Se hva du kan gjøre og oppleve i Ankara

The heart of the Turkish Republic, Ankara, is the second largest city of Turkey after Istanbul. The city lies on the border where east between west. The European and Middle Eastern cultures merged and coloured the city's architecture, food, wine, nightlife, fashion and arts. Drop the anchor in Ankara, as its name suggests, cross the border between tradition and modernity.

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Ankara Kalesi

This early medieval castle offers a great view of the city from Ulus, the historic district. Within its walls, there is a small village with shops and restaurants in wooden beamed houses and the Old Turkish House Museum.
Adresse: Ankara Kalesi, Ankara

State Art and Sculpture Museum

At the Museum of Painting and Sculpture you can find a major permanent collection of modern Turkish paintings, featuring works by Osman Handi and Hikmet Onat. This space also features temporary exhibitions of international works.
Adresse: Talatpasa Bulvari Opera Meydani-Altindag-Ankara, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 310 20 94
Åpningstider: Tue–Sun 9am–5pm

Atatürk Mausoleum

This mausoleum honours the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The mausoleum hall is a colonnaded temple with huge bronze doors. Every day, Turks from all around the country and foreigners come to pay their respect to the founder of the Republic.
Adresse: Ataturk Mausoleum, Monument Cad., Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 231 2805
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 9am–4/5pm. Opening hours vary depending on the season.


Hattuscha, an UNESCO World Heritage site, was the capital of the Hittite Empire in the late Bronze Age. Its ruins, lying near the village of Boğazköy, are an important archeological site and a must-see when in Ankara
Adresse: Şehit Osman Avcı, Ankara

Hacı Bayram Mosque

This beautiful mosque is located in the heart of Ankara. Built in the 15th century, the mosque and its magnificent wood roof with floral motifs will not cease to amase you.
Adresse: Hacı Bayram Mh., Ankara

Gençlik Park

This park is located in the centre of the city and is a great retreat for a relaxing walk or run. Gençlik Park is the perfect place to bring the children for a entertaining fun day out.
Adresse: Gençlik Parkı, Doğanbey Mh., Ulus Dolmuşları, Ankara


Like every big city, Ankara needs its own Museum of Modern Art. Holding exhibitions in old, restored industrial buildings, Cermodern has artworks for all tastes.
Adresse: Altınsoy Cad. No:3, Altındağ Merkez, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 310 0000
Åpningstider: Tue–Thu 10am–8pm

Aqua Vega Aquarium

At Aqua Vega you can step into a world full of exotic fish and other creatures from the ocean. This is a wonderful place to bring the children, who will be amused by the underwater aquarium tunnel.
Adresse: Doğukent Bulvarı, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 554 28 28
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 10am–8pm, Sat–Sun 11am–9pm

Şengül Hamamı

The Turkish hamam plays an important in Turkish society. This 15th-century public bath and spa is just perfect for a restoring and refreshing bath or Turkish massage.
Adresse: Anafartalar Mah. Denizciler Cad. Acı Çeşme Sok. No.3 , Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 324 3739
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 5am–12am

Temple of Augustus and Rome

Located next to the Haci Bayram Mosque, the temple was built in AD 10 as a tribute to Emperor Augustus. Only ruins of the walls and columns still remain, making it the perfect spot for history enthusiasts.
Adresse: Hacı Bayram Mahallesi, Altındağ, Ankara

Rumeli Iskembe Salonu

Known for serving a hearty tripe soup, this 24-hour restaurant is the right place to end up after a night out. They also serve traditional Turkish food and grilled meat dishes.
Adresse: Bestekar Sok. 86/B, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 467 13 62

Kalbur Balık

The interior of this restaurant might be simple and not extravagant, but the food is exceptional. Here you can order seafood, meze, meatballs, kibbeh, or, for those who are into exotic cuisine, kokoretsi, lamb intestine stuffed with lamb heart, liver. or kidneys. Reservation is required and remember to bring cash.
Adresse: Oran Şehri Çarşı Merkezi C-3 Blok, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 490 5001
Åpningstider: Tue–Sun 11am–10:30am

