Hakkari Restaurants and Shopping

If you really want a taste of life in the region, eat the local fare in the restaurants. Try Kepaye, which is a kind of stuffed tummy and gut, or gulul, which is a solid ayran soup with a mixture of rice, millet and bulgur.

Once, long ago kilim weaving was a purely domestic handicraft practiced in the remote mountain villages of Hakkari. These Kilims were not only functional textiles used as bedspreads in cold weather, but also showpieces that exhibited the weaving skills of local lasses and ladies. This cottage handicraft has grown into a small industry today, and women weave kilims for the commercial market in workshops in order to earn a living for their families. These kilims are a symbol of the regional culture, which you can carry back home with you as a memento.