The sixth largest city in Turkey, Antep is a fertile settlement located on the Silk Road that hosted Mesopotamian and Mediterranean cultures throughout its history. Its history dates back to the Paleolithic Age when it was one of the first human settlements established in Anatolia. The best times to buy a flight ticket to Gaziantep and have a trip full of history and flavor are spring and fall.
After you fly with Pegasus with the great deals offered, you arrive at the Gaziantep Oğuzeli Airport 20 km from the city center and have a variety of options for getting there.
Havaş is the best option among these since their services are scheduled according to flight schedules. Havaş busses leave the airport 25 minutes after your landing and the trip takes approximately 35 minutes. You can also take a taxi, but the price will be much higher. If you wish to rent a car you can make a reservation using the link.
Gaziantep cuisine joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the gastronomy field in 2015 and is considered a global asset. Gaziantep cuisine offers a real treasure, especially with its kebabs and deserts, and one day is enough to try it in-situ. Just book an early morning Gaziantep flight ticket from Pegasus on a weekend, have the most delicious trip in the world and return home in the evening.
Katmerci Zekeriya Usta
One of the best spots for one of the most important flavors in Antep, katmer. You must try it for breakfast but be careful, since the perfect combination of cream and pistachios can be addictive.
Address: Çukur Mahallesi, Körükçü Sokak, B Hilmi Geçidi, No: 16/C-D, Şahinbey, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 230 09 71
The katmer of this patisserie is famous, as well as its magnificent breakfast menu. You must try it if you are a breakfast person, but do not forget to save room for the kebabs.
Address: Gazi Muhtar Paşa Boulevard, No:17, Gaziantep
Tel: 0342 215 15 00
We especially recommend cartlak kebab, to be eaten in the morning as the locals do.
Address: Gaziler Caddesi, Bayramoğlu Sokak, No: 1/B, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 230 91 82
Metanet Beyran Restaurant
Beyran is an Antep specialty that is something between a breakfast soup and a meal. It is made with mutton that is stewed for a long time. Metanet is the one and only place for this specialty. The service starts at 5 am.
Address: Kozluca Mahallesi, Kozluca Caddesi, No: 11, Tekke Camii civarı, Şahinbey, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 231 46 66
Kebapçı Halil Usta
Küşleme is a special cut of meat that you get two pieces from around the backbone of sheep. Try not to be late because they run out fast.
Address: Karşıyaka Tekel Caddesi, Öcükoğlu Sokak, No: 6, Şehitkamil, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 3231616
The restaurant was established in 1875 and is one of the best kebab spots in Antep. You must also try the carrot sliced baklava (sweet pastry).
Address: Eski Saray Caddesi, No:11/B, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 231 30 69
Antep Küşleme Meat Restaurant
The restaurant is famous for its lahmacun (thin pizza with meat sauce), and küşleme made with the fat and sinew-free meat from the back of sheep is a must try.
Address: Adana Asfaltı yolu üstü, Koçerler Benzin İstasyonu yanı, Başpınar, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 337 20 25
Baklavacı Zeki İnal
There are many places that serve baklava in Antep, but Zeki İnal is the most special and delicious.
Address: Atatürk Bulvarı, No:38/B, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 231 20 69
This centrally located historical café was established in 1635. It is a great spot to catch your breath and have a cup of coffee. Entering the building feels like entering a time warp.
Address: Arasa Meydanı, Elmacı Pazarı yanı, Şahinbey, Gaziantep
Çulcuoğlu Meat Restaurant
This restaurant feasts your eyes even before you place your order. The free appetizers are incessant, and the dishes are delicious. Finish your feast with the pistachio packed kadayıf (baked noodle desert). It is a must try.
Address: Şahinbey Mahallesi, Kalender Sokak, No:6/A, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 231 02 41
Dating to 1887, the restaurant is famous for its local dishes and kebabs. Its special square cut baklava is famous nation-wide. We also recommend an Antep specialty, the altı ezmeli kebab.
Address: Eski Hal yanı, Uzun Çarşı, No: 49, Şahinbey, Gaziantep
Te: 0 342 231 26 78
Aşina Gaziantep Cuisine
This is a great Antep restaurant that serves kebabs and local dishes. Do not leave Antep without trying the most famous and the most arduous dish of this cuisine, yuvalama.