Fige Restaurant Bar

Located in a building once owned by the famous actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, this building now serves as a restaurant. Here you can have a Turkish and international dishes, and listen to live music on the weekends.
Adresse: Abdullah Cevdet Sokak 15, Çankaya, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 438 0721
Åpningstider: Sun–Thu 11am–12am, Fri–Sat 11am–1am


If you want a break of the deliciously addictive Turkish cuisine, Trilye is the place to go. Its magnificent seafood, savoury dishes will make your taste buds travel to the Mediterranean.
Adresse: Kazım Özalp Mah. Kuleli Sokak No. 32, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 447 1200

No4 Restaurant Bar Lounge

No4 Restaurant Bar Lounge is a stylish restaurant that also serves as a lounge and bar. Here you can enjoy some great food while listening to some great music in a relaxing atmosphere, just perfect for a romantic dinner.
Adresse: Yasam Caddesi 4. Sokak No:4 Sogutozu, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 219 03 04
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 8am–1am

Haci Arif Bey

This restaurant serves a great variety of tasty Turkish kebabs. Your meal can be enjoyed either inside or outside in the cosy, outdoor garden area. It is also a great place to have a taste of other Turkish dishes, such as pide and hummus.
Adresse: Guniz Sokak 48, Kavaklidere, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 467 5767

Özler Döner

Claimed by the many to serve the best doner in Ankara, this place is a “must-eat” if you fancy kebabs. Pop in at one of the locations spread throughout the city for a quick meal and enjoy a culinary experience in the Turkish way.
Adresse: Yalıkavak Sk., Aşağı Eğlence, 06010 Keçiören/Ankara,
Telefon: +90 312 321 97 28

Quick China

This popular Asian cuisine restaurant has five branches spread throughout the city. Dishes are inspired by Eastern Asia gastronomy, and you can try them either at the restaurant or order them for takeaway.
Adresse: Büyükesat, Uğur Mumcu Sk. No:64/B, 06700 Çankaya/Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 437 03 03
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 10am–11:45pm

Butcha Steakhouse

Butcha is a carnivore's paradise with American ambiance. Bone soup, home made mustard, filling salad with cheese and a plethora of steak cuts to choose from.
Adresse: Mustafa Kemal, Dumlupınar Blv. 266 B-10, 06105 Çankaya/Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 285 11 12

Balikcikoy Fahri

Even though Ankara lies some distance from the sea, it certainly doesn't lack seafood restaurants. Guests are encouraged to go heavy on the appetizers, which are varied and a true culinary experience.
Adresse: Ahmet Taner Kışlalı Mah. 2853 Cad. No:24, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 240 1567
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 11am–2am

Café des Cafés

Turkish tea, cheese, and olives are among the delicacies served by this popular venue. Café des Cafés is famous for its long Sunday breakfasts, great atmosphere, and outstanding service.
Adresse: Tunali Hilmi Caddesi, 83 A Kavaklidere, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 426 55 11
Åpningstider: Sun 10:30am–10pm, Mon–Sat 9am–11pm


In service since 1993, Cafemiz is located on the popular Arjantin Street. Its antiquate atmosphere and the traditional menu with a modern twist will certainly broaden your views of Ankara.
Adresse: Arjantin Caddesi 19, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 467 7921
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 8:30am–11pm

Kafes Fırın

Either you crave a cup of coffee or a slice of cake, you will find anything you want in Kafes Fırın's menu. Don't let its fancy aspect scare you – here you will have the chance to have an authentic, affordable Turkish afternoon tea experience.
Adresse: Ümit Mh., Eskişehir Yolu No:122, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 286 9888
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 7:15am–9pm

Pilita Pasta Evi

This tiny yet charming café is the perfect place to try some Turkish typical pastry. Treat yourself a tasty, hearty dessert after a day of hiking through the tangling streets of Ankara at Pilita Pasta Evi, you certainly won't regret it.
Adresse: Turgut Reis Caddesi 16/3, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 215 3535
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 7am–11pm

