. Situated among embassies and features designer shopping, art galleries, and upscale dining. The street is on a steep hill, so bring some sturdy walking shoes.

a option
at Çankaya Mh. Çankaya Cd.


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arjantin caddesi, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

Ãengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Müzesi

Why visit:

One of the quirkiest museums you\'ll find anywhere is located directly opposite the citadel in Ulus. The building itself- an old caravanserai from 1522- is reason enough to check out this museum, but the eclectic collections are worth spending a few hours perusing. The Koc family\'s personal collection sprawls through the rooms, offering old cars, toys, walking sticks, typewriters, maritime equipment, and snippets of village life in Anatolia. The museum also has a shop and a restaurant in the courtyard with excellent manti (Turkish ravioli with yogurt sauce).

a day,fixed price,just show up option
at Necatibey Mah. Depo Sok. No:1


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Ãengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Müzesi, a tour attraction in Ãankaya TÃ&frac

Hatipoğlu Konağı Restaurant

Why visit:

Traditional food at reasonable prices, spectacular city views, antique Ottoman furniture and decor- if you can\'t make up your mind which of these you want in a restaurant then save yourself the trouble and head to Hatipoglu Konagi Restaurant. The restaurant is located inside the citadel in an old mansion now converted into dining rooms. The interior has been restored to its full Ottoman glory, with antique furniture and artwork, and since the citadel is on a hill the outdoor patio boasts incredible views. Come to sip an afternoon coffee, or enjoy some excellently prepared traditional Turkish foods.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at Kale Mah. Sevinç Sok. No:3 Altındağ


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Hatipoğlu Konağı Restaurant, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Divan Brasserie

Why visit:

Upscale dining in the elegantly-decorated courtyard of a restored caravanserai, Divan Brasserie is absolutely worth the higher prices of the food. Service is excellent, and traditional Turkish cuisine is prepared to perfection. Try the manti (Turkish ravioli with yogurt sauce) and a glass of Cappadocian wine.

a option
at Necatibey Mah. Depo Sok. No:1


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Divan Brasserie, a tour attraction in Ãankaya TÃ&frac

Karacabey Hamamı

Why visit:

This historic Turkish bath doesn\'t look like much from the outside, but the marbled steam rooms of this hamam, which has been open since 1440 and is still used by locals, are more authentic than what the more touristic options in Antalya or Istanbul offer. Karacabey Hamam is located just opposite the clocktower in Hamamonu, close to Ulus or Kizilay. Bring a swimsuit and towel, and the staff will take care of the rest. You can provide your own soap or buy it there, although at 25 TL for a full service bath and massage, extra soap probably won\'t bust the wallet. The hamam has separate facilities for men and women and provides hair styling and nail care for an additional charge. The staff doesn\'t speak English, but they welcome foreigners and provide excellent service nonetheless.

a day,varies,check site first option
at Talatpaşa Bulvarı


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Karacabey Hamamı, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Kızılay

Why visit:

Kizilay is the undisputed center of the city, and the trendiest spot for shopping, dining, and socializing. Crowded, narrow streets stay busy day and night. The covered bazaars and pasajes offer a variety of trinkets, clothes, jewelry, and handmade leather products, while the bookstores and cafes are full of students. Go with an empty stomach and fill up on street food, which is everywhere. Expect to find a wide range of food options, from the 5 TL doner/ayran combos geared toward students to fine dining at the top of the YKM department store tower.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,free,just show up option
at Talatpaşa Bulvarı


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Kızılay, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Sakarya Caddesi

Why visit:

If you thought you couldn\\\'t find a lively bar scene in conservative Turkey, think again. During the day, Sakarya Street is a central district of shops and cafes like any other. But at night it transforms to the center of nightlife in Ankara. Music and dance aficionados bar-hop to find pop hits, trance, Turkish classics, hard rock, metal, and more. Street vendors set up late at night to offer snacks like kofte (meatballs), durum (wraps), kokorec (lamb intestines), or iskembe (soup with lamb intestines). On weekends the party lasts until well after sunrise. Steer clear of the gypsy children who will try to scam or pickpocket you, but the street is relatively safe at all hours of the night.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at Kızılay


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Sakarya Caddesi, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Aylak Madam

Why visit:

