Eating in Safranbolu

For food lovers, Safranbolu is a treat. There are several very good restaurants in the old town as well as a unique local cuisine.

I ate at two different restaurants in town. The first was on a small rooftop terrace at Kazan Ocağı. They serve homemade cuisine typical of Safranbolu. Service is slow but it’s well worth it because the food is excellent. I ate yayım (buttered noodles served with cheese and crushed walnuts) and etli yaprak sarma (meat wrapped in grape leaves and topped with yogurt). I finished off the meal with baklava and çay (tea).

Etli yaprak sarma at Kazan Ocağı in Safranbolu, Turkey

Etli yaprak sarma at Kazan Ocağı

Baklava at Kazan Ocağı in Safranbolu, Turkey

Baklava at Kazan Ocağı

The other night, I ate at Hanım Sultan Ev Yemekleri. It was also good but I wasn’t as satisfied as I was at Kazan Ocağı. I had yuvarlama (a meatball stew) and yayım.

Hanım Sultan Ev Yemekleri in Safranbolu, Turkey

Hanım Sultan Ev Yemekleri

Yuvarlama at Hanım Sultan Ev Yemekleri in Safranbolu, Turkey

Yuvarlama at Hanım Sultan Ev Yemekleri

Yayım at Hanım Sultan Ev Yemekleri in Safranbolu, Turkey

Yayım at Hanım Sultan Ev Yemekleri

For sampling Safranbolu’s saffron tea, head up to Hıdırlık Tepesi Çay Bahçesi. You’ll be able to sip on tea or Turkish coffee with panoramic views of the old town.

Try the kuyu kebabı if you come across it. This local dish is lamb meat cooked in a hole.

Safranbolu, Turkey

Safranbolu

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