I think “Breakfast Street” is the heart of Van. Even business people gather here for some important meetings. It keeps beating afternoon, too. After the breakfast serve is finished, this place turns into a restaurant street. They usually serve “kavurma” (braised meat) but also there is an ordinary restaurant between them.
I want to tell you about Birkoc, the most famous one about “kavurma”. It is the neighbor of Sutcu Fevzi, my favorite breakfast place. They also serve breakfast and I am sure their breakfast is great, too. But when it comes to kavurma, Birkoc is the one. I have read about it and also we asked about some place to have a nice kavurma to several people. The only answer we get was “Birkoc”.
I recommend you to have “cacik” (scrambled yogurt with cucumber and garlic) with your kavurma here. It is also great. I felt the portions were small because of the awesome taste of the meat. Don’t miss it.
Favorite Dish: "Cacik" and "kavurma"
This is one of the famous breakfast restaurants out of Breakfast Street. I somehow irritated when I read about this place and its owner. He is some kind of funny guy, likes to laugh and talk a lot. I didn’t want to go but one day I found myself sitting there.
We ordered the regular menu for us in Van (honey, milk cream, braised meat with eggs, otlu peynir) with tea, of course. First mistake they did was bringing the tea in cup. A good Turkish tea must be served in glasses (says the master Ozlem). Then I didn’t like their braised meat and egg, also honey and milk cream… The following day we were in the same place we had been the day before, Sutcu Fevzi.
Favorite Dish: None
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.
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.
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.
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.
i am breakfast addicted person. i might neglect suppers but breakfast is very important to me. Having a breakfast in Van , something like to find a pearl in the ocean. They serve very good quality of honey,different varieties of cheese, fried eggs with turkish salami( it called sucuk in turkish)tomatoes,olives, chestnuts,village breads and of course accompanied by TURKISH TEA !!!!
Favorite Dish: milk productions.... i will never forget the taste of the cheese :))
I love ice-cream and absolutely eat too much. In Van there are several places to get yummy ice-cream (or dondurma in Turkish). This café is just in the corner of Cumhuriyet Caddesi and Kazim Karabekir Caddesi and for a plate with a few different flavours I paid 2 000 000 TL.
There was a good restaurant at lake Van, where we entered the boats , that took us to the island of Ahtamar.
Favorite Dish: I love all sorts of turkish appetizers - mostly you may see them on display and may order with your hands, if you will not speak be able to speak the local language...
Pretty standard restaurants offering Turkish fare. A doughy ball of bulgar wheat and herbs "kurt kofte" is something special to the area. Also you can find some sharp, dry, spiced soft cheese in the bazaar.
The multitude of tea shops (with no names) show action movies in the evening.
After visiting Hosap Castle take your time and sit down to have a tea in the village Gýzelsu. The tea is never drunk in a hurry so it is very peaceful.
You might also want to buy a big tasty watermelon or other fresh fruits sold in the village.
One of the best restaurants in the world\\istanbul/kadikoy/moda/Saint-joseph French College.
I am missing in the picture as I played the cameraman from left to right: Dilek ,Serhat ,Haluk, Melek ,Geoff (honour guest) ,Diane...
Favorite Dish: See Geoff Wright s Istanbul Travelogue for the menus.This is a mixture of French/Turkish specialities
Last dinner at Damak was the The Ormon Kebab (Eggplant+Meat+Potato+Pea) for 7 TL
& a bottle of water 0.5 TL (2009/88)