The artsy crowd gathers at this cafe in Kizilay to discuss literature and politics around comfortable sofas and low coffee tables. But don\'t be fooled by the Euro glam decor- the food is thoroughly Turkish! The tea and coffee menu features espresso drinks and flavored teas, while the meals range from light snacks to full dinner entrees. It\'s a perfect place to grab a meal, ice cream, or a cup of coffee and watch the world go by.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at Karanfil 2 Sk. No:77/B Bakanlıklar


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Aylak Madam, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Eymir Gölü

Why visit:

For the nature lovers. Eymir Lake sits several miles outside the city centre and is beloved of local hikers and bikers. The lake is owned and maintained by Middle East Technical University, and has numerous hiking and biking trails winding around the lake and through the surrounding forest. Bikes are available for rent, and the trail around the lake has several picnic spots and food stalls for the hungry. Public access is free.

a day,free,just show up option
at Gölbaşı


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Eymir Gölü, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Mogan Gölü

Why visit:

Mogan Lake is polluted and not open for swimming, but Ankarites love to come lakeside for a bit of fresh air and nature when city life becomes overwhelming. The shores feature playplaces for kids, restaurants, biking and walking trails, and other activities for the whole family.

a just show up option
at Gölbaşı


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Mogan Gölü, a tour attraction in GölbaÅ&Aum

Göksu Parkı

Why visit:

Goksu Park is located in Eryaman and features a lake and numerous picnic shelters. Barbecue pits are available for groups, and Goksu has some of the largest open green spaces in the city. Rent a paddleboat to take around the lake, or walk the trails that wind around.

a day,free,just show up option
at Eryaman 2. Etap


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Göksu Parkı, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Seğmenler Parkı

Why visit:

Uphill from Tunali Hilmi, Segmenler is one of the best green spaces in central Ankara, with plenty of trees and secluded benches. Ambitious joggers appreciate the uphill gain of the trails, and sledders appreciate the steep hills in winter. An amphitheatre in one corner of the park is often taken over by local groups for meetings or performance.

a day,free,just show up option
at İran Cd.


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Seğmenler Parkı, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Cheap Charlies

Why visit:

Not, as the name implies, the cheapest souvenir shop in Ankara, but certainly the largest and most comprehensive. Here you can find something for everyone at home, whether evil eye trinkets, lamps, ceramics, t-shirts, or silver jewelry.

a varies option
at İran Cd.


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Cheap Charlies, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

Liva Pastanesi

Why visit:

The perfect spot for afternoon tea and cake, Liva offers a wide variety of espresso drinks and pastries, as well as sandwiches and other entrees. Indoor or patio seating lets you choose between a nook with friends or a place to people watch on the street. A breakfast buffet is also available in the mornings.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at Çukurambar Mah. 1423 Cad. No:34


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Liva Pastanesi, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Serender pastanesi

Why visit:

Bakeries are a staple of life in Turkey, for picking up a snack or meeting a friend for coffee and a pastry. Serender Pastanesi (bakery) has a wide variety of baked goods, both savory and sweet. Stop by for a breakfast pastry (simit or pogaca) or an afternoon sweet and enjoy the convivial atmosphere.

a option
at Çukurambar Mah. 1423 Cad. No:34


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Serender pastanesi, a tour attraction in Ãankaya TÃ&frac

Atatürk Orman Çiftliği

Why visit:

An Ankara classic, the Ataturk Forest Farm, or AOC, was established by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and donated to the Turkish State in 1937. The expansive park features farms, restaurants, and a model of the house Ataturk was born in. Visitors can sample many of the foods produced organically onsite. Locals love the ice cream and dairy products, which can be purchased elsewhere in the city but taste best at the source. Or, if you are in the mood for imbibing, there is also a brewery on site. In 2014, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused some controversy by erecting a new 1000 room Presidential Palace on the grounds of the AOC. Check it out for yourself and see what all the fuss is about.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at Gazi Mah.


