The day must always begin with a cup of coffee or double espresso. I’ll let you in on a secret: the port of Kusadasi has a Starbucks and yes, I did partake many times. But when I’m feeling like something different I walk along the ocean to Robert’s Coffee and always order the Turkish coffee which comes with a yummy Turkish delight. Even my friend’s cappuccino was accompanied by a treat but usually it’s only when you order the real deal: the thick, strong, gritty Turkish coffee.
Here’s a tid-bit, we went back and forth from Turkey to Greece so many times that I ultimately always made the silly mistake of ordering a Greek coffee while in Turkey and a Turkish coffee while in Greece – two very similar drinks but always quite embarrassing!
During one of our many stops in Kusadasi we ate at Bulbul Restaurant. We wanted something a bit out of the way hoping it would be more authentic than most of the tourist traps you come across so near to the port. I believe we found it here as all of us left happy and filled. Oops, there’s my Starbucks Iced Americano in the background! So much for being authentic that day…
The final images are one of the best parts of being in Kusadasi – visiting the ruins of Ephesus which are only a short drive away. This archeological site was amazing and a must see. We were lucky enough to see it both during the day and night when we joined guests on a special musical evening: an 8-piece orchestra performed under the moon and stars right next to the ancient Colosseum as we sipped wine and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres.
All in all Kusadasi is a great place to visit. There are enough comforts of home along with exotic things to see and do. I always felt safe even when roaming alone and never had problems with communication. On our last visit there I purchased my very own Turkish coffee pot and grounds and I am looking forward to making it myself once back home!