Are you one of those people who tends to skip breakfast?

Too busy? Too tired? Running late?

What do the experts say?

“Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy you need to get things done and helps you focus. Those are just a few reasons why it’s the most important meal of the day.

Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight.

But this much is clear: Skipping the morning meal can throw off your body’s rhythm of fasting and eating. When you wake up, the blood sugar your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best is usually low. Breakfast helps replenish it.

If your body doesn’t get that fuel from food, you may feel zapped of energy — and you’ll be more likely to overeat later in the day.” – WebMD

A feast of breakfasts…

With this in mind Fethiye Times went out and about to try a selection of this important morning meal in five different places in and around Fethiye. Here is what we found (in alphabetical order)

Ada Restaurant – Şovalye Island

Make a reservation for breakfast at Ada Restaurant and you will be picked up at Şat Jetty in Çalış by the complimentary boat service.

Complimentary boat service from Şat Jetty
Complimentary boat service from Şat Jetty

Your table will be ready and waiting for you. Breakfast is a leisurely affair with a tasty selection of dishes for your delight. Enjoy the cooling breeze from the sea and the beautiful surroundings while savouring the different tastes, all served with fresh bread from the traditional bread oven

Breakfast at Ada Restaurant
A tasty selection of dishes at Ada Restaurant

Çayboğazi Yeşil Bahçe – Yanıklar

If you fancy breakfast  in totally natural surroundings by the riverside, Çayboğazi (Yeşil Vadi, Yanıklar) is the ideal place

You will receive a very warm welcome from the owner, Tefik, and his family. Choose to eat  in a köşk or at a table by the river and get ready to be served a delicious home made traditional breakfast.

Traditional home made village breakfast
Traditional home made village breakfast
You can just see the tables and köşks nestling amongst the trees
You can just see the tables and köşks nestling amongst the trees

Kirkpinar Restaurant

Up in the mountains near Nif is Kirkpinar Restaurant. This is definitely a must for those of you who really want to get off the beaten track. In the warmer months you can enjoy your breakfast in the established gardens at a table surrounded by cherry trees and blossoms.

In the winter, when the mountains are capped with snow, you can choose to sit inside by the log burner.

Kirkpinar Restaurant
Kirkpinar Restaurant

Breakfast consists of a number of small plates with a variety of different foods, served with warm Turkish bread  to dip or apply the different foods to. The fresh avocado with home made honey drizzled over is a delight.

You can also buy the home made honey and jams from the restaurant.

Home made breakfast at Kirkpinar
Home made breakfast at Kirkpinar near Nif

Lissiya Hotel – Kabak

If you want tranquility and stunning views in natural surroundings, Lissiya Hotel in Kabak is just the spot. Situated half way up the mountain overlooking Kabak bay, the hotel and restaurant enjoy the most stunning views.

The view from the restaurant
The view from the restaurant

Breakfast was a veritable feast; a selection of cheeses, olives, nuts, honey, jams, menemen, fried eggs and home made breads, all washed down with freshly squeezed orange juice.

Lissiya breakfast
Lissiya breakfast

Afterwards guests are very welcome to make use of the facilities at the hotel, which of course we did!

Infinity pool and jacuzzi
Infinity pool and jacuzzi

Breakfasts are by reservation only and when the hotel is busy you may need to give two or three days notice.

Yörük Müzesi – Kargı

If you want to take in some history along with your breakfast, a trip to the Yörük Müzesi in Kargı is a good place to go.

York Müzesi - Kargı
York Müzesi – Kargı

The Yalcın family have combined the restaurant with a museum showing the difference between present day technology and the tools and utensils used by the Yörük, their ancestors.

Breakfast was once again a delicious and filling affair. Everything you would expect from a traditional Turkish breakfast and more; crispy fresh vegetables, salad, delicious home made breads to name a few of the dishes that just kept being served.

Breakfast at the Yörük Müzesi in Kargı
Yörük Müzesi in Kargı

Afterwards yoıu can take a wander back through time in the museum where Enver Yalcın is on hand to give you a lesson in the history of the Yörük.

What did we learn about breakfast?

We came to the end of our breakfast fest convinced that it is definitely a meal not to be missed and that a traditional Turkish breakfast is a delicious and nutritious way to start the day

…and maybe just a few kilos heavier!

Where is your favourite place to go for breakfast?


  1. Is it not possible to give out phone numbers for these restaurants so that potential new customers can book (as suggested). An address might be useful too.
    Thank you

    • Hello Valerie

      There is a link (in blue text) through to either a website or Facebook page for each restaurant. This allows you to have a look at each one in more detail and make a booking. Kind regards