If you come to Gaziantep for travel or visit to some friends. You should know what you can do in Gaziantep. I hope this post will be helpful for you.
First lets learn about some information about this city. I was born in this city. For that please trust my experience. Some tourist and alien people first asking this question.
Gaziantep is safe city or not?
You can see everywhere good and bad people. For that i can say yes safe and not. But the Gaziantep haven’t night life. This is bad thing i know. When time ise almost evening 8-9, in city center, closing all shops.
The Gaziantep is actually two part. One part is old place and some traditional foods and something you can find in this part. The second part is generally full with new building. You dont have to visit second part.. Because not interesting. For that first part will be better for you. Also i advise that.
Gaziantep has been added to the list in the gastronomy category of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. Because the Gaziantep is have almost 500 kind of foods. You shoul test some traditional food. But be carefull. Because you will be fat. After visit to Gaziantep.
What you can eat in Gaziantep?
İf you are vegetarian, i think this is not good for you. But dont worry of course you can find some vegetarian food. But almost all traditional food is cooking with meat in Gaziantep.
Try all kind of kebap and traditional foods.
Some place names near to city center :
Sakıp Usta (Sakıp Usta is for me the best place of city center. Also not so expensive)
Yener Usta (The place is near to Gaziantep castle.)
İmam Çağdaş (Little expensive but you can find all kind of traditional food.)
Try katmer !
Actually we are eating that for breakfast. This is sweet something. Milk and pistachio inside of katmer. Some place names near to city center : Katmerci Zekeriya Usta (But you must go early. Morning like 8-9.)
Try baklava !
Baklava is also traditional sweet of Gaziantep. But if you coming first time this city. Try to best Baklava.. Some place names near to city center. You can find it very easy on google maps :
In the city of Gaziantep, Turkey, is the biggest mosaic museum in the world, containing 1700m2 of mosaics. It opened to the public on 9 September 2011. You can visit also that museum. Entry for one person : 10 tl. Click and see on google maps
Toys Museum :
With more to peruse than any of its predecessors, Turkey’s fourth toy museum opened in the southeastern province of Gaziantep on April 6. The museum is a more-developed version of the toy museum found in Istanbul’s Göztepe neighborhood. The Gaziantep Toy Museum will not only display old toys but will also exhibit how the development of civilization is reflected through toys. It also includes a rich collection of rag dolls and wooden toys. Click and see on google maps
Gaziantep have a lot of museum. For best 10 museum of Gaziantep you can click here.
Some Other Popular Place in Gaziantep
Zincirli Bedesten :
Gaziantep’s labyrinthine bazaar includes the Zincirli Bedesten, now restored and full of metalworkers and shoemakers. Excellent food markets include mini-mountains of spices and graceful garlands of dried chillies. South of the Zincirli Bedesten, in the Elmacı Pazarı area, is the original Güllüoğlu baklava shop.
Tahmis Cafe :
You can visit also Tahmin Kahvesi after bakırcılar çarşısı. Because very near to Bakırcılar çarşısı. Tahmis Cafe was ordered to be built by the Turkmen Agha and Flag Officer Mustapha Aga Bin Yusuf in 1635-1638 in order to create income for the Mevlevi Lodge. The Mevlevi Lodge has undergone two great fires in 1901 and 1903. The Sheik Münip Efendi, son of Feyzullah and the sheik of the Mevlevi Lodge, had the Tahmis Cafe and 33 stores rebuilt. Tahmis Cafe was for many years also called the “Löküslü Cafe” and the ”Tömbekici Cafe”
This place also very near to Tahmis Cafe and Zincirli Bedesten. You can find and buy traditional everything. In particular, there are many local products such as handcrafted copper ware, spices, kutnu fabric, yemeni.
Castle, located in the city center. You can find very easy. Even though the castle was built in the Roman period, the focus of its exhibitions and displays is about the role of Gaziantep during the Turkish war of independence. The original name of the city was Antep but after World War 1, former Ottoman territory became a land grab by allied forces. The French headed to Antep, one of the oldest cities in the region.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (later the founder of the Republic of Turkey) was busily organizing forces to start a war of independence and he sent messages to the leaders of Antep to fight. They did exactly that and more.
Women and children fought beside the men. Even when the city was starving because the French cut off food supplies, they refused to surrender. Our elders still tell these stories. Men with former army experience organized raids and attacks on the enemy despite being outnumbered. Eventually the French retreated and in 1921, Antep had the word “Gazi” added to its name.
Bad or good doesn’t matter. If you visited Gaziantep, please comment your opinion.