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Elazig is a special region not only because of its unique beauty but because of its unique tastes as well. You can come here and just do a food tour to explore the vast palette this region has to offer. They produce their own cheese, Tulum and Salamura, which is distributed throughout Turkey. It also is home to one of the most known and liked wines, Kayra, in the country. Here are some of the tastes you should experience once you are here. But first, search for flights to Elazig from Roboair. Buy the cheapest airline ticket to Elazig and start this delicious journey.
Okuzgozu (Oxeye) Wine
This region is known to have been producing wine since the Hittites. Elazig has two native grape varieties they make wine out of, Okuzgozu and Bogazkere. Okuzgozu, translated as ox-eye, is made out of dark-colored grapes. The most prominent wine maker in Turkey, Kayra, is in this region. If you want to see the grape fields and get a vineyard tour, Eskibaglar is the place to do it.
The Elazig Bazaar
This bazaar has been up and running since 1928. You can find much produce that is special to this region. Roasted chickpeas, Tulum cheese, almonds, and a variety of coffee are just some of the things you can find in this bazaar. Since the region is known for its grapes they make the best grape molasses that are healthy and straight from the field. Make sure to get some extra to take back home.
It is a restaurant that is on top of the hills so as you dine you have the city at your feet. We recommend you go for breakfast so you can enjoy the view in the morning. Elazig is known for its various cheese, while you are there be sure to try some of them. Be sure to try the special Elazig gozleme “Patila”, a thin bread with cheese or meat stuffing.
These are big rounded meatballs in a tomato sauce dressing, special to this region. There is actually an entire street dedicated to meatballs, “Meatball Street” where many meatball restaurants are lined next to one another. If you like tomato sauce and want to get the full experience tell them “salca yansin” which translates to “let the sauce burn”, this means that they will put hot tomato sauce over the bread and then put the meatballs on it. It’s not only a sight to see but a taste to taste.
Sweet Cheese Bread
This bread is special to Elazig, you can’t find it anywhere else so be sure to try it when you are there. Unsalted cheese and sugar are kneaded and then put on top of dough later to be baked in the oven. It’s served hot and locals tend to eat it during breakfast. A taste that you won’t want to miss.
This is in the top 3 restaurants in Elazig. Eat the dishes they are known for like their sauce tenderloin or the eggplant dish. People from all around the region and country come to eat at this restaurant. Go with the recommendations the restaurant gives you.