More about Van
Van is a city of half a million people an hour's drive from Iran, populated predominantly by Kurds. In the heart of the country's largest lake of the same name is the island of Akhtamar with an Armenian temple of the 10th century. The mountain valleys are fragrant with the aromas of meadow flowers, among which rabbits frolic.
An alley departs from the main city boulevard, informally called Breakfast Makers Street.
There are indeed several famous chefs who specialize in preparing morning food. In 2014, over 50,000 people gathered in Van for the most-invited breakfast party to break the Guinness World Record.
At times, the city center turns into a huge open market, on the streets of which vendors offer all kinds of food. There you can taste grilled liver, chicken kebab and other delicacies, as well as drink fragrant Turkish tea from huge samovars. The air is filled with smoke from the braziers and the aromas of coffee and roasted meat. But the most romantic breakfast verandas are on the shores of Lake Van. The local restaurants serve fresh, locally sourced food, with a different taste than the chain restaurants in Istanbul, and worth the drive across the country for them.
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