Akdamar Restaurant: Akdamar Restaurant and Camping
The Restaurant is just opposite the Akdmar Island where the boats go to the Island.
They have very delicious fish from the Lake and traditional foods
and camping is available with hot water. Camping is free
Favorite Dish: Tava and Lake Van fish
o Gun Pide: Traditional Lahmacun
2nd & last meal was 2 another dishes of Lahmacuna (a Traditional meal, like pizza) in 2nd visit of Van.
this time at small shop in far west of Kazim Karabekir cad. as I guess no tourist go there.
the good point was u can see the Lahmacun process also this small restaurant main food is Lahmacun.
I will go there again for more delicious dishes of Lahmacun for 1.5TL(2010/88)
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Halil Ibrahim Sofrasi: 1st taste of Lahmacun
we had our 1st launch in 2nd visit of Van at Halil Ibrahim Sofrasi a clean & Lux restaurant with polite waiters.
this time we looked for Lahmacun, a Traditional meal, it's like pizza.
they have 4 type of Lahmacun in Halil Ibrahim Sofrasi.
we tried ordinary Lahmacun (5TL) & one with meat slices (9TL) + a glass of Ayran(Doq in persian) & a bottle of water (2010/88)
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
Damak Kebap: Aduna Kebap at Damak Kebap
we arrived to van at ~10 pm, we were very hungry, walked to south of Cumhuriyet cad. & found small shop the Damak Kebap & it's very hospitable owner.
we had Aduna Kebap, it is something like as Kabab Kobide in Iran but different Delicious taste.
2 skewer of spicy grind meat with salad costs & a glass of water for 6 TL (2009/88)
It was the best meal that I had in van.
Safa 3 chorba Pacha: 1st breakfast at Safa 3
We start 1st morning at van with Chorba (soup) in Safa 3.
chorba Pacha restaurants are same as Kale pazi in Iran, serve head & leg of limbs but difference is they don't serve a full leg or head just slice of meat in soup (Pacha).
Chorba seems was simple delicious spicy soup without meat.
& after meal they served us with a cup of tea.
chorba 3 TL
Pacha 3.5 TL
Yigitoglu: Don't Miss The Ice Cream
They still produce & serve Ice Cream in the old style & it was very interesting for me to experience it which it's about 40 years that we don't have it in Iran.
Don't miss the yummy Ice Creams just for 1 TL. (2009/88)
Akdamar restaurant: Kurdish meal
after visiting Akdamar island we had 2nd lunch at Akdamar restaurant that located opposite of Akdamar Iskelesi(harbor).
the top 2 meals were a Kurdish meal (Meat+Tomato+Red rice) for 15 TL
& a sea food by Van Fishes for 12.5 TL
& 1 TL for bottle of water. (2009/88)
I liked the Kurdish meal the taste was interesting but it was expensive!
- Hiking and Walking
- Road Trip
- Sailing and Boating
Don't Miss The Breakfast in Van
at last day in Van, we just had half hour to find somewhere for breakfast.
we checked the alleys around Kazim Karabekir junction & just found a tea house & its friendly owner invited us to have his own breakfast, we didn't accept his honest invitation & then guided us to shop in alley around the Tamara hotel.
at last we found the small cafe & our in style Breakfast: Butter, honey, milk cream, local cheese with herbs, yogurt with herbs & a glass of turkish tea.
the price was 7 TL (2009/88)
Breakfast in van is special meal & great experience that should not miss. specially milk cream & yogurt with herbs has particular & interesting taste.
Ustam catering: Sulu Yemek & Pilav
we had our 2nd dinner at Ustam the bigger & luxe restaurant rather than last ones.
The Sulu Yemek (Eggplant+meat+Potato) & Pilav (Rice) & Ayran(Doq in persian) was what we had for 4.5 TL (2009/88)
I don't dislike it & the taste was different but I won't have it again.
- Hiking and Walking
VAN STYLE BREAKFAST
As every friend or relative who has been there before will tell you, breakfast in Van is something you must not miss. Breakfast restaurants line an entire street and are famous for their local products.
Favorite Dish: Tourist guidebooks all speak highly of the breakfast menu, which includes Van's famous herb cheese, honey, cream and other items with peculiar local names.
Yali Restaurant: Van Fish
The lake has a very special fish. We were told that the restaurants at the port (iskele) are good. Yet we took another local advice to drive toward Edremit and try Yali, next to Merit Hotel Sahmaran. The fish was very fresh and with the location next to lake, the sunset was a beautiful experience. Try the pan fried as well as grilled, with salad and raki.
Tamara Hotel Grill: Grill Experience
Especially during religious holidays, it is not easy to find good restaurnts open. Tamara Hotel has a very nice grill restaurant in which you can grill your own meat and vegs, selected from the kitchen. Good experience and fun.
Sutcu Fevzi: Van Breakfast
Breakfast is special in Van, and Fevzi is a premium place to try it. It is in the middle of the breakfast street, next to Cumhuriyet Cd, main street in Van. Go there and try the sampler. You get little bit of everything. From more common white cheese and tomatoes, to local cheese (with herbs), honey, cream, murtua, kavut etc. With lots of tea, as you'll experience everywhere in Van.
Cafes and "pastane"s
In Van cafes and "pastane" serving a selection of coffees, teas, cakes, sweets etc are very popular and quite good quality.
Guven: (Cumhuriyet Caddesi) Nice cakes, sweets and some fast food with several floors. Also serves very good quality EDO ice cream which comes in many varieties.
Sacibeyaz: (Maras) The most popular pastane in Van. Good ice cream, baklava, cakes and so on. Upstairs is more like a restaurant with some treats very hard to find in the east including pasta dishes, Mexican wraps and good salads.
Mado (Maras): Local branch of the popular pastane chain. Expensive but you can get cheesecake here.
If you're bored of the standard Turkish fare by the time you get to Van, there are some more familiar restaurants generally serving students...
Grand Pizza: The pizzas are very average but also very cheap and the menus with deep fried chicken, chips etc are very good value and filling. Nice atmosphere with students, teachers, Turks from the west of the country etc.
Pasaport Pizza: The only place where you can get garlic bread and onion rings in Van! An extensive menu of pizza and chicken with plenty of side dishes and the usual high fat treats. Nice large venue near to the state theatre.
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