ANKARA GAY TRAVEL GUIDE

Attention: Most venues on this website are listed without the approval of their owners and they are not all necessarily gay or gay-friendly places. We do not guarantee the accuracy for the information provided by website visitors, especially. Moreover, there may be some changes with the information given here which we have not obtained yet, although we are trying to be as update as possible. Please note the indicated dates in order to understand how up to date the information is. Please use the provided information accordingly, otherwise we do not undertake responsibility for any problems you may encounter. 

 

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BARS AND CLUBS

 

 

Gay Bars and Clubs in Ankara:


Ankara has a considerable gay life whereas the gay nightlife is indeed not as colorful as it should be. Several gay bars and clubs have been opened in recent years in Ankara but they haven't survived long enough for various reasons. Here are few venues catering to gay people in Ankara at the moment:

Sixtiees Club (22:00-05:00)
Address: Tunali Hilmi Cd., Seymenler Pasaj, NO: 96 / 1 Kavaklidere - Ankara
Web:
Facebook.com/groups/sixtiees/ Facebook.com/sixtieesclub
The longest lasting, and for now the only gay night club in Ankara catering exclusively to gay and lesbian clientele, Sixtiees Club is offering activities such as bar, dancing, karaoke and miscellaneous shows. The club was called Tribal when it was first opened in February 2008. It moved to a new address in September 2010 where there was a club called Sixtiees previously. The club was renamed as Sixtiees since then, despite the administration did not change. It usually gets after midnight.

 

Savoy Bistro (12:00-24:00)
Address:  Mesrutiyet Mah. Konur Sokak  No: 8/8 Kizilay, Ankara
Web:
Facebook.com/groups/379177472218788/
Bistro Savoy is not a gay venue but it is a very gay friendly place publicly welcoming all LGBT people It was opened in early 2014 on the popular Konur Sokak in downtown Kızılay, Ankara.
The venue is easy to spot on the street with its rainbow colored window. They offer facilities such as food, dance, music, bar, party organization etc. They also want to attract university students, and keep their prices reasonable for that reason.

 

Reviews about this venue:

"I went there on Sunday 13/7/2014 and it was so cool, relaxing and the staff were so gentle , It's hard to find tho! I had so much fun and I met a lot of new gay ppl. (Posted on July 13 2014)

 

T-Cafe (18:00-22:00)
Address:  Fevzi Cakmak 1. Sokak  No: 19. Daire: 13 (Terrace floor) Kizilay, Ankara, Turkey
Web:
https://www.facebook.com/tkafe
This cafe house was opened in late July 2014 by a local transgender solidarity group based in Ankara, Trans Danisma Merkezi (Trans Consultation Center) as a meeting point for local trans people and LGBT activists living in Ankara. It is also a very gay friendly venue naturally. You are welcomed to visit if you have any chance at least for the sake of supporting these brave people. Open in the evening between 18:00-22:00, during the week in days, from 10:00 am, until 22:00 on Saturday and Sundays. It is walking distance to Kizilay and Demirtepe subway stations.

 

Attention: T- Cafe in Ankara will be closed during winter. It is expected to be re-opening in 2015 spring.
 


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LGBT FRIENDLY EVENTS IN ANKARA


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GAY FRIENDLY VENUES

 


Gay Friendly Cafe, Bars and Clubs in Ankara


Following venues are reported by local visitors as gay friendly venues, but this not yet confirmed by the owners. They may be worth trying but do not expect a visible gay-scene in these venues.

 

Eski & Yeni Cafe
Adres:  İnkilap Sokak  No: 6/A Kızılay

Web: Facebook.com/eskiyeni.bar.ankara

You can see many gays and even transgender people although this is not officially a gay-friendly venue especially at the basement floor. It is one of the most popular nightlife venue of Ankara (25/04/2011)

 

Film Cafe  (09:00-23:00)
Address: Mithatpasa Caddesi No: 27/2  Kizilay-Ankara
Message: "It is a friendly cafe shop for gays and lesbians. It is calm and cosy place with a smiling staff. There are cultural activities and you can watch movies in private rooms.  Terrace floor is very nice.  (27/06/2009)

Sedir Cafe Bar  (06:00-24:00 arası)
Address: Sakarya Caddesi, Inkilap Sokak,  No: 9/B Cankaya, Ankara.
Message: "This is a peaceful, cosy and gay-friendly place. Recommended to straight acting gays where you can comfortably exchange glances and contact some people. " (17/02/2010)