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Atatürk Orman Çiftliği, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Fantasyland Oyun Merkezi

Why visit:

Gamers get ready- one hidden gem of Ankara is Fantasyland, one of the world\'s finest arcade and game centers. Fantasyland has 4 stories and over 120 game machines, and proudly touts its frequent updates, ensuring that the newest games are always available. It\'s also located near the city centre, so it\'s perfect for a stop-in after a long day of sightseeing.

a day,night,varies,just show up option
at Selanik Cad. 18/C Kızılay


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Fantasyland Oyun Merkezi, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Keçiören Teleferik

Why visit:

Although Kecioren, a suburb of Ankara, seems an unlikely place for a scenic cable car to take you high above the city, it\'s a surprisingly pleasant view. From one side, the entire Ankara metro area is visible, while the countryside sprawls out from the other. The ride is definitely not for anyone with a fear of heights, but it\'s definitely worth a visit if you can handle the car swinging. Adult tickets 5 TL, children 7-12 2.5 TL, children under 6 free.

a day,varies,check site first option
at Selanik Cad. 18/C Kızılay


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Keçiören Teleferik, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Botanik Parkı

Why visit:

The Ataturk Garden in Kecioren, next to the cable car station, also features a botanical park with 866 square meters of a botanist\'s favorite things. Even novices will appreciate the displays and the variety of trees from all around Turkey. A beautiful afternoon stroll!

a day,free option
at Selanik Cad. 18/C Kızılay


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Botanik Parkı, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

Atakule Botanik Parkı Ãankaya

Why visit:

Atakule Tower is visible from nearly everywhere in the city, and thus is a major tourist attraction. However, now that the shopping mall is closed, the tower itself is actually quite an underwhelming sight. So once you\'ve stood at the base of the tower and wondered if it was worth the trek up the massive hill to get there, check out the botanical park in the valley just below the tower. The variety of trees and winding trails are absolutely worth it, and the hills are sure to give your legs a workout.

a day option
at Ãankaya Mh., 06680 Ankara, Turkey


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Atakule Botanik Parkı Ãankaya, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

Karum

Why visit:

The Karum Shopping Mall is just north of Tunali Hilmi Street and features a range of high-end designer shops. The architecture alone is worth a stop-in, and some of the restaurants in the courtyard have great food. The shopping is a variety of local boutiques and designer brands.

a day,lunch,dinner,free,just show up option
at İran Cad. No:21


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Karum, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Cepa

Why visit:

Cepa is one of the top shopping centers of Ankara, and more affordable than the adjacent Kentpark mall. Cepa has brands such as H&M and Tommy Hilfiger, along with local Turkish stores, European brands, and an assortment of other entertainment, food, and a movie theatre.

a day,lunch,dinner,free,just show up option
at Eskişehir Yolu 7.Km


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Cepa, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Zeytinhane

Why visit:

The perfect place for souvenir shopping. Zeytinhane has a great selection of olive and olive oil products. The historic building, near the castle, provides an authentic shopping atmosphere, and the staff speaks English.

a option
at Ãengelhan


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Zeytinhane, a tour attraction in Kale Türkiye

Estergon Kalesi Kırgız Sofrası

Why visit:

While visitors may be mostly interested in Turkish food, there is a wide range of Central Asian cuisine available in the capital which most Westerners haven\'t had much exposure to. The Kyrgyz restaurant in Kecioren is a chance to sample some authentic dishes from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, while relaxing in a salon decorated in traditional Kyrgyz style. Prices are reasonable and Kyrgyz expats tend to congregate here.

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at kecioren estergon kalesi yani


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Estergon Kalesi Kırgız Sofrası, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Afganistan Sofrası

Why visit:

Ever had an ambassador cook for you? This Afghan restaurant, just a couple blocks from the main Kizilay Square, is owned and operated by the former ambassador of Afghanistan to Turkey. Stop in this second-floor restaurant for some views of the street life below, authentic delicious Afghan dishes, and traditional decor. A favorite hangout of Afghan expats.

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at Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bul. No:24/2 Çankaya


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Afganistan Sofrası, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Meşhur Özçelik Aspava

Why visit:

A favorite hangout in Ankara for cheap, quality full meals. Aspava is an inexplicable Ankara tradition: inexplicable because the food isn\'t terribly different from what you\'d find anywhere, but yet maintains a devoted, almost cult-like following of devotees. The main attraction of Aspava is the set meal: order any entree and you\'ll get a salad, fries, dessert, and tea included. Aspava is also open 24 hours, attracting the night owls.