Address: Kıbrıs Caddesi, No: 46 (Emniyet Müdürlüğü karşısı) Şehitkamil, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 220 49 49
Yörem Antep Cuisine
Enjoy the cozy and pleasant atmosphere as you taste local dishes.
Address: İncilipınar Mahallesi, 3. Cadde 15. Sokak, Ali Api Apartmanı 2/C, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 230 50 00
A great place to taste Antep’s homemade food. Yuvalama (yuvarlama) is a must try. İçli köfte (kibbeh) is also very special.
Address: Değirmiçem Mahallesi, Muammer Aksoy Bulvarı, Göğüş Caddesi, No:51, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 335 16 00
Baklavacı Güllüoğlu Elmacı Pazarı
This spot is famous as the “The Oldest Baklava Shop in the World,” serving at the same location for 150 years with a traditional operation. It is practically a school for the traditional art of baklava making where the famous Güllüoğlu Baklavası was born. You must try the warm baklava and şöbiyet in this shabby shop!
Address: Elmacı Pazarı, No:4/A, Şahinbey, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 231 21 05
When you go out for shopping in Gaziantep you will come across traditional markets and bazaars. You will find the most special examples of handicrafts and have a hard time choosing souvenirs among these artifacts.
This centrally located market offers handmade copper products that are designed both as souvenirs and for daily use. If you wish to try local drinks we recommend ehlikeyf. Look carefully inside the shops to find unique decorative objects.
Spice and Yemeni Bazaar
Located next to the Copper Bazaar, this market is decorated with yemeni (traditional shoes from this region) hanging from the ceiling. Although Antep’s traditional color is red, the shops offer a wide variety of colors and designs. Spices, pistachios and pistachio paste are also great souvenirs…
This is the main street that is simply called Çarşı (the market) by the locals and is closed to motor vehicles. The street will fulfill all your shopping needs as well as offering some relics and a great route to get to know Antep better.
Small shops located inside Bayazhan’s courtyard are the result of a project that tries to revive Antep’s endangered handicrafts. You can find very special motifs such as Antep işi and kutnu here, and buy really special gifts and souvenirs.
Gaziantep attracts domestic and foreign tourist with its many facades, and accommodation options can satisfy every visitor. Gaziantep hotels host touristic and business guests year round.
The hotel is ideal for business trips since it contains a real congress center with 8 meeting rooms and office services.
Address: Yaprak Mahallesi, Istasyon Caddesi, No: 80, Şehitkamil, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 211 00 00
In addition to many meeting rooms and halls, the hotel offers a spa, a restaurant and a bar for both business and touristic trips.
Address: Alleben Mahallesi, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 220 43 23
Designed specifically for business trips and congress organizations, the hotel contains 3 restaurants, 2 bars and a café, considering every detail for your comfort.
Address: Nesimi Mahallesi, Gaziantep Caddesi, No: 160, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 211 66 00
With a ball room, bar, restaurant and spa, it is everything you expect from a grand hotel.
Address: Sani Konukoğlu Bulvarı, No: 38 (İpekyolu), Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 324 70 90
We recommend Asude Konak for people who expect a unique experience. It is a traditional Antep home that was transformed into a boutique hotel. With fewer comforts, but more of a family atmosphere, you can stay in this small hotel and enjoy homemade food in the heart of the city.
Address: Şekeroğlu Mahallesi, Kale karşısı, Tahtani Camii arkası, Millet Sokak, No: 20, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 231 20 44
Whether you are staying for a day or a week, every moment you spend in Gaziantep will be lived to the fullest. You will be eager to visit specific locations as well as to walk each and every street. The history of this city is not hidden away in museums and fortresses, but is alive on the city’s streets and felt with every breath you take.
Zeugma Mosaic Museum
This museum was opened in 2011 to exhibit the mosaics that were revealed by the rescue excavations conducted in the ancient city of Zeugma, before it was flooded by dam water. This modernly equipped museum has one of the richest mosaic collections in the world and is a must see.
The fortress has been transformed into a museum of Antep’s independence, and you will be able to see and take photographs of the best view of the city on your way up.
Medusa Glass Art Museum
The first special glass art museum in Turkey consists of a few traditional Antep houses. Traditional handicrafts are being revived in the small workshops located in the courtyard, and it offers an interesting tour.