 

One Way Cafe & Pub   (13:00-01:00)
Address: Esat Caddesi, No: 149/C, Kucukesat, Ankara

Web: Facebook.com/pages/ONE-WAY-CAFE
It was first recommended as a gay-friendly venue by a website visitor on September 2012 and later approved by the managers in December 2012. You can understand what is awaiting you if you see the photos on their Facebook page


Enjoy Bar (10:30-24:00)
Address: Turan Gunes Bulvari. 4. Cadde No: 40 Cankaya-Ankara
Message: "Everyone can go. It has a cozy atmosphere"(26/06/2009)


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BLUE MOVIE & CINEMAS

 



Gay Friendly Cinemas in Ankara:


Although there is not a gay exclusive cinema in Ankara although some straight porno-cinemas are frequented by gay men. Because of Turkey's bisexual culture it's possible to have some limited action in most of such places. In a few of them gays are really welcomed. But still better be a little discrete , because they are open to the public. Make sure that you are approaching the right person because they are all visited by straight men as well.

Attention: These venues are not gay exclusive venues and most of them were reported by website visitors as indicated below. The accuracy of information provided by website visitors is not guaranteed.

Efes Sinemasi

Address: Izmir Caddesi  (street), Kizilay (district)- Ankara /Turkey
It is a very small theater with a very small screen showing some porno movies and one wonders why someone would go there just for that. It is located on a street somewhere behind Guven Park. You need to look carefully to see the entrance of the cinema because there is not a visible sign-board.

Visitor feedbacks for this venue:
"Fantastic venue for people who like bears. Most of them are almost heterosexual but very horny" (12/03/2009)

"great place, some horny guys, and a very liberal place too." (Posted by Max from Italy on July 28 2012)

Atlas Sinemasi
Address: Next to PTT (State Post Office) in Diskapi quarter, near downtown Ulus, Ankara.
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Open between 10:00 - 21:00

Kerem Sinamasi
Address:
Gazi Mustafa Kemal Pasa Bulvari, Kizilay - Ankara, Turkey
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Open between 10:00 - 22:00
Comments
"It is located somewhere across from Maltepe mosque when you walk from Kizilay towards Demirtepe direction. It is recommended to passive guys who like bear men especially. The venue is filthy but it is a very liberal place. (Posted by Kenan from Turkey on July 23 2011)

Eti Sinemasi
Address: Maltepe, Kizilay - Ankara, Turkey.
It is located near Kerem Sinemasi, across from Maltepe mosque, underneath the footbridge. Majority of attendants are middle aged and older men.
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Open between 10:00 - 20:00

Uzay Sinemasi
Address: Talatpasa Bulvari (boulevard), Yeserti Sokak, Cebeci (district), Ankara.
It is near Cebecı Dogum Hastanesi (hospital). It is right behind the bus stop after the hospital on the way to Mamak district. Open from 10:00 till 21:00 (29/12/2008)

 


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SAUNA & TURKISH BATHS

 



Gay Friendly Sauna or Bath Houses in Ankara:


Please note that most owners of action places such as cinemas, baths and saunas do not like to be mentioned on gay websites or guide books even if they want them to come to their venues for business reasons. Unfortunately there are also no gay-exclusive gay baths, saunas or hamams in Ankara.

Attention:
These venues are not gay exclusive venues and most of them were reported by website visitors as indicated below.  The accuracy of information provided by website visitors is not guaranteed.

Yeni Ay Hamam - This is not a gay venue

Address :  Demirlibahce Mh. Ankara (Google map)

On the way to Siteler or Gulveren districts if you depart from Ulus, somewhere after Ankara Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi (a state hospital - click here for Google map) on the right hand side after passing the bridge, before 2nd traffic lights. Near Ulucanlar quarter, on Plevne street not very far from down town Ulus.