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at Esat Cad. No:110/C Küçükesat


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Meşhur Özçelik Aspava, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

LOÇİ Lokum Çikolata

Why visit:

When the sweet tooth calls, LOÇİ answers. Probably the best place in town for freshly made lokum (Turkish delight), and also has an assortment of other chocolates and sweets for your cravings. Definitely stop in while you\'re checking out Hamamonu!

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at Talatpaşa Bulvarı No:99/Hamamönü


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LOÇİ Lokum Çikolata, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Ali Uzun Geleneksel Åekerci

Why visit:

This place is the Turkish Willy Wonka. Ali Uzun is located in Ankara and has been a city staple since 1935. Stop in for a host of mouthwatering Turkish sweets, including lokum (Turkish delight), chocolates, cookies, helva, and ezme. Or, if you\'re not hungry, stop to just admire the displays and take some pictures!

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at Talatpaşa Bulvarı No:99/Hamamönü


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Ali Uzun Geleneksel Åekerci, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

kucuk esat simitci

Why visit:

This little simit shop has the best selection of breakfast breads in Tunali Hilmi Street, and you are always sure to get something fresh and piping hot from the display case. Stop in for a cheese, sausage, or olive simit, or just let your eyes guide you to whatever looks good up front!

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at Kucuk Esat Necatibey Pasaji Cikisi


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kucuk esat simitci, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

November Pub

Why visit:

One of the oldest bars in Ankara, November has a dedicated crowd of regulars, live music three nights a week, and flamenco dance night on Tuesday!

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at Üsküp Cd. (Çevre Sk.) No:24/2 Çankaya


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November Pub, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Random

Why visit:

Near Kugulu Park several bars and restaurants all compete for attention, and since Random is downstairs it\'s easy to overlook. Which means it\'s often less crowded than the bars nearby! Random has a large patio and plenty of indoor seating. The food is great (try the fish kokorec sandwiches), the drink menu has a nice selection of cocktails, and the music is American 1980s pop/rock.

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at Tunalı Hilmi Cad. No:114 Kavaklıdere


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Random, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Kahveci Hacıbaba

Why visit:

Classical Ottoman decor, comfy pillows, and good coffee. Need I say more? The Turkish coffee may or may not be the best in town, but the atmosphere will have you convinced that it\'s the most delicious thing you\'ve ever tasted. Hacibaba also has delicious pastries and some decent sandwiches, best enjoyed on the front or back patios on a nice day.

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at Kocatepe Mah. Selanik cd. 39/B


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Kahveci Hacıbaba, a tour attraction in Kızı

Kafka Bar&Bistro

Why visit:

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at Olgunlar Cd. No:9/A


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Kafka Bar&Bistro, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

Nedjima

Why visit:

A trendy hard rock beer garden in Kizilay. Nedjima has several Turkish and European beers on tap, darts, and nargile in the back garden. Expats and international students hang out here with English-speaking Turks, so it\'s easy for foreigners to fit in here.

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at Konur 1 Sokak


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Nedjima, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Kolyoz Balık Gaziosmanpaşa

Why visit:

Gorgeously prepared fish dishes in Gaziosmanpasa in an upscale atmosphere. Try fish from the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Seas- Turks say that Ankara is the best place in the country to eat fish because it imports fish from all the coasts!

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at Filistin Cad. Attar Sok. No:8


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Kolyoz Balık Gaziosmanpaşa, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Elmadag Kayak Merkezi

Why visit:

Elmadag is the closest ski slope to Ankara, just an hour away from the city centre and accessible by coach bus or private car. It\'s small, with just two restaurants, one hotel, and one ski house owned jointly by several universities. The slopes are beginner to intermediate level, making it popular for casual skiers looking for a day trip out of the city. Equipment is available for rent at the ski house.

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at Elmadağ yolu


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Elmadag Kayak Merkezi, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

TBMM

Why visit:

Since Ankara is, after all, the capital of Turkey, it boasts some impressive government buildings in the central district which are easily accessible to visitors. Originally headquartered in Ulus, The Turkish Parliament (TBMM) now meets in an imposing palace just down the street from Guvenpark in Kizilay. The TBMM hosts public days where visitors can enter without an appointment every Saturday from 11:00-16:00.