This is the largest zoo in Turkey, and it is a nice place to visit for kids where they can see exotic animals such as lions and jaguars.
Kastels are the most curious of structures in Antep. These unique examples of water architecture were used for various social purposes such as washing, resting and prayer, as well as for water storage. Pişirici Kastel is dated to 1282.
Although it has a plate that dates its construction to 1358, it is thought to be much older. The woodwork inside the mosque is worth seeing.
The building was constructed in 1892 and was later turned into a prison and then a mosque. It is one of the biggest mosques in Gaziantep.
Hasan Süzer Ethnographic Museum
Located in a traditional Antep house, the museum exhibits the traditional life style of Antep.
Halfeti is the oldest district of Antep, and it is 120 km from downtown Gaziantep . Halfeti has two towns, Arğıl and Yukarı Göklü, as well as 35 villages and 34 hamlets. Although it is a bit of a distance to the city of Gaziantep, it offers natural beauty and historical sites worth adding to your list of places to visit.
Zeugma is an ancient city that was founded by Seleucus I Nicator, an infantry general under Alexander the Great, around 300 BCE. It is located in the contemporary village of Belkıs, 10 km from the town of Nizip in Gaziantep. The mosaics revealed by excavations, including the Acheloos and Gypsy Girl, are exhibited in Gaziantep Museum.
Bayazhan Gaziantep City Museum
Bayazhan was built by Bayaz Ahmet Efendi in 1909, and it took on its contemporary function as a museum after immense restoration works. The museum aims to display every aspect of the city of Gaziantep and contains small shops inside its courtyard. It deserves a visit.
Emine Göğüş Museum of Gastronomy
The museum aims to exhibit Antep’s rich gastronomical culture and is visited frequently by tourists. The food in this city is so good that everyone is interested in visiting the museum of gastronomy when they hear about it.
This neighborhood surrounds the Gaziantep Fortress and constitutes the heart of the Old City. The narrow streets are packed with touristic attractions. You can take a pleasant walk here and see a lot of historical buildings.
The neighborhood contains many traditional Antep houses that have been restored and protected. You can feel the historical atmosphere of the city more clearly when you walk its streets, and there are many cafés and restaurants in this neighborhood.
This neighborhood has a poorer appearance and a denser population. You can get to know Antep much better and even discover some small treasures.
Gazi Muhtar Paşa Boulevard and Surroundings
This wide street is located in a rapidly developing section of Antep, and it represents the modern face of Antep with shops that sell luxury brands, high rise buildings and shopping centers.
Like any city with a university, Gaziantep also has a vibrant nightlife. Four different universities attract a large young population to the city. Here are some of the hot spots:
Located in a traditional Antep house, it has a cool and pleasant courtyard shaded by trees. The top floor contains a room with spectacular murals. The café is mostly frequented by students, and it is open until 10 pm.
Address: Atatürk Bulvarı, Noter Sokak, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 220 32 79
Deep Night Club
This night club is located inside Dedeman Hotel. It is open between 10 pm and 4 am with Turkish and foreign music. It is one of the first venues that comes to mind when looking for entertainment in the city, and it has the capacity to serve 100 people.
Address: Nesimi Mahallesi, Gaziantep Caddesi, No: 160, 27120, Aktoprak, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 211 66 00
SPR Pub Restaurant
Decorated like an English pub, the venue hosts salsa parties and live performances.
Address: Bayazhan, Akyol Mahallesi, Kırkayak Parkı karşısı, Gaziantep
Tel: 0 342 221 02 12
La Mia Verita
This rock-n-roll concert venue is one of Antep’s most famous spots for entertainment.
Address: Osmangazi Mahallesi, 56240. Cadde, No: 3, Zirve Park, Şehitkamil, Gaziantep
Tel: 342 338 64 44
With live Turkish music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays, this bar has a young customer profile and is a favorite for birthday parties.
Zılgıt has authentic decoration adorned with Turkish carpets, rugs and cushions and live music every night.
Address: Kayacık Sokak, Gaziantep
0 342 230 0490
Provincial Code: 0 342
Provincial Directorate of Tourism: 0 342 230 59 69
Police: 0 342 230 18 30
Gendarmerie Emergency: 156
Pharmacies on Duty: 118
Police Emergency: 155
Medical Emergency: 112
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