Comments:
"Exactly as previously described. A very liberal location with clean facilities. Very few guests, however this made it easier to be open."(Posted by Bryan from UK on 17 December 2011)
"Went to this hamman today on Monday 6pm. Was not too busy, about half a dozen people. Facilities are really basic, toilets, steam room and hamman table. Everyone in there were gay. Some were even wanking in the shower cubicles or in the steam room. I met someone and took him back to my hotel. Mostly late 30/early 40 guys. I had a rub down and use of hamman for 35TL which was well worth it. (Posted by Lee from UK on 04 April
2011)
"Provides typical bath activities including massage and sauna. Patronized overwhelmingly by middle aged and older men. Recommended for bears and bear-lovers." (02/03/2009)
"Yeni Ay Hamam is a good location and I think the best. I went to a few hamams in Ankara but this is the only one action can happen " (18/09/2008)
"It is possible to see older gay men, and few young feminine gays especially on weekend days."  (03/06/2007)


Eynebey Hamami - This is not a gay venue.
Address: Adnan Saygun Caddesi  No: 11 Ulus, Ankara. (not far from Genclik Park)
Open : 18:00-23:00

Comments:
"There is not such a visible gay scene, but they seem to be gay-friendly."  (05/11/2008)
"The last time I went to Eynebey hammam, I saw the curtains of the showers have been removed, and a staff member is always by the entrance of the cabin section watching over the clients." (27 January 2013)


Marmara Hamami - This is not a gay venue.
Address : Denizciler Caddesi, Ulus, Ankara.
This hamam has also a pool. Denizciler Caddesi (street) intersects with Adnan Saygun Caddesi, near Genclik Park, in Ulus.

Comments:
"You can swim naked in the pool. It is usually not very busy, but this can be a plus. The staff seem not to be watching over the clients."  (18/11/2008)
"I went to Marmara Hamam in Ankara on Sunday last. Overall fairly good experience, mostly older men getting scrubbed. Mostly consists of a small room with the table, private showers and some private massage/scrub areas, dry sauna and steam sauna. the dry sauna seemed too cool and the steam sauna too hot, but there were some friendly guys hanging out there. I was in one of the private areas for my scrub and massage and fairly normal experience. One added feature is a small pool in a room for cooling off after the scrub. It was very nice. Although there seems to be a sign that requires swimsuit my masseur told me to just jump in naked. Which I did and it felt great. There was only one younger individual who sat staring at me in the pool room but did not advance or reveal anything to me.....it was nice to swim naked in front of someone and wished there were more doing it. that could be a l
ot of fun. (posted on September 27 2011 in our  Yahoo Group)


 

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OUTDOOR CRUISING


 

Gay Cruising Areas in Ankara:


In general, the cruising areas - especially parks are where gay men should be more selective with the people they meet. It is always possible to come across to some bad guys who want to trap the gay men in such places. Especially, be careful at night time and do not carry very valuable things and a lot of money on you, just in case.

Guven Park  is located in Kizilay district of Ankara. There may be hustlers or thieves at night time. There used to be a gay-friendly blue-movie cinema facing the park (Cep Cinemasi) which closed down several years ago. 



Genclik Park
 is the big park near Ulus district of Ankara. The part closer to the entrance gate from Ulus is more cruisy. The park was under complete restoration for several years which was completed by mid 2010. Beware of pick pockets, and stay away from young guys walking about in groups. Ulus district is regarded as downtown of Ankara. (click for Google map)

Karum Shopping Center is located in Kavaklidere district, near Sheraton Hotel. Naturally there will not be a visible gay action in a shopping mall, but such places are popular among young gay men. (Google Map)    
www.karum.com.tr

Ataturk Bulvari is the main boulevard of Kizilay district. You can come across gay man promenading along the way anytime, if you are lucky. Google Map

Seymenler Park is in upper part of Cankaya district between Iran and Ataturk street. There are many embassies around the park, including US and Japanese.  This park is also used for various cultural activities and concerts. You can occasionally see gay men cruising especially after dark, most likely around the pool. Google map

Yuksel Caddesi  is the street located in Kizilay district across from Guven which is usually busy with young people and students. There are lovely cafe-shops and restaurants along the street which are usually crowded in day time. This is not a place to go for cruising deliberately, but it is more like to bump into gays if you watch out. Transgender people can also be seen cruising along the street late after midnight. Click for map

Opera Koprusu (the bridge named after Opera House) and its neighborhood was recommended by some local visitors as a cruising place. It is located in Sihhiye quarter, next to city courthouse building (Adliye Sarayi). There are tea houses, small parks and and walking areas in the vicinity. Google Map

 


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GAY GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS


 

