We all want to have some good, authentic local food when we travel, therefore our stomachs should not be forgotten when deciding on a holiday destination! Cesme, being one of the most scenic destinations, is also famous for its restaurants, bars and cafes all offering a tantalizing mix of traditional Aegean and modern Turkish cuisine. Here's our top 4 foodie hotspots all tried and tested by the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme team. Bon appétit!
The restaurant’s name comes from old Turkish and it means “the last sip of your drink”. Cura is located in one of the narrow stone streets of the town of Alacati and it has a great atmosphere, good music and also great food. For those inclined to carnivore tastes, Cura is the right choice. It also has a nice fireplace for cooler winter days. The menu has traditional meat dishes, Aegean “meze”s and a selection of very nice local wines – delightful! Perfect stop for your local foodie list.
Address: Cumhuriyet Cad. No:10, Alacati, Cesme
Contact: +90 232 716 6361
Are you a pizza person? Now, we’re talking about some seriously good, thin-crusted pizza deliciousness made in a stone wood-fired oven!
Kolburano’s is located in the small town of Reisdere which is only a 20-minute driving distance from the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme. When you enter this cozy, spacious and tasteful old stone building, which used to be a carpenter’s workshop, you’ll instantly get that “local” feeling. Owned and run by a young couple, this place quickly became one of the most popular pizza joints in the area. Their menu has Italian style pizzas, traditional casserole meals, and some really tasty wines as well...
Address: 6019 Sok. No:3 Reisdere, Cesme
Contact: +90 232 716 6361
Eflatun is the Turkish name for the philosopher, Platon but also a color: lilac, which is the color of lavenders.
It’s a real hidden gem located in the narrow streets of Alacati, in Hacimemis district. They define themselves as a “Unique Aegean Rustic Kitchen” and their motto is “come hungry, leave happy!” which is definitely the case. They offer a genuine Aegean homemade food experience. Choose your daily made starters (mezes) from the wooden table inside and then order a delightful main dish. One of our favorites here are the mussels with white wine and garlic - a must-try!
Address: Hacımemiş Mahallesi 2012
Sokak No: 9, Alaçatı, Çeşme
Contact: +90 232 716 68 58
Horasan Fish Restaurant
If you’re into some really good, fresh and local seafood in Cesme then this one’s for you! Horasan is a small and friendly restaurant located in Cesme Bazaar and run by the owners of the neighboring fish shop. There are only six outside tables and three inside tables so we recommend you book in advance. They have fresh mezes, daily fish and occasionally some seafood pasta – the tastiest in town. Another heads up is to take some cash with you, as they are old school and no credit cards accepted!
Have we whet your appetite yet? If you're looking for more about this perfect holiday destination, check out our blog post on the top 10 things to do in Cesme when you need a break from the beach.