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at Bakanlıklar


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TBMM, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Roma Tiyatrosu

Why visit:

One of the more interesting experiences is Ankara is walking through a city full of life, turning a corner and stumbling upon an archaeological excavation site on the side of the road! Just down the hill from the citadel, archaeologists are busy uncovering the remains of a Roman theater. Visitors can\'t enter the site yet, but it is along the side of a main road where the stage and backstage areas are easily visible, as are the archaeologists hard at work digging out the seating areas.

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at Bakanlıklar


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Roma Tiyatrosu, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

Papazın Bağı

Why visit:

Green space in central Ankara is hard to find, which is why anyone lucky enough to stumble across Papazin Bagi becomes an instant fan of this secret tea garden. The hanging gardens tucked away into a valley are dotted with picnic tables and fountains for a secluded afternoon tea, pastry, or water pipe. The garden also has a restaurant open in the winter, where guests can sip coffee or enjoy brunch while overlooking a snowy forest. Papazin Bagi is generally overlooked by tourists, and is something of a mythical paradise among locals, one of those \"heard of but never been\" places, so enjoy escaping the crowds!

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at Kuleli Sok. No:61 GOP


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Papazın Bağı, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Pizzacı Altan

Why visit:

Altan Pizza is a dive pizza shop with a secret treasure. Wedged between a cafe and a sandwich joint on a small corner of John F. Kennedy Street and Tunali Hilmi, this unassuming restaurant seats barely 20 people between its indoor area and patio. And yet, the owner Altan is truly a master of his craft, having studied the art of pizza in Italy and Germany. Get a fabulous thin crust for 10 TL, with a free cookie included, and then take it to a local park for a picnic.

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at john f. kennedy caddesi


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Pizzacı Altan, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Mangal Kebap

Why visit:

Kebap, kebap, and more kebap! Mangal serves every type of the classic Turkish kebap imaginable, grilled to tender perfection, along with delicious sides. If you have a group, order a samovar of tea for an extra splash of glamour. Not for the vegetarians!

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at Bestekar Sok. No:78


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Mangal Kebap, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Beypazarı

Why visit:

Beypazari is a charming hill town and a popular day trip from Ankara for those who enjoy historic buildings, traditional architecture, street markets, and local foods. You can watch artisans hand-weave carpets at the factory, take a hike through the caves, or simply stroll through the town\'s markets and shopping areas. Beypazari is locally renowned for its yaprak sarma (stuffed grape leaves), guvec (casserole baked in a clay pot), cevizli sucuk (walnut candy with dried grapes), and carrot lokum (Turkish delight). Silver jewelry is another local product. Buses are available from Ankara\'s ASTI station several times a day.

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at Bestekar Sok. No:78


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Beypazarı, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

Kizilcahamam

Why visit:

After a long few days of trekking up and down Ankara\'s hilly landscape, you may want to escape for a day trip out to Kizilcahamam, a natural hot springs spa resort tucked away in the mountains. The spa is in a national forest, so hikers can continue their treks during the day and then relax in the hot springs afterward. A refreshing breather from the city, but still brimming with Turkish hospitality. Buses are available from Ankara\'s ASTI station several times a day.

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at Bestekar Sok. No:78


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Kizilcahamam, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

NiÅantaÅı Pazarı

Why visit:

Kizilay may be the trendy spot for young people, but every Turkish housewife knows the real deals on jewelry, housewares, textiles, and antiques are found at the local bazaars. Nisantasi is one of the biggest, open several days a week and housing hundreds of vendors all scrambling for your attention. Make sure to stroll slowly and keep an eye on prices before getting the \"foreigner discount\"

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at Ä°ncirli,Ankara


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NiÅantaÅı Pazarı, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

Chiffre Cafe & Nargile Lounge

Why visit:

Nargile- hookah, water pipe, hubble-bubble, or whatever you call it, is a traditional recreation that has regained popularity among youngsters in the last ten years, as students discover the forced calm that slowly sipping a hookah with friends can provide. Chiffre is among the classier hookah joints in Ankara, with contemporary decor, backgammon sets, and a delectable array of cakes and chocolates to accompany the tea and hookah. The hookah isn\'t the cheapest in town, but you get what you pay for- a smoother taste, higher quality ingredients, and a longer lasting pipe. Prepare to relax, unless there\'s a football game, and then get ready to cheer along with the crowd that gathers in front of the large TV.

