This is the name of a coffe / tea house along the main road of old Mardin. I accidentally went in to have a hot tea when I discovered that their terrace and wall to wall windows offer a great view of the Mesopotamian plains. The view is the top of the Ulu Camii with its tall minaret and interesting ribbed dome against the wonderful backdrop of the green plains below and small villages plus of course Syria on the horizon.
The tea house has authentic atmosphere, some Arabic décor and a lot of chairs a tables, it’s very spacious with a large veranda on one corner where you can also sit, relax and wonder at the beautiful view of the plains – that is – if there’s a vacant table as it’s always occupied mostly by locals tourists.
They serve tea, Turkish coffee, nargile and local dishes. At times I think they have live local bands playing at this venue. Tea is so cheap at TL1 considering the nice views.
The entrance is very narrow so be careful not to miss it.
Open from 8am til 12mn
Favorite Dish: Turkish coffee, tea and hookah.
Located next to the old palatial post office building, at the western end of Mardin, Kamer is a small unpretentious restaurant. It serves local dishes prepared by local women, so it gives the diner a taste of a home cooked meal. The ambiance is very welcoming and the food tasty, and if that's not enough, the restaurant supports a great cause. It was created by a foundation called Kamer Vakfi, which helps to support local women, especially against domestic violence. By opening this restaurant, one out of many in the region, the foundation employs, empowers, and educates local women.
One of the few elegant dining options in Mardin, the restaurant at Erdoba Evleri hotel is actually very good. The dining room is located in the sumptuous old part of the building, with stunning original stone decorations and vaulted ceilings, typical of old Mardin palaces. Tasty local dishes from all over south-east Turkey are served at reasonable prices despite the white table cloth. Note that the restaurant does not offer alcohol.
Housed in an ancient stone mansion with panoramic views over the flat plains of Mesopotamia, Cercis Murat is reputedly the best restaurant in Mardin. Our lunch here on 25th December 2012 confirmed this, so we returned again on the following day! The restaurant serves tasty dishes prepared in the style of Mardin and its surrounding region, such as rice with lamb, fried kibbeh, pomegranate salad, and lentil soup. It also serves alcohol. Cercis Murat is an obligatory stop for anyone visiting Mardin.
Several cafes and restaurants fill a restored han/kervansaray on the main road in Mardin. Head upstairs to a very good all-day breakfast venue and cafe.
Live music and raki-fuelled dancing in the courtyard seems to be a nightly event, and I stood on the road above the kervansaray trying to get a good photo...wasn't very successful, and neither were my attempts at filming using the video setting. Being on my own, I didn't fancy it at night, but in the daytime it is a great place to stop for coffee or a bite to eat.
Favorite Dish: It began to rain while I was drinking coffee, so I asked the waiter about food. He suggested breakfast, as that was their speciality. It was well past midday, but that didn't seem to matter. Ten minutes later, a huge tray arrived, and he laughed as he saw my face...I was expecting one plate with maybe some cheese, bread, olives and jam on it, the standard Turkish breakfast...but no, here they take it very seriously. White cheese, yellow kasar cheese, three other types of local cheese (one with cardamom and cloves), 3 types of olives, honey with local butter, tomatoes, slices of orange, a 3-egg omelette, a plate of chips, and a basket of fresh bread, all washed down with endless tea. Far too much for one person, but I gave it my best shot!
I was expecting to be ripped off, as I hadn't bothered asking the price...but when the bill came, it was a surprise. 14 YTL for everything, which included all the coffees and bottles of water I'd drank beforehand.
This is an old house converted to a restaurant.The owners try very much to serve the best examples of local food .Mardin Food is famous with his salads with grenadine
After the meal you can enjoy to take your coffe with the pittoresque view of mardin