Gay Groups and Organizations in Ankara:



Kaos GL

Address: Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvari, No: 29/12 Kizilay, Ankara, Turkey
Originally a gay lesbian culture and gay rights magazine from which the first officially recognized gay organization was formed in 2005. KAOS GL was founded in September, 1994, to unite Turkey's homosexuals in the struggle against discrimination. The group's underlying philosophy is that the liberation of homosexuals will also free heterosexuals. KAOS GL has been publishing the journal KAOS GL (now a quarterly) since it was founded, and it briefly published a monthly newspaper, PARMAK (Finger), in 2001. The group owns the KAOS Cultural Center, in which many cultural activities, meetings and film shows are held and where the first LGBT library of Turkey was also built.
Visit their Official Website
and Facebook Page for more information

 

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Gay & Lesbian Internet Sources for Ankara:



Gay Ankara

Popular Facebook page where you can follow gay events and activities in Ankara, post your own comments, write reviews about gay venues and meet other gay people living in Ankara.

https://www.facebook.com/gayankara06


Pink Turkey

The meeting point of Turkish & none- Turkish gay men living / visiting Turkey. You can follow activities all over Turkey, including Ankara in this bilingual (Turkish & English) Facebook community page.

Ankara Bears (Ankara Ayilari)
A group mainly active on the internet intending to by gay bear people living in and around Ankara. They organize parties and events on occation.

Web: www.ankaraayilari.com/ & Facebook.com/bearsofankara


Yahoo Group for Turkish Gays
A Yahoo Group to meet Turkish gay men from all over Turkey. You can leave a message to meet Turkish gays and gay tourists living in or visiting Ankara in this group.


Yahoo Group For Turkish Lesbians
A Yahoo Group to meet Turkish Lesbians from all over Turkey. You can leave a message to meet Turkish lesbians and lesbian tourists living in or visiting Ankara in this group.
 


LGBT News from Ankara:



Gay March in Ankara (Gay News- May 2008)
Over 100 gay men and women, bisexuals and transgender people assembled in front of the human rights monument in Yuksel Street for a march to Parliament on International Day Against Homophobia jointly organized by Kaos Gay and Lesbian Association and Pink Life LGBTT Association.

Ankara Governor Claims that Gay Rights are Harmful (KAOS GL)
Ankara's Deputy Governor Ekremoglu applies to court to shut down KAOS GL, a GLBT rights group, on the grounds that "it is forbidden to found a society contrary to law and morality."

 


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GAY TRAVEL


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HOTEL & ACCOMMODATION



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GENERAL INFORMATION


 

General Information About Ankara


Ankara is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city after Istanbul. The city has a population (as of 2005) of 4,319,167 (Province 5,153,000), and a mean elevation of 850 m (2800 ft). It was formerly known as Angora. The Hittites gave it the name Ankuwash before 1200 BC,[1][2] the Galatians and Romans called it Ancyra, and in the classical, Hellenistic, and Byzantine periods it was known as Ánkyra. Ankara also serves as the capital of the Province of Ankara.

 

Probably because it's the capital city of Turkey, Ankara displays a more official life style generally which has also effected the gay life of the city. Although it's the second populated city of Turkey following Istanbul, Ankara does not have such a colorful and visible gay life. Still, there are several gay or gay-friendly venues worth visiting as listed on this page.

Centrally located in Anatolia, Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city. It is the center of the Turkish Government, and houses all foreign embassies. It is an important crossroads of trade, strategically located at the center of Turkey's highway and railway networks, and serves as the marketing center for the surrounding agricultural area. The city was famous for its long-haired Angora goat and its prized wool (mohair), a unique breed of cat (Angora cat), white rabbits and their prized wool (Angora wool), pears, honey, and the region's muscat grapes.

Ankara is situated upon a steep and rocky hill, which rises 150 m above the plain on the left bank of the Enguri Su, a tributary of the Sakarya (Sangarius) river. The city is located at 39°52'30" North, 32°52' East (39.875° N 32.8333° E). Ankara is one of the driest places in Turkey and is surrounded by a barren steppe vegetation, with various Hittite, Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman archaeological sites. It has a harsh, dry continental climate with cold, snowy winters and hot, dry summers. Rainfall occurs mostly during the spring and autumn.

