Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul
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  • 4 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Get an insider’s look at Istanbul’s food culture as you follow your local guide on a small-group walking tour. Visit a variety of traditional shops, patisseries, cafes, markets and street vendors that only few visitors know about, and taste some delicious bites (samples at own expense) along the way.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Taksim Square, Gumussuyu Mh., Istanbul 34437 Turkey

Your culinary adventure begins in Central Istanbul near Taksim Square. Follow your guide on a walking through the city to gain a unique insight into the local food culture and try some yummy bites (all tastings at own expense).


Duration: 1 minute

Stop At: Istiklal Street Taksim Beyoglu, Istanbul Turkey

Stroll along Istiklal Avenue, a bustling pedestrian street that’s home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and clubs, art galleries, cinemas, libraries, cafes, patisseries and chocolatiers. Stop by some of these places to taste some traditional bites like cream puffs, chocolates, sausages and juices.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cicek Pasaji, Huseyinaga Mh Beyoglu, Istanbul Turkey

Next, visit the main circle of restaurants on the avenue, named Cicek Pasaji (Cité de Péra), which opened as a theater in 1876. Your next stop will be a small fish market, where you can taste kokorec (grilled, spiced lamb intestines).

As you pass street vendors, sample some fried or stuffed mussels or kumpir, a huge baked potato that you can stuff with your choice of toppings including butter, cheese, yogurt, a couscous-like bulgur wheat called kisir, corn, peas, olives, hot dog slices, pickled veggies and hot sauce.


Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St Anthony of Padua, Istiklal Caddesi No: 171, Istanbul 34433 Turkey

Continue your walk to St Anthony of Padua Church (Sant'Antonio di Padova Church) and the Pera Museum. Then, at Pera Square, experience the beautiful view of the Golden Horn, where famous poet Pierre Loti wrote much of his poetry. Feel free to buy a glass of local Turkish tea here before heading down a narrow street where vendors serve lamb liver over a charcoal grill.


Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Pera Museum, Mesrutiyet Cad. No.65 Tepebaşı, Istanbul 34443 Turkey

Next, visit the oldest patisserie in Istanbul, Markiz, where you can sample Turkish coffee while enjoying the atmosphere. Your last stop will be a series of cafeterias serving both international and local cuisine, a popular hangout among locals.

Duration: 45 minutes

Inclusions
  • Beverages (water and tea)
  • Local guide

Exclusions
  • Food tastings
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Departure Point

The Marmara Taksim, Gümüşsuyu Mahallesi, Gümüşsuyu, Osmanlı Sk. 1/B, 34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey


Departure Time

1:00 PM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

4 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Tetiana Z

09 Jan, 2017

First I would like to say thank you to our guide Sevilay Tokmak. My husband and I had a tour on the 1st of January on Sunday and we were the only tourists.
The culture and food tour is absolutely worth visiting! It shows the hidden face of Istanbul. The tour takes place in Taxim area, you will find a lot of small local cafes, old churches, tiny shops. Sevilay shows the other side of Istanbul, not such majestic, but very local and nice. We've visited many old churches of different confessions, in one of them Sevilay asked a guy to open the church for us. We ate some local food and tried the ayran drink in small cafe. We ate deserts in a place so loved by people that they protested against closing it. We walked in small narrow streets looking at old houses, every with it's own history. We went through small stores with scarfs, soap and different other stuff. Visited a cafe which served only Turkish coffee, and Sevilay told my fortune by coffee grounds. It was not like a tour, but like you are walking with a friend. In the end she advised us several places to eat and drink, and all her advices were 100 helpful.
Again, thank you guys!

FAV TOURS

06 Oct, 2014

Our Guide Lila was fantastic. super cute, energetic, knowledgable about the Taksim area. She took us to some very good local eateries including the best baklava and coffee. We really enjoyed it.

Margaret D

22 Apr, 2014

Great tour guide and a great tour to food places few tourists would find without this guide.

Marilyn J. T

03 Jun, 2013

This was excellent. It was more than just food culture. It was Turkish culture and food. The guide was excellent. We learned so much about the culture and history and how they are expressed today through food, family and life in general. My daughters said it was the best of the 2 tours that we took because we were able to get out and interact with "real" people and not just other tourists and the local salesmen.

Ngan Yu Cindy L

09 Apr, 2018

Our guide is very helpful and informative. She has a very good attitude and she is professional. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour!

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Galata Tower

Birds flying across the Galata Tower

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Galata Tower

A view of the Galata Tower

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Fresh squeezed juice

A vendor stands near his stall serving freshly squeezed orange and pomergrenate juice and donor kebabs

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Stuffed clams

Fresh stuffed claqms with a touch of lemon

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Decorated Taksim Tram

Tram along Taksim and Istikhlal street, decorated for occasions.

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