To my surprise, Cappadocia had some of the tastiest food I’ve ever had while traveling.
Most of the restaurants in Cappadocia are owned by families who cook the food and serve you. Not only are the restaurants in Cappadocia family-owned, but many of them also use locally sourced ingredients.
Truly, I was blown away by the Turkish cuisine in such a touristy destination.
Here are some of the best restaurants in Cappadocia that will absolutely stun your tastebuds.
When I was planning my trip to Goreme, I was quite surprised by how few travel guides existed. I found myself scouring the internet for things to do in Goreme that were beyond the obvious.
Here are 15 Cappadocia things to do in Goreme that you can’t leave without doing.
1. Sit on a Hotel Rooftop
While it might be difficult to wake up early as you’re sleeping deeply in your cave room, watching the hot air balloons take off on your hotel rooftop as you eat a lavish breakfast is the best way to start your mornings in Goreme.
Most of the boutique hotels in Goreme have elaborately decorated rooftops that offer stunning views of Goreme, with or without the balloons!
2. Sleep in a Cave Hotel
Cave hotels in Cappadocia totally live up to the hype. You’ll sleep like a baby! Not to mention they are beautiful and offer a truly unique hotel experience.
Below you can find a list of the top 3 Hot Air Balloon Tours in Goreme. Butterfly, Royal, and Turquaz consistently provide the best balloon experiences.
6. Have a Drink At Organic Wine House
If you’re looking for a bit of “nightlife” check out Organic Wine House. It’s a sit-down chic bar with wood fires and wine tastings.
I was traveling during the off-season so there weren’t a lot of options for nightlife (it might be different in the summer). Organic Wine House was a nice chill spot for a late-night glass of wine.
7. Watch the Balloons Take Off
I know what you’re thinking.. “You want me to watch the balloons on a rooftop, ride in the balloons, and then watch them at their launch sight?” And the answer is YES!
The great thing about the balloons in Cappadocia is they simply don’t get old.
Unfortunately on your day of take-off, it can be tricky navigating how to watch the balloons launch. People will pay extra to be on first flights, and they are missing out because they miss the launch off (since they are already in the balloons).
The second flight is the way to go because you get to watch the balloons light up as they launch. Also, you will get spectacular photos.
8. Take a Turkish Bath
Formal bathing is a big part of Turkish culture. Schedule a traditional Hammam at Kelebek Hamam in Goreme or book a mud cave experience tour here.
9. Have Dinner At Pumpkin Restaurant
After eating at dozens of restaurants in my 1-week stay in Goreme, I can confirm that Pumpkin is the best restaurant in Cappadocia.
Even during the off-season, you won’t get in without a reservation.