Turkish Delight Pt. 03: Turkish Breakfasts in Marmaris

One of the joys of visiting Turkey is without a doubt the food. We both love Turkish food with a passion and especially the bread. One of the best dishes served in Turkey is breakfast. All fresh foods (cheese, olives, tomatoes) and of course bread. And all breakfasts are served with really delicious Turkish tea.

Turkish Breakfast
A Turkish Breakfast

Turkish breakfasts are awesome and always a highlight of visiting Turkey. The plates are filled with different cheeses, black and green olives, beautiful thick Turkish bread, butter, jam and honey. And just for good measure a bottle of olive oil is thrown in just in case you want more flavor. Of course we cannot forget the slices of fresh tomatoes and cucumber that are also ever present on Turkish breakfast spreads. Side orders include sejuk (my sister calls it Turkish bacon) and boiled eggs (we usually order one each). A good Turkish breakfast is nothing without Turkish tea, and that is always in abundance. Of course the most important part of any breakfast is the company and the best company is always family and the people you love. As it was for us we were with our sister and nephew and had an awesome time.

Being in Turkey for a couple of weeks means we got to eat these traditional breakfasts in a number of restaurants. Our favorite restaurant though was a small little house in the mountains behind Marmaris. We first tried to go to an outdoor restaurant that was next to a river (and a truly beautiful place) but they were doing construction so we decided to try a different restaurant in the shadow of the mountain. The restaurant was surrounded by orange trees and scent of citrus fruit floated in the air. It was a very rustic restaurant and the perfect place to while away a cold (but sunny) winter morning eating a Turkish breakfast. The day we visited this particular restaurant was on the first day of the Chinese New Year (Year of the Rabbit) so it was a special day (especially for Queenie). You can see this restaurant in the video below.

Some of the pictures from this restaurant and the surrounding area are shown below. All I can say is that we really had an awesome time here and showed us a glimpse of the superb natural beauty of the South of Turkey.

Mountain Road
Mountain Road Near the Restaurant

Walking the Dog and Sheep
Local Walking the Dog & Sheep

Uncle Paul and Tibet in the Restaurant
Uncle Paul and Tibet in the Restaurant

Mountains Near Marmaris
Mountains Surrounding the Restaurant

Trees in the Mountains
Mountain Trees

Queenie - South of Turkey
Queenie taking an After Breakfast Walk

Cow in the Field
Cow Near the Restaurant

Judith and the Cow
Judith and the Cow

We had an amazing time in this restaurant. The chances of us ever getting back there is very remote. But we are glad we made it just once and can only pray to have the chance to return a second time.

Another amazing restaurant with a great Turkish breakfast (the one pictured at the top of this post) was a mere 15 minute walk away from Judith's house. It was on the sea with great views of the bay. We went there a couple of times for breakfast and just to hangout and walked back from there a couple of times. It was just such a magical place to eat and very often we were the only customers in the restaurant. Fantastic food, fantastic environment. Some pictures are below

Queenie in Icemeler
Queenie at Breakfast

Breakfast View
View from Seaside Restaurant

Restaurant in Icemeler
Breakfast Restaurant

Judith Waiting for Breakfast
Judith Eating Breakfast

Tibet Plays Backgammon
Tibet Playing Backgammon

Turkish breakfasts are always great. In the South of Turkey they combine with brilliant views and make the whole experience more complete and more amazing. I can't wait to go back again.

About this Series:

During Chinese New Year 2011, we headed off to the South of Turkey to visit my sister. These blog posts are short accounts of some of the things we did and appear in random, not chronological order, hence the title of the series: "Turkish Delight." We hope you enjoy the South of Turkey with us in this series.


  1. Anonymous09 May, 2011

    This kind of breakfast is delicious and so easy to prepare; no frying bacon or scrambling eggs! I highly recommend we try this kind of "Continental" breakfast for our next brunch!

    The Burning Captain

  2. But to do so requires good bread and good cheese - of course we can find plenty of mango & pineapple cheese - not sure about the bread though - ha ha ha - and yes, we should try it - but no bacon - seriously? We will need to boil some eggs & fry up some sejuk!


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