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at Ufuk is merkezi


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Chiffre Cafe & Nargile Lounge, a tour attraction in Bilkent 3 Türki

Bubbles Play Nargile Cafe Bistro

Why visit:

Bubbles is one of the few nargile (hookah) cafes in Ankara that serves both nargile and alcoholic beverages. While tea, backgammon, and nargile is the traditional combination, you may discover that a nice beer complementing the gentle smoke is more to your taste. Bubbles is known for their fruit-flavored nargile, especially the orange.

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at K.dere


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Bubbles Play Nargile Cafe Bistro, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Center

Why visit:

For the luxury or business traveler, the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center is hard to beat. Located centrally near Tunali Hilmi Caddesi, a main shopping and dining district, and directly adjacent to Karum Mall, the imposing round skyscraper is a landmark visible all around the city. Views from the top floors are stunning, and the quality and attention to customer satisfaction meet the high standards that you would expect from a Sheraton.

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at Noktalı Sk. Kavaklıdere


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Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Center, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Murphy's Dance Bar Ankara

Why visit:

Murphy\'s is a Western-style dance club located in the Hilton on Iran Caddesi near Tunali Hilmi. Classic hits, imported beers, and occasional salsa nights make this a popular go-to spot for socialites and social climbers alike. Don\'t be surprised if you find yourself on the \"society pages\" of an Ankara newspaper the next day!

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at Tahran Caddesi No:12 Çankaya


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Murphy

mithat otel

Why visit:

Hotel Mithat is a budget hotel within walking distance of all the major sights in Ankara, minutes from either Ulus or Kizilay. The English-speaking staff and clean rooms consistently receive rave reviews from travelers who are looking for a step up from a hostel, but don\'t have the budget for a big-name hotel.

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at Tahran Caddesi No:12 Çankaya


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mithat otel, a tour attraction in  Türkiye

Brasserie Bomonti

Why visit:

Efes has long been THE domestic beer of Turkey, but a few years ago Bomonti emerged on the scene, pulling in a market share with its malt flavor. In fact, Bomonti became so popular that Efes countered with its own malt beer! While this local brew is available virtually anywhere, it is best enjoyed at the Brasserie near Tunus Street with friends. Just make sure to get there early or prepare to wait for a table- this place is always hopping with a lively, young crowd.

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at Bestekar Sok. No:78/B Kavaklıdere


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Brasserie Bomonti, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Sedir Cafe & Ev Yemekleri

Why visit:

This cafe looks so unassuming, on the corner in a quiet residential neighborhood, up the hill from the trendier areas of town. But peek in the window and you\'ll see a crew of Turkish aunties hard at work rolling and cutting dough for manti (a Turkish ravioli served with yogurt sauce). The decor is simplistic, but the food- oh, the food. Try anything they recommend- the quality and price of the traditional home-style foods at Sedir is unmatched. The staff is friendly and prompt, and while nobody speaks English, they are always delighted to have foreign visitors and take extra care to make sure guests are satisfied.

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at Bestekar Sok. No:78/B Kavaklıdere


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Sedir Cafe & Ev Yemekleri, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Simit Sarayı

Why visit:

It\'s quite a thrill to buy simit (a breakfast bread) from a red cart or a traveling vendor with a stack of simit balanced on his head. But to see the limits to which simit can be taken, you must stop by a Simit Sarayi. This chain can be found all over town, and besides the basic simit and pogaca, they have simit sandwiches, pide, breads with every savory and sweet flavor you could want. Feel free to go in and browse the display cases, but be warned that you probably won\'t be walking out empty-handed!

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at Karanfil Sk. No:24/C Kızılay


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Simit Sarayı, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

Cer Modern

Why visit:

Ankara is a young city centered around government and business, but as the city grows, Ankara is starting to develop its own artistic sensibilities and style. The center of the art world in Ankara is Cer Modern, an impressive gallery showcasing contemporary art from all over the world. The best of Turkish, European, and Middle Eastern modern art is displayed in this airy, light, industrial style museum. Check the website for information about current exhibitions.

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at Altınsoy Cad. No:3 Sıhhiye


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Cer Modern, a tour attraction in Ankara Türkiye

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