Located within the bazaar street of Hasankeyf, this shabby looking café offers exceptional views over the Tigris from its back terrace. Even though it was relatively cold in December, we were able to sit outside for a Turkish coffee and a quick snack before leaving Hasankeyf to explore the Tur Abdin region further south.
When I was there, 2012, there were not many restaurants and what they had was a bit expensive, at least compared to what is typical in Turkey. There wasn't a lot of variety. Even though it's a popular tourist destination Hasankeyf is still a very small town without a lot of amenities. I didn't see any places that sold alcohol either in the whole town.
This is the first place I had a hot cup of tea while taking a rest taking in the beauty of the Tigris river and the cave dwellings on the other side of the river.
There are 3 or 4 riverside restaurants along the length of the Tigris serving grilled fish but a bit costly than what I get from Hasbahce. One of them with a friendly staff is the Ozoglu Cardak.
They have several shaded resting square nests furnished with large pillows and a low round table in the middle for dining. All lined up along the river bank, so you’ll be dining on the river with a nice view of the carved caves on the rock mountain in front.
Favorite Dish: Grilled fish.
Another tourist-geared restaurant with a large terrace hanging above the river is the Yolgecen Hani. I can’t vouch for the quality of food and service as I did not take any meals here but for tourist information only.
They have a big stilt-supported terrace right standing on the river very near the remnants of the historical bridge.
This is one of those restaurants geared towards tourists either local or foreign. Specialty if pide (Turkish pizza) which I find a bit expensive at TL15 including a small bottle of coke.
They have a sitting area on the terrace overlooking the river and the old bridge. It is located one building away from the main Ataturk Cad. along Kale Cadessi where you’ll also find the bazaar.
The guy at the cashier who is also serving food irked me a bit with his half-baked jokes which I find unsuccessful bordering insult.
If you’re into touristic joints, this one falls on that, otherwise, I won’t trade the delicious and sumptuous fish lunch at Hasbahce for a mediocre pizza lunch at Elit Café. Nice view of the river though while having your pide.
Lokantasi is a Turkish word for local restaurant, and Nehir Lokantasi is a friendly neighborhood restaurant located right along the main highway of Ataturk Cadessi, on your right side if you’re facing the bridge beside a ministore and the dolmush (shared van) waiting for passengers going to Batman.
I took my corba (soup) breakfast with fresh breads here at a so cheap price of TL 2.50 or 2? They also serve lunch and dinner or just a hot cup of tea. They have a dining area inside the restaurant and also outside just in front but under the shade. It looks like it isn’t a touristic restaurant, so good for travelers on a budget.
A cup of tea costs only TL1, and the owner is a very courteous and friendly fellow.
Favorite Dish: Kahvalti and soup.
Hasankeyf Hasbahce, not only accommodate guests on its several units of rooms lining up above the large garden, also serves the freshest, most delicious grilled fish in town.
The live trouts swimming on its two fountain ponds in the garden are served as grilled – or may be fried. I took two meals of those big delicious trouts, more than a foot-long, caught fresh from the pond, grilled and served with flavourful salad, and a fresh glass of pomegranate, only for TL15.
Local travelers pass by Hasankeyf just to have a sumptuous fish lunch at the Hasbahce. And you’ll be dining amidst a large lush garden with live chickens and turkey roaming around.
Great place to take a rest and friendly family to chat with.
Favorite Dish: Freshly grilled trout and sumptous salad.
If you are touring Hasenkeyf, this is THE place to eat. This is probably the most unique place I ate at in Turkey. The restuarant is in a cave, complete with waterfalls. The establishment is located immediately beneath the summit of Hasenkeyf, along the banks of the Tigris River. This is the area where a number of vendors have booths along the water's edge.
on riverside:tables put on the river....so you can enjoy fish ,legs in refreshing tigris waters!
unfortunately,no beers at all!