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Eating and Accommodation Tips

1. Types of Restaurant

Lokantas are day-to-day eateries. They range from self-service cafeterias to full-service brasserie-style places. Prices are affordable, but few serve alcohol. A cheap self-service café may also be known as a bufé. The restoran is upmarket; if the word balık is included, the place specializes in fish and seafood.

2. Fast Food

The kebapcı serves kebabs and lahmacun, a sort of thin pancake with a savoury topping; the dönerci, döner kebabs and other roast meat. The pideci is the Turkish equivalent of a pizzeria.

3. Meyhanes, Nargile and Other Cafes

If you fancy a drink and live music with a meal, try a meyhane. If you want to chill out in a haze of smoke, head for a nargile café, where you’ll be ...

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