Antalya is the type of region that benefits from its influences. Its Mediterranean location contributes the use of olives and grapes in its production of olive oil and jams, while the inclusion of Turkish favorites like garlic, yogurt, and tahini (sesame seeds) form the basis for popular dishes like piyaz (a bean salad) and Tandır Kebab (a lamb dish). Then again, doner is available pretty much everywhere in Antalya, while Western chains and dining styles are surprisingly common in this increasingly international city.
But WHERE to eat? That is the question. First off, there are a handful of markets and bazaars in central Antalya worth the time to stop and browse. Hadrian's Gate, which provides entrance the the city's old town of Kaleici, is a great place to start. The traditional bazaar is a few blocks south, although there are plenty of places to eat right there on Ataturk Caddesi if you don't feel like going far. West from the gate you'll encounter the Antalya food market and the Old Bazaar, both of which are also ripe for wandering.
As for areas worth a stop for the food selection alone, Kaleici is possibly your best option. Not only are there some classic Turkish landmarks, but these pedestrian streets have a ton of popular outdoor cafes and a number of Turkish restaurants and seafood joints. Just north is the neighborhood of Dogu Garaji, which has a great collection of cheaper alternatives that include doner shops and street vendors. Heading east along the coast, the Fener Caddesi area bears a bit of Western influence in its establishments, so if you're feeling a bit of a burger obsession or are hankering for wi-fi in a trendy coffee shop, then this is a must.
There are going to be a ton of possibilities when it comes to grabbing food in Antalya. Just bring your bartering mentality to the markets and be willing to try local Turkish dishes and you'll come away from your eating experiences in Antalya with a smile on your face.