Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Fethiye Terrace Bars - Cafe Geniş




Scan through most city travel guides and it's more than likely you'll come across recommendations for those people who like to enjoy a drink while enjoying views from above the city (Istanbul's terrace bars spring to mind). The roof terrace is an enticing addition to a bar or restaurant for many people (including us), often rewarding those who make the effort to get there with a whole new perspective on settings that are usually so familiar. 

Well, we didn't want our home city to be left out. There are lots of places for eating and drinking in Fethiye so we thought we'd sift through them all and start our very own series featuring the terrace bars of Fethiye - and, when we sat down to think about it, there are quite a few of them. We've already written about Cadde Cafe with its terrace views over the marina and so let's continue the terrace theme with a long-standing feature on the Fethiye map, Cafe Geniş.

Cafe Geniş, Fethiye
Looking towards Çalış from the roof terrace
Cafe Geniş has been around for as long as we can remember, but it was only a few years ago that, during the winter months, the workmen arrived and began to practically knock the place down and start all over again. We stroll by here most days so we watched developments and, by and by, noticed the appearance of a new roof terrace. "Great idea," we thought. A few other businesses along Fethiye harbour must have agreed with our thoughts because they subsequently set about constructing their own terraces! Yes, there is certainly no shortage of elevation along Fethiye harbour these days.
Letoonia From Çafe Geniş, Fethiye
Looking towards Letoonia from the roof terrace of Cafe Geniş
And, why not? Just look at the views. The cafes along this stretch of harbour have prime locations so why not make the most of them? And yet, head up to the terrace of Cafe Geniş in the daytime and you'll probably have the place to yourself, while downstairs will have its usual smattering of passing custom. 

Well, whatever the reason for the lack of upstairs population, we love to enjoy an Efes Pilsen while viewing the bay from a more elevated position. We can idle the time away, watching gülets and luxury yachts sail into the marina. We watch the Çalış water taxi puttering its way back and forth - and of course, we can also indulge in our other favourite pastime of watching the world go by (okay, people watching) from a less visible vantage point. 

Cafe Geniş: Extra Info
  • Cafe Geniş is along Fethiye harbour in Cumhuriyet Mahallesi, just behind the statue of Atatürk. View on our map of Fethiye.
  • Despite the fantastic views from both the terrace and downstairs, a beer won't cost you an arm and a leg. (6 TL Summer 2012).
  • There is a menu but we use the harbourside cafes to meet and chat with friends over a drink so we've never eaten here. 
  • As with most of the bars and restaurants in Fethiye, Cafe Geniş have free wi-fi - and they also have sockets for those of you who need to recharge laptops and tablets.
  • Cafe Geniş is open all year. Their open fire in the winter months has been a welcome sight on many occasions! 

15 comments:

What a view!
I can spend the whole day there easily.

I will arrive in 10 days for a three months stay in the turkish heaven of Gunlukbashi-Fethiye-Calis area, and I will certainly make a list of all your suggestions for a terrace with a view. Counting dodos just like kids right now. Keep a cool beer for me please Julia!
Suzanne and Mini from Montreal

@ londoncalling: We have been known to on occasion - unintentionally, of course. :)

@ Suzanne and Mini: Yes, lots more terrace bars to come. They're appearing all the time in Fethiye! :)

@ Jack Scott: Well from your photos, we can most definitely see that! :)

is this the bar where the letoonia boat drops off at ?....if so they also have free wifi

@ Karen: Yes, the Letoonia boat picks up and drops off right outside. We'll ad about the free wi-fi to the info at the bottom, thanks. We tend to take it for granted as it's very rare you don't find free wi-fi in the Fethiye bars. :)

Well, it's a tough job to explore the roof bars of a city, but somebody has to do it! I'm a big fan of roof bars, especially when they offer great views like Cafe Geniş does. Very inviting.

Talking about nice views and terrace, I read about Solvaye island and a bar and resto that you take a cable car up; its call the Kizilada Lighthouse. Have you been there? can you recommend it? I think a boat takes you there and back, either from Fethiye harbour or at Sat club...

@ Cathy Sweeney: Well we keep setting ourselves these tough tasks of digging deeper into Fethiye. We'll know every corner, soon, but at least we enjoy it! :)

@ Anonymous: There is a restaurant with amazing views on Şovalye Island but the restaurant you're talking about is on Red Island, a bit further out to sea. Unfortunately, we don't know too much about it this year as it's changed ownership. The previous owners now have seafood restaurant by the lagoon in Ölü Deniz.

We'll have to do some asking around as we really don't know what the situation is on Red Island - whether it's still operating as a restaurant or not.

The view looks stunning from here. I'm sure you could easily find yourselves spending quite a few hours here! That's a great assignment you have set yourselves!!

@ Jenny: Yes, no Fethiye assignment is too tough for us. ;) We do come to Cafe Geniş quite a lot to take in the scenery.

Thanks for mentioning if the bars are open all year. We are going to be winter visitors.

I believe the restaurant on kizilada is closed now. Such a pity too

@ BacktoBodrum: Lucky you. We love Fethiye in winter. You'll find Fethiye doesn't close down for winter. A few places in Paspatur close but apart from that, life goes on as normal. :)

@ Anonymous: Had a feeling it was. A shame, but the restaurant in Ölü Deniz that the previous people have opened is supposed to be really good.

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