A guide to the best restaurants in Altinkum

Food is bound to be a key part of your Bodrum holiday, and you’ll find a varied selection of restaurants in this fun-loving beach resort. British, Mexican, Indian and Chinese occupy as much menu space as traditional Turkish. For the most authentic experience in Altinkum, head to the back streets behind Ataturk Boulevard.

Ocean views at Topkapi

Enjoy views across the Aegean Sea with the Greek island of Kos hovering on the horizon at Topkapi. Serving a wide range of inexpensive dishes from popular British bites to traditional Turkish cuisine, the main attraction here is the entertainment, with regular snake-charming, acrobatic and belly-dancing shows.

Friendly and fun atmosphere at Pinnochios

You’ll find a real mixture of plates and entertainment at this vibrant seafront restaurant ranging from traditional Turkish casseroles and mezze to classic British Sunday roasts. The kids will be happy tucking into bowls of spaghetti and the servings are so generous even the most hungry will be satisfied.

Eat with the locals at Saray Restaurant

Sit down with the locals and enjoy freshly made cheese bread served with yoghurt and tomato sauces, Turkish pizza and a selection of traditional soups, including tripe and lentil. Try the nation’s favourite drink – aryan – an ice-cold drinking yoghurt mixed with salt.

Authentic Turkish cuisine at Anadolu Sofrasi

Nestled in the centre of Didim you’ll find this popular, family-run restaurant serving authentic Turkish dishes. If you’re feeling adventurous try the Karisik soup, a mix of sheep’s head and tripe, popular with the locals. For those with a weaker stomach, the menu is overflowing with pides, Turkish pizza, and iskenda kebabs, which will put any kebab you’ve eaten at home to shame.

A taste of Italy at Circus

This small, quiet restaurant is located on the main boulevard of Altinkum and is perfect for a relaxed evening meal away from the noise of loud music and live entertainment. The menu is predominately Italian, featuring a delicious selection of pizza and pasta dishes, and if you’ve got room, ask to try the homemade tiramisu.

Watch the sun set at Sultans and Kings restaurant

Dine al fresco on the seafront terrace at Sultans and Kings, which serves a selection of Turkish and Mediterranean dishes. Let the staff help you order a selection of mezze, including stuffed vine leaves, warm hummus and crispy pastirma, a delicacy similar to cured beef. Wash it all down with some raki – an anise-flavoured liquor that no Turkey holiday is complete without trying.

Burgers and BBQ at Pelikan Bar and Restaurant

This popular bar and restaurant with sea views serves a selection of homemade burgers, steaks and fresh seafood. While the menu appears simple, every dish is made from scratch and prepared with the utmost care. Stop in for the regular barbecue night where you’ll find meats grilled to perfection, or grab a full English breakfast before hitting the beach.

Chinese cuisine at My China

Just across Dolphin Square you’ll find this family-friendly Chinese restaurant. The extensive menu includes favourites such as sweet and sour beef, spring rolls, crispy beef and mixed noodles. But if Chinese food isn’t your thing, not to worry – the restaurant also serves a selection of Mexican, Indian and International dishes.

Wonderful hospitality at Family Door

Enjoy fabulous food with impeccable service as you overlook the sea at this lovely family-run restaurant. Offering a choice of traditional Turkish cuisine and British classics, the menu caters to both the adventurous and the cautious diner, and the kids will be kept happy with the indoor play area. Don’t leave without trying the fried ice cream.

Fun-filled night at Shooting Star Restaurant and Bar

If you fancy an evening of fun and laughter while enjoying delicious British and Turkish cuisine, head over to Shooting Star. The restaurant hosts regular entertainment, including dancing shows, Turkish nights, games and barbecues, catering for all ages. After dinner, head to the bar for a game of pool or darts, or enjoy a cocktail and get on the karaoke.