Nevşehir Food Culture
Nevşehir Food Culture

Nevşehir Food Culture

You Cannot Resist These Tastes!

You are awaited by the food of Nevşehir, a city that offers you a feast with a delicious cuisine! We have looked for the best ones of these delicious tastes that you cannot resist. Come on, let’s take a closer look.

Testi Kebab

They say “Even the blind find the way to Avanos, it is because of the broken pots”. Lamb meat is placed like a pearl in hand made pots which are shielded on the inside, the most delicious vegetables are added, then it is cooked slowly for two hours and put to wait for another half an hour. This dish is absolutely legendary! As it takes rather long to cook it, orders are generally taken around noon, this dish is king without a crown among the dinner alternatives in Nevşehir!

Asma Cacığı

Who can deny the fact that the highest quality grapes in the world are grown here? In Nevşehir, famous for the taste of the wine and the quality of the grapes, Asma Cacığı is one of the top tastes. This dish is also called Yaprak Cacığı and it is prepared by combining fresh vine leaves with bulghur, garlic yoghurt, sour syrup and lamb meat, optionally. You can’t get enough of it. Don’t forget to make yourself some with fresh leaves that you can buy for 20 Turkish Liras a box in the harvest season around the end of June and the beginning of July.


The people of Nevşehir have always loved the meat. The local people don’t even want to eat if it doesn’t have meat in it. So they value it a lot and use it in almost every meal. Ağpakla is one of the best dishes around here. Ağpakla is actually dried beans but this is different. Meat is placed inside handmade pots, combined with dried beans, spices, some oil and tandır bread. Then the pot is placed inside the tandır. You should be patient, because the pot, somehow embedded in fire, will cook slowly for about four hours. It gets out when you are absolutely hungry. When the pot is broken to get the meat inside, a delicious smell fills the room. It takes a long time to prepare and cook it, it takes a few seconds to eat it, but the taste will remain forever.


If you love flour halva, you should try it with eggs! It is a combination of nutmegs, eggs, flour, oil and sugar and it will leave an amazing taste in your mouth for a long time.

Dried Kaymak

You decide if it is kaymak or it is a waffle made of milk, but however you call it, you should absolutely try it! The milk is boiled and put to rest, then it is dried, then some other process come in and it takes five days to prepare it, but do not leave Nevşehir without enjoying this beauty that takes some effort.

Gendirme Soup

Here is another taste that will make you say “Oh, God”. The amazing taste of the meat cooked with dried bones and onions and tomate paste roasted in butter in a pot! I guarantee you that this will be the best soup you will ever have and you cannot get enough of it.

Aside Dessert

Another legendary desser: Aside… This dessert has a delicate taste like its name, you will want to have more of it as you eat, it is actually made of only three ingredients, but it goes on another level when prepared by master chefs. It would be a waste if you don’t witness the incredible meeting of grape molasses, flour and water.

Recommended Restaurants

Haliçi Nevşehir Tavacı Mustafa: Sümer Mahallesi, Yeni Sanayi, 8. Blok, 50040 Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Tel: (0384) 213 61 80

Millocal Restaurant: Tekelli Mah. Karlık Sok. No:30 Uçhisar, 50240 Nevşehir, Tel: 0535 100 19 25

Muhterif Restaurant: Tekelli Mahallesi Belediye MeydanI No: 3, 50240, Uçhisar/Nevşehir, Tel: 90 384 219 30 44

Şıra Restaurant: Tekelli Mahallesi, Göreme Caddesi, No: 87, 50240 Uçhisar/Nevşehir, Tel: 0384 219 30 37

Cappadocian Cuisine: Uzundere Caddesi, No:5/B, Göreme Otobüs Durağı yanı, Göreme/Nevşehir, Tel: 0384 271 27 01


  • irembozz
    29.03.2023 08:11

    Testi kebabından tutun Ağpakla sına hepsi ayrı ayrı lezzetli.


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