Café Botanica

Café Botanica is located in a cosy wooden building close to a lush flower garden. As it is usual for Turkish cafés, the menu is very extensive, including a Sunday buffet breakfast.
Adresse: Barbaros Mahallesi, Billur Sk. 5/1, 06680 Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 466 60 89
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 9am–11:30pm

Manhattan Bar

At Manhattan Bar you can enjoy live performances of jazz, alternative rock, blues, and ethnic music. You won't find another venue in Ankara as unique as Manhattan Bar, the heart of the city's jazz scene.
Adresse: Üsküp Caddesi No. 7, Çankaya, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 427 62 63
Åpningstider: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8pm–5am

The Soul Pub

The Soul Pub is a great spot for quality food and drink. Cold beers, flavourful snacks, and great music are abundant in this bar. The friendly staff adds to the already wonderful atmosphere.
Adresse: Kavaklıdere Mh., Olgunlar Cd No. 18, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 424 01 44
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 12pm–1am

IF Performance Hall

IF Performance Hall is a popular venue where both international and Turkish artists perform regularly. This vibrant and crowded place hosts various concerts every week.
Adresse: Tunus Cad. 14/A, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 418 9506
Åpningstider: Tue–Wed 8pm–4:45am, Thu 9pm–4:45am, Fri–Sat 7pm–4:45am

Checkpoint Lounge & Terrace

Checkpoint Lounge & Terrace is the place to go to for live music and live DJ acts. With a big outdoor terrace and a dance floor, you can easily mingle around while sipping a fabulous cocktail.
Adresse: Park Caddesi 32/4 Ümitköy, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 240 70 18
Åpningstider: Friday 9pm–8am, Saturday 9pm–8am


During the weekend, eSkiyEni's two floors are flooded by funky and pop music that will make it difficult for you not to dance. There is also an outside terrace, just perfect for a nighttime beer.
Adresse: Cumhuriyet, İnkılap Sk. 6/A, 06410 Çankaya/Ankara


Ulus, located in the historic district, has an indoor maze of market stalls under selling unbelievably affordable goods. The area is also to most of the town's antiques dealers.
Adresse: Ulus, Ankara


For quality tourist souvenirs, handicrafts, carpets, and kilims, head over to Dösim, run by the Ministry of Culture. With an unmatchable quality, its products will definitely make for perfect souvenirs to your loved ones.
Adresse: Mithatpaşa Caddesi No. 18, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 430 36 42

Izmir Street

Izmir Street is famous for leather and shoe shops. The street lies on the Kizilay, the central district of Ankara, where the main shopping and business buildings are located.
Adresse: Izmir Street, Ankara


Karum is one of the shopping malls you may not want to miss. With over 330 shops on three floors, you will certainly find anything you look for.
Adresse: İran Cad. No:21, Kavaklıdere, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 467 1547
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 10am–10pm

Armada Shopping & Business Center

Armada is one of the most modern shopping centres in Ankara, with over 125 stores. There is also an abundance of movie theatres, cafës, and restaurants, granting a great time for all sorts of personalities.
Adresse: Eskişehir Yolu No:6 06520 Söğütözü, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 219 13 19

Ankamall Alisveris Merkezi

Ankamall is a huge and central mall in Ankara right next to the Akkopru metro. It hosts stores all the popular international fashion brands, and a small outdoor amusement park for children as well. Be aware that this is a very popular mall so it might get overcrowded.
Adresse: Akkopru Mah. Konya Devlet Yolu No:5, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 541 12 12


You will find this little gem just outside the Citadel gates. This is the perfect store for non-kitschy gifts and provides a selection of items for the home, bath and kitchen such as soaps, olive oils, Turkish towels and a variety of other lotions.
Adresse: Rahmi Koc Muzesi, Cengelhan Dukkanlari 10/1, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 311 89 44

Nata Vega Outlet

Located right next to the aquarium, this huge shopping centre will get you lost for hours – it has stores for all tastes and ages.
Adresse: Dogukent Bulv. Mamak, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 554 27 00
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 10am–10pm

