25 things to do

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Star Cave Pension

Great outdoor lounges and relaxed atmosphere. Includes a mediocre breakfast. All rooms built in caves with ensuites. Don't expect for promises of free transfers to the bus station to come to fruition though as the manager forgot us. The receptionist walked us. The Australian seems to have left to be replaced with a middle aged and a young Turkish guy. They were not good hosts unless you were handing them money. Whereas many hostels make cheap meals at a nominal price, this hostel offers an occasional meal at restaurant prices. Although it is not bad, going to an actual restaurant might be more economical.

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Kose Pension

This seems to be the only remaining real budget option in town, with a big roof top dorm. It is family owned and run, and the staff are very helpful, and provide any information about your stay in Goreme. It's clean, tidy, and has a nice view from the roof and dorm balconies. Free wifi throughout the building, and computer free for use. Room prices exclude breakfast, but this can be purchased for reasonable price, along with drinks (alcoholic and non) snacks and light meals. Has a good sized swimming pool, good for relaxing after a hard days hike. It's not a cave, but it is good value.

Safran Restaurant

Climb the stone steps to this charming terrace restaurant run by a friendly family from Malatya in Eastern Turkey who have worked in hospitality in Goreme for approximately 20 years. Emine is a superb cook. What makes the food of this restaurant amazing is that this is the only restaurant in the town whatsoever that makes both the eastern and western foods. Ilker, Emine's German-born nephew speaks excellent English and cooks delicious manti, Turkish ravioli, if he can be coaxed into it.

(Gümüş) Silver Cave Hotel

Informal & friendly service, clean rooms with en-suite shower/wc, and very reasonable rates make this hotel/pension a pleasure to stay in. Located in Göreme 5 minutes walk from the bus station, Gümüş makes a great starting point for exploration of the surrounding areas. Help with planning tours and visits to local culture is available upon request. Facilities include a cave bar, flower garden, barbecue & laundry service. Breakfast is included.

SLEEP   —  +90 384 271 2438 —  Map

Kookaburra Pension

Not far from the bus stop, walking south you should see a sign pointing the right direction. The signs disappear closer to the hostel, but any one around should be able to point you toward the small uphill alley. Beautiful view over the city, in a central location, free wi-fi, but many people have reported the owner as being incredibly rude. Laundry service 15 TL. After lots of bad reviews on TripAdvisor, don't expect this place to be packed.

SLEEP   —  Konak Sokak 10

Göreme Open Air Museum

The museum has a collection of caves and fairy chimneys. The museum is a succession of very nice underground churches, some with simple geometric motifs, and others with wonderful frescoes from the 11th and 12th centuries. Free toilets at the entrance of the site; expensive café and shop. Be sure to visit the church in a cave across the highway outside the museum entrance, which is included in museum admission (save your ticket).

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A bit up the creek; literally! It's up the dry riverbed from the scooter and bicycle rental near the bus station (and in fact, almost at the start of the pigeon valley hike) but they have nice rooms, a dorm, a pool and laundry service. And yes, you get to sleep in a cave so there might be some insects there. They have the same solar heated showers so be early or be cold. There are some mixed reviews though.

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Meeting Point Cafe

Cenap and Eliza are very friendly hosts; Eliza, being a South African Malay cooks delicious curry. Taste the excellent smoothies and fresh juices (orange and watermelon or watermelon and ginger are great). The cafe becomes a bar in the evenings - popular with locals and tourists alike - and, in colder months, Cenap sometimes hosts 'fire parties'.

EAT   —  Müze Caddesi

Kelebek Pension

A simple, very beautiful hotel/pension. The rooms are nice and there's a beautiful, airy common area for relaxing, eating breakfast, and using the internet. I stayed in a small inexpensive room (with medieval frescoes on the roof) but some of the rooms are quite grand.

Shoestring Cave Hostel

A good budget option with authentic cave rooms and dorm rooms at 20 TL pp. Heat and hot water are solar powered often leaving a scarcity of heat in the cooler spring and fall seasons. A Turkish breakfast buffet is included. The common are has 2 computers for use.

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Manzara Restaurant

With one of the best views in town, catching the sunset with a cocktail from the upper deck is a must do in Cappadocia. They also have a lower deck and indoor dining with a fireplace. The kebab plate is a good choice for dinner.

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Turkish Night Dinner

Hotels and agencies will offer to take you to a real Turkish dinner in an underground restaurant. It is very touristy with dance troupes, dervish dancing, etc. The food is ok and beer, wine, and raki is unlimited.

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Nazar Borek

A small pastry cafe with outside wooden seating area on a platform above the canal. Proprietors Top Deck (Mustafa) and Reyfik are fantastic hosts. Their sweet and savoury pastries good value and delicious.

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Orient Restaurant

A high class, beautifully decorated eating joint that can provide both not-too-expensive top end meals and fare to suit tighter budgets. Proprietor Refayi speaks excellent English and French.

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Traveller's Cave Pension

located at high position at Goreme, with great Goreme national park view from their room and terrace. offers great breakfast, hospitality, cheaper OP tours and other service

Old Cappadocia Cafe & Restaurant

Homemade meal on your table. The mother is cooker, the father is baker and the son is waiter. All staff from in family. If you believe family kitchen, just visit there.

Ottoman House

Simple and affordable hotel with friendly, English speaking staff. Breakfast is included and the rooftop views boast views of the hot air balloons taking off.

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Rock Valley Pension

Great place to stay, with swimming pool and huge lounge area. Extremely friendly staff. Includes an impressive free breakfast and free wi-fi internet.

SLEEP   —  +90 384 2712153 —  Map

Cave Life Pension

Just near Goreme Open Air museum with a beautiful view from the terrace. Free wi-fi in public areas. Extremely friendly and helpful staff.

SLEEP   —  +90 384 271-29-36 —  Eski Bağ Yolu

Local Cave House Hotel

Located in the center of Goreme, offers 9 cave rooms 1 family cave suite 1 honeymoon suite, deluxe suites with double and single bed.

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Traveller's Cave Hotel

Located at high position. Good breakfast, books tours and other service (partner with HIRO tours), good free WiFi.

Arif Cave Pension Hotel

Cave rooms at the top of Göreme town where you are able watch around. You can watch the sunset from the terrace.

Cappadocia Kebap Center

Good food at competitive prices, a standard ''döner'' sandwich is 6 TL for example.

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Firin Express

Has freshly baked and wonderful Pide and Lahmacun for a few Lira.

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