The hill which overlooks the city is crowned by the ruins of the old castle, which adds to the picturesqueness of the view, but only a few historic structures surrounding the old citadel have survived to our date. There are, however, many finely preserved remains of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine architecture, the most remarkable being the Temple of Augustus and Rome (20 BC) which is also known as the Monumentum Ancyranum
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Old Ankara houses within the Ankara Castle

Modern city of Ankara

Mausoleum of Ataturk is still visited by millions of Turks


Museums in Ankara

Anıtkabir (Mausoleum of Ataturk)
No one is more respected in Turkey as much as Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkish Republic. Even his political opponents who are always is charge mainly to destroy his secularity revolution, can not dare to speak against him. Ataturk's mausoleum. Anıtkabir is located on an imposing hill in the Anıttepe quarter of the city, where the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, stands. Completed in 1953, it is an impressive fusion of ancient and modern architectural styles. An adjacent museum houses a wax statue of Atatürk, his writings, letters and personal items, as well as an exhibition of photographs recording important moments in his life and during the establishment of the Republic. Anıtkabir is open every day, while the adjacent museum is open every day except Mondays.

Ankara Ethnography Museum (Etno
grafya Muzesi): This museum is opposite the Opera House on Talat Paşa Boulevard, in the Ulus district. There is a fine collection of folkloric as well as Seljuk- and Ottoman-era artifacts.

A Hattian artifact, from the 3rd millennium BC, in the Museum of Anatolian CivilizationsMuseum of Anatolian Civilizations (Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi): Situated at the entrance of Ankara Castle, it is an old "bedesten" (covered bazaar) that has been beautifully restored and now houses a unique collection of Paleolithic, Neolithic, Hatti, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian, and Roman works as well as a major section dedicated to Lydian treasures.
State Art and Sculpture Museum (Resim-Heykel Müzesi): This museum is close to the Ethnography Museum and houses a rich collection of Turkish art from the late 19th century to the present day. There are also galleries which host guest exhibitions.

Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Museum (Çengelhan Rahmi M. Koç Müzesi): An industrial museum opposite the entrance to the Citadel, close to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Located in the historic Çengelhan - a former Caravanserai, built in 1522 - the Museum displays a huge variety of exhibits on diverse themes such as Engineering, Road Transport, Scientific Instruments, Maritime and Medicine equipments, and many others. The beautiful and atmospheric courtyard now houses the newly restored shop where the founder of the Koç Group, Mr Vehbi Koç, started his working life. Once you have finished your museum visit, you can relax in either the Divan Café or the sophisticated Divan Brasserie in the courtyard.

War of Independence Museum (Kurtuluş Savaşı Müzesi): This building, located on Ulus Square, was originally the first Parliament building (TBMM) of the Republic of Turkey. The War of Independence was planned and directed here as recorded in various photographs and items presently on exhibition. In another display, wax figures of former presidents of the Republic of Turkey are on exhibit.
TCDD Locomotive Museum: An open-air museum near the railway station on Celal Bayar Boulevard which traces the history of steam locomotion through the locomotives and artifacts on display.

Archeological sites in Ankara

Ankara Citadel: The foundations of the citadel were laid by the Galatians on a prominent lava outcrop, and the rest was completed by the Romans. The Byzantines and Seljuks further made restorations and additions. The area around and inside the citadel, being the oldest part of Ankara, contains many fine examples of traditional architecture. There are also recreational areas to relax. Many restored traditional Turkish houses inside the citadel area have found new life as restaurants, serving local cuisine, music and of course, Rakı.
Roman Theatre: The remains, the stage, and the backstage can be seen outside the castle. Roman statues that were found here are exhibited in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations (see above). The seating area is still under excavation.
Temple of Augustus and Rome: The temple, also known as the Monumentum Ancyranum, was built between 25 BC - 20 BC following the conquest of Central Anatolia by the Roman Empire and the formation of the Roman province of Galatia, with Ancyra (modern Ankara) as its administrative capital. After the death of Augustus in 14 AD, a copy of the text of Res Gestae Divi Augusti was inscribed on the interior of the pronaos in Latin, whereas a Greek translation is also present on an exterior wall of the cella. The temple, on the ancient Acropolis of Ancyra, was enlarged by the Romans in the 2nd century. In the 5th century it was converted into a church by the Byzantines. It is located in the Ulus quarter of the city.
Roman Bath: This bath has all the typical features of a classical Roman bath: a frigidarium (cold room), tepidarium (cool room) and caldarium (hot room). The bath was built during the reign of Emperor Caracalla in the 3rd century AD to honour Asclepios, the God of Medicine. Today, only the basement and first floors remain. It is situated in the Ulus quarter.
Column of Julian: This column, in Ulus, was erected in 362 to commemorate a visit by the Roman Emperor Julian. It stands fifteen meters high and has a typical leaf decoration on the capital.

