Dine out and drink
The city is a focal point of Mediterranean cuisine as well as the monadic "yuruk" culture. With light flavors, the city cuisine is based on vegetables, seafood and breakfast products like jams made of citrus fruits. There are plenty of restaurants which serve Anatolian and international cuisines that suit every budget. For a stylish meal experience, head to Vanilla Lounge situated in the city's old Kaleiçi district. A fine dining restaurant, the place is a five-minute walk from Hadrian's Gate and offers modern tastes. The menu features "Vegetable Spring Rolls," "Smoked Eggplant Penne," "Confit Duck" and the "House Beef Burger," just to name a few. Another fine dining opportunity in Antalya is the Seraser Fine Dining Restaurant which combines local flavors with international tastes. Under a very unique historic ambiance in Kaleiçi, the restaurant offers a rich menu of starters like "Beef Carpaccio," pastas such as "Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms" and "Palace's Lokma," a pastry stuffed with truffle chocolate and coated with cinnamon and brown sugar; with chocolate sauce.
Last days for EXPO Antalya
Running until the end of this month, EXPO Antalya 2016 under the auspices of the Turkish Presidency is hosting more than 40 countries with several ambitious gardens. The expo venue has hosted national and international concerts, symposiums, dance performances, musicals, theaters, workshops, street entertainments and Ramadan events so far.
Guests can also taste traditional Turkish cuisine on the restaurant street composed of seven Turkish houses, each representing a specific region's tastes. Inspired by the Alp Pasha Mansion in the city, the Antalya House's signature dishes are "Burdur Şiş" (grilled lamb on skewers) and "tahinli piyaz" (haricot bean salad with tahini). For dessert, "tahinli kabak" (baked pumpkin in syrup and tahini) stands out among other choices.
Some of the ongoing events at EXPO Antalya 2016 are the "Mother Africa" performance at the Agricultural Museum, the "Ottomania" exhibition which delves into the history of the Ottomans and wars at the Congress Center, a fashion exhibition exploring the bridal tradition of yuruks, piano performances as part of the Antalya International Piano Festival which runs until Oct. 25 and traditional dance shows.
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