Destination Guide to Turkey
Restaurants, Shopping, Markets
The majority of the restaurants are situated at the heart of Kalkan’s maze of cobbled streets. In the evening, the pretty harbour-front and the picturesque streets come alive and you will doubtless be tempted to sample the local cuisine by the aromas drifting into the street. The village offers a high number of quality restaurants and lokantas (tavernas) serving a variety of cuisines, including traditional Turkish, Mediterranean specialities, and locally caught fresh fish. After dinner you may wish to try one of Kalkan’s few late night bars to relax further into the evening.
In the heart of Kaş, hidden away on narrow cobbled streets and in flag-stoned courtyards you will come across many good restaurants serving classic Turkish cuisine, while rooftop bars are ideal for an aperitif.
In the Nearby Villages
The area around Kalkan is renowned for its trout restaurants – in particular the village of Islamlar (a 25-minute drive from Kalkan). The trout restaurants offer wonderful views and provide very memorable meals, which
are simple and freshly cooked. Typical food on offer consists of local meze (similar to tapas), fried goats’ cheese, salads, sumptuous local trout and fresh fruit.
Shopping and Markets
Amongst the winding, cobbled streets of Kalkan and the terraces of whitewashed houses lies a whole array of shops and boutiques. Diving down the narrow alleyways you will soon find all manner of carpet bazaars, antiques, arts and crafts and jewellery shops. The weekly market is held on Thursdays, opposite the school on the hill following the road out of Kalkan village centre. It is open from 09.00 – 17.30 and sells, among other things, T-shirts, jeans, watches, tablecloths, household items and local produce.
Kaş is a busy market town and although tourism is prevalent, it does remain a lively and charming place where you can get a real sense of Turkish life. The streets are packed with shops spilling out their wares of trinkets onto the pavements.
The small, traditional market is held out of town every Friday, on the main road to Kalkan. Typical goods available are much the same as you would get at other markets but you can also find local designers tailoring to order from hand-woven fabrics produced in the nearby villages.