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“Skip the expensive places and come here for great Turkish cuisine!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Safak

Cafe Safak
Muze Cadessi no 28 | (On the way to the Goreme open air museum), Goreme 50180, Turkey
+90 384 271 2597
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Ranked #4 of 74 Restaurants in Goreme
Price range: $3 - $9
Cuisines: Turkish, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Hi,Here are some outstanding features of our cafe:We have THE BEST espresso coffee in Cappadocia (just look at the reviews). To keep things interesting we provide daily homemade specials made by Fatma Cingitas (local of Goreme). Love our food, you'll LOVE our cooking classes, learn from the best, Fatma Cingitas, in her own cave kitchen. Enquire within the cafe. We also have daily English Newspapers available to buy/read. Free book swaps are available to take (as long as you replace with another).
Silicon Valley, California
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“Skip the expensive places and come here for great Turkish cuisine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Skip the expensive places (Orient Restaurant, etc.) and come to the Cafe Safak (in Turkish: "Şafak Cafe" -- pronounced "Sha-fak") for a great Adana Kabap or other classic Turkish cuisine! They serve a simple selection of classic Turkish dishes in an unpretentious but very fun setting. Also, they serve alcohol, including some great local red wines, at great prices. The scene is mostly young world traveler types and locals, and makes for very fun people watching. This is the best food, and the best deal, in town.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“Best latte we had in Turkey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Lovely family restaurant and we were only sorry we didn't get back to try their lentil soup. We were attracted by the sign on the way in with an Aussie trained barista and they lived up to the expectation.

Visited September 2012
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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“Mom's comfort food away from home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

If you are in Goreme town, dont miss the chance to taste the special lentil soup made by mummy Fatma. I had it twice the same day. The environment is very cozy and they played jack johnson the whole late afternoon. Highlights of my stay in Goreme Town. Thank mummy Fatma!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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washington, dc
2 reviews
“you'll eat here more than once”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We came for the lentil soup and liked it so much that we returned the following night as well. The owner was extremely friendly and never too busy to stop by your table and make sure you were enjoying your meal or to learn about your travels. Cafe Safak is cozy with outdoor and indoor seating and a varied menu. The platters and homemade bread were delicious and very flavorful.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cockburn Town, San Salvador and Rum Cay, The Bahamas
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“Lentil Soup Heaven, and more.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

The line "competition winning Lentil soup" is no lie. By far, the tastiest lentil soup we have had in Turkey so far.

The staff and owner are friendly and cheerful. Atmosphere is small and cozy with indoor and outdoor seating. They have one cushioned seating area, but that works better for water pipe then for eating.

We also have tried the sandwiches, crepes, and hummus. It is worth mentioning that the hummus is not the typical chickpea variety but a green, almost "nuttier" tasting one. It is very delicious and worth a taste.

A good choice for small snack, full meal, or drinks!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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