Modern monuments in Ankara
Monument to a Secure, Confident Future: This monument, in Güven Park, Bakanlıklar quarter, was erected in 1935 and bears Atatürk's advice to his people: "Turk! Be proud, work hard, and believe in yourself."
Victory Monument (Zafer Anıtı): Erected in 1927 on Zafer Square in the Sıhhiye quarter, it depicts Atatürk in uniform.
Hatti Monument: Built in the 1970s on Sıhhiye Square, this impressive monument symbolizes the Hatti gods and commemorates Anatolia's earliest known civilization.

Kocatepe Mosque in central Ankara

Hacı Bayram Mosque: This mosque, in the Ulus quarter next to the Temple of Augustus, was built in the early 15th century in Seljuk style by an unknown architect. It was subsequently restored by architect Sinan in the 16th century, with Kütahya tiles being added in the 18th century. The mosque was built in honor of Hacı Bayram Veli, whose tomb is next to the mosque, two years before his death (1427-28). The usable space inside this mosque is 437 square meters on the first floor and 263 square meters on the second floor.

Ankara has many parks and open spaces mainly established in the early years of the Republic and well maintained and expanded thereafter. The most important of these parks are: Gençlik Park (houses an amusement park with a large pond for rowing), the Botanical Garden, Seğmenler Park, Anayasa Park, Kuğulu Park (famous for the swans received as a gift from the Chinese government), Abdi İpekçi Park, Güven Park (see above for the monument), Kurtuluş Park (has an ice-skating rink), Altın Park (also a prominent exposition/fair area), Harikalar Diyarı (claimed to be Biggest Park of Europe inside city borders) and Göksu Park.

Atatürk Farm and Zoo (Atatürk Orman Çiftliği) is an expansive recreational farming area which houses a zoo, several small agricultural farms, greenhouses, restaurants, a dairy farm and a brewery. It is a pleasant place to spend a day with family, be it for having picnics, hiking, biking or simply enjoying good food and nature. There is also an exact replica of the house where Atatürk was born in 1881, in Thessaloniki, Greece. Visitors to the "Çiftlik" (farm) as it is affectionately called by Ankarans, can sample such famous products of the farm such as old-fashioned beer and ice cream, fresh dairy products and meat rolls/kebaps made on charcoal, at a traditional restaurant (Merkez Lokantası, Central Restaurant), cafés and other establishments scattered around the farm.

Ankara Shopping

Interior view of Karum Shopping & Business CenterForeign visitors to Ankara usually like to visit the old shops in Çıkrıkçılar Yokuşu (Weavers' Road) near Ulus, where myriad things ranging from traditional fabrics, hand-woven carpets and leather products can be found at bargain prices. Bakırcılar Çarşısı (Bazaar of Coppersmiths) is particularly popular, and many interesting items, not just of copper, can be found here like jewelry, carpets, costumes, antiques and embroidery. Up the hill to the castle gate, there are many shops selling a huge and fresh collection of spices, dried fruits, nuts, and other produce.

Modern shopping areas are mostly found in Kızılay, or on Tunalı Hilmi Avenue, including the modern mall of Karum which is located towards the end of the Avenue; and in the Atakule Tower at Çankaya, the quarter with the highest elevation in the city, which commands a magnificent view over the whole city and also has a revolving restaurant at the top where the complete panorama can be enjoyed in a more leisurely fashion.

As Ankara started expanding westward in the 1970s, there are several modern, suburbia-style developments and mini-cities along the western highway, also known as the Eskişehir Road. The Armada Mall on the highway, the Galleria in Ümitköy, and a huge mall in Bilkent Center offer North American and European style shopping opportunities (these places can be reached following the Eskişehir Highway). There is also the newly expanded Ankamall at the outskirts, on the Istanbul Highway, which houses most of the well-known European brands. This mall is the largest throughout the Ankara region.


 

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