Kentpark Alisveris Merkezi

Kentpark Alisveris Merkezi is a very modern and spacious shopping mall that provides everything from fashion clothing and shoes, to jewellery, electronics, homemaker's and restaurants. Here you will find many high fashion brands such as Calvin Klein, Gap, Lacoste, Timberland, Victoria Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, Disney Baby and Swatch.
Adresse: Eskisehir Yolu No:164 Çankaya, Ankara
Telefon: +90 444 74 77

Forum Ankara Outlet

Forum Ankara Outlet is located in the Ovacik region of the Kecioren district and is easily accessible from around the city. It opened its doors in 2008 and since then it has become a major centre of attraction. Here you will find everything from fashion clothing and shoes to toys, books, jewellery, bags, sport items, electronics and a cinema.
Adresse: Yozgat Bulvarı 99, Ovacık Keçiören, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 567 10 00

Local Markets

Even if don't plan to buy any food, it is still fun to take a walk through one of the many local markets. The largest market is situated in the centre of Ankara, behind the Abdi Ipekçi Park in Sihhiye. The market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Adresse: Sihhiye, Ankara


This world famous brand soon has a store in every mid-size town and in Ankara you find several outlets. Here you find the latest fashion for men, women and children, everything from street wear to the more up-dressed look.
Adresse: Konya Yolu Mevlana Bulvari Magaza 190, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 287 50 35


This Swedish chain, that you nowadays find almost everywhere in the world, provides high street fashion for both men and women at prices suiting everyone. Here in Ankara you can find boutiques located on different locations around town.
Adresse: Halil Sezai Erkut Cad. Afra Sok. No:1/A Ayvalı, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 322 50 44

Panora AVM

Another big shopping mall in Ankara where you will find not only unique international brands but also national brands. With five floors of stores, cafes, restaurants, bowling, video games and a cinema theatre, you will not get bored.
Adresse: Turan Güneş Bulvarı No. 182 Oran Çankaya, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 490 42 50
Åpningstider: Sun–Sat 10am–10pm

Esenboğa International Airport

Ankara Esenboga Airport is located approximately 33 kilometers north of Ankara. Airport shuttle buses run regularly to and from the city. The buses for the city centre do not operate between 9.30pm–3am. There are also public city buses operating shuttle services to and from the airport. Taxis are also an option – even though they are more expensive, taxi service is available 24 hours a day.
Adresse: Ankara Esenboga Airport, Ankara
Telefon: +90 312 590 4000

Best Time to Visit

Ankara's inland location grants the city a continental climate. From June to September is the peak tourist season since the warm weather makes for a pleasant summer with refreshingly cool nights. Winters in the city can reach negative temperatures with occasional snowfall. It rains during spring and autumn.


Tourists from the majority of countries belonging to the Schengen Area can enter Turkey without a visa for periods of 30 up to 90 days. Other countries that benefit from visa-free access are Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Ecuador, Iran, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Morocco, Qatar, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. There are 42 countries that have permission to apply for an e-Visa online, among which are Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Ireland, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, the UK, and the US. National identity cards are accepted instead of passports for citizens of Belgium, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Northern Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Ukraine. If you're not sure whether to apply for a visa and how long you can stay in Turkey, it is advised that you visit the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or contact the embassy or consulate in your country.

Public Transport

In Ankara, transportation is varied, cheap, and easy. The Metro is the fastest way to get around most parts of the city. The city buses are also very convenient and reliable. Asti Bus Terminal is the main bus terminal for long distance coaches.


In all Turkish cities, it is not hard to get a taxi, and they are also the easiest way to get around. Look for the yellow taxis with the sign “Taksi” on top. In Ankara and Turkey in general, you can also find Dolmuş, a cheap taxi service with cars and minibuses, stopping at requested stops.


Post offices are generally open from 8:30am–5:30pm, and some branches close for lunch between 12.30pm-1.30pm. Some of the major post offices stay open until 12am. A few branches are also open on Saturdays.


Pharmacies, called Eczane, are plenty and easy to spot. You can find pharmacies open during the night in every neighbourhood. Their names and addresses are written on the windows of all pharmacies. Pharmacies are normally open 9am–7pm.


Country code: +90 Area code: 0312


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