Antalya’s 10 Best Cultural Restaurants: Exquisite Dining in Turkey


A popular summer holiday destination in Turkey, Antalya offers the complete package: gorgeous beaches, traces of Ottoman history and great restaurants that cater to the most diverse and sophisticated of tastes. Eating out in this seaside resort is a culinary adventure offering not only the best of Turkish, but also international cuisines. Our curated guide explores the top ten restaurants in Antalya.

Club Arma

One of the most established restaurants in Antalya, Club Arma greets its guests with wonderful views over the old city and the marina. Built by Italians in the late 19th century, the restaurant’s building has served many purposes over the centuries, including a flourmill and a flour storage point. A true fusion of cultural influences is noticeable in Club Arma’s design, as the stones of the columns are typical of ancient Antalya, while the bricks and arches are reminders of the building’s Italian construction. Club Arma offers an a la carte menu with fresh fish, seafood and a solid range of Mediterranean dishes.

Kaleici Yat Limani | iskele Caddesi 75, Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 244 9710

Vanilla Lounge

Just five minutes away from one of the landmarks of Antalya’s old city, Hadrian’s Gate, Vanilla Lounge portrays an unconventional encounter between its contemporary cuisine and the traditional Ottoman architecture that surrounds the restaurant. Run by a British chef and his Turkish wife, Vanilla Lounge is a great place to taste a rich array of international dishes. The menu consists of fresh ingredients, and represents a mix of both traditional and modern cooking techniques with inviting dishes such as pumpkin, coconut and lemongrass soup, wild mushroom tagliatelle or the succulent braised beef short ribs.

Hesapci 33, Kaleici, Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 247 6013