There is a very famous Antique Bar called Kabare 33 on the Mersin-Tarsus road. The highly educated ladies do some fantastic dance shows at this place. Families are very welcomed to this lovely bar.
Buy very high quality leather jackets from the bazaar just beside Holly Mosque (local name Ulu Cami). Don't forget to bargain, after bargaining 15 minutes, you might be able to buy leather jacket for half price. If the owner doesn't lower the price, start acting like an actress, make him believe that you are leaving the place and not buying anything. And watch, in how many seconds, he will start yelling "Abi or Abla, waitt waittt" and don't go back to the magazine immediately and don't look at him at the very first minute.
Meals unique to Tarsus are kuş gözü, handy mince meat, hummus, telatur (teletür), stuffed eya, şırdan, tutmaç soup, lepe, övelemeç, ring soup; deserts are tarsus baklava (with walnut), cezerye, bandırma Turkish delight.
Tantuni is one of the most famous food in this region. Don't leave the city without tasting it. In the center of city, you will see lots of small local restaurants with this special fantastique food.
Drink Salgam when you go there, actually Adana is more famous for its Salgam but still in Mersin, you may taste a good Salgam. Go to Ozkanlar Bufe just in front of Alanya Firini in Pozcu District. Ask to the locals how you can go to "Alanya Firini" they will start giving directions to you right at the moment.
Also, the city is very famous for one of its local drinks called "ATOM". You can find ATOM also in the Ozkanlar. After drinking Atom, ask how you can go to Mersin Social House. This place is always a good place for relaxing after having a strong Atom.
There are many hotels in the city, but one of the best ones is Sultasa Hotel. It is a kind of in the city center. The entrance fee for this place is 35YTL excluding accommodation. For accommodation, you should pay 80YTL more.