Eating Drinking

Syrian influences permeate Antakya's cuisine. Handfuls of mint and wedges of lemon accompany many kebaps. Hummus, rare elsewhere in Turkey, is readily available here. Many main courses and salads are dusted with fiery pepper; if this isn't to your taste, ask for yours acisiz (without hot pepper).

For dessert, try the local speciality, kiinefe, a cake of fine shredded wheat laid over a dollop of fresh, mild cheese, on a layer of sugar syrup, topped with chopped walnuts and baked. Try and get it hot, straight from the oven. Shops at the northern end of Hurriyet Caddesi sell it. Krai Kiinefe near the Ulu Cami is the most popular of these, and has seating upstairs and outside.

A good place to hang out is the riverside Antakya Belediyesi Park, a few blocks southwest of the museum. Here you'll find tea gardens, such as the Sarmajik Qay Bah^esi, as well as shady promenades.

Super 96 (Kutlu Sokak; meals €2-3) A fast-food and lahmacim joint popular with teenagers.

Sultan Sofrasi (§ 213 8759; istiklal Caddesi 20; meals around €5) Right next door to the Mosaic Hotel, this is a cheap eatery that packs in the locals at lunchtime. Try the Iskender doner or a kebap. The siitlaf (rice pudding) is also quite good.

Han Restaurant (§ 215 8538; Hurriyet Caddesi 17/1; meals €5-7) One of the city's most enjoyable eateries, with a fantastic ískender doner, wonderful kiine fe, and an almost comically attentive staff. The outdoor terrace is an absolute delight on a cool evening.

Antakya Evi (@ 214 1350; Silahli KuwetlerCaddesi 3; meals €6-9) With a name like Antakya Evi (evi means home), it's littie wonder that dining here feels much like eating at a friend's place. Tastefully decorated with photos and antique furniture, and serving toothsome kebaps and standard grills.

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