Tucked away near the high end businesses of Ataturk Caddesi and the ever-popular Kaleici neighborhood, you're first reaction to Dogu Garaji may be to turn around and find an area that calls out more ardently to tourists. Such a response makes sense, especially when you notice that the biggest landmark in the area is actually a huge hole in the ground where construction for a shopping mall has been put indefinitely on hold due to archaeological excavation. Still, the Embark traveler may put aside such aesthetic difficulties if there are other reasons to visit; consider great street food and a daily market known for an inexpensive range of everything from carpets to local produce plenty of reason.
Just east of the Old Bazaar, this neighborhood is notable largely for the great local food and its convenient location a few steps beyond Hadrian's Gate. You may scoff at the surprising selection of Burger King's and Cold Stone's, but your faith in Turkish cuisine will be rewarded by the typical doner-variety, flavorful local desserts (try Akdeniz Dondurma), and authentic Turkish cuisine like that available at Dürümcü Bedir Usta and Kent Etli Pide. Try the bean salad, known as piyaz, if you're looking to grab something truly Antalyan. No matter where you choose to eat, your stomach will undoubtedly be nearly as pleased as your wallet/purse/fanny-pack.
Note:As for nightlife, your choices are a bit more sporadic, but there are a few whiskey bars and dives along Ali Cetinkaya Caddesi. If you're really thinking about a night out, stroll back to Kaleici or down Ataturk Caddesi.