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A tasty journey back in time through Istanbul’s historic Old City and the back streets surrounding the iconic Spice Bazaar. Discover the area’s best eateries and dine where the locals do. Indulge in foods cooked by the masters, following recipes that have been handed down through generations. End your day with a traditional Anatolian lunch. Eat. Walk. Enjoy! Delicious Turkish tea Raw meatballs – will you try it? Enjoy browsing the markets Famous Turkish baklava OVERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS TOUR DETAILS SCHEDULE REVIEWS Our Flavours of the Old City Tour gives you the chance to savour some of the best local foods Istanbul has to offer, while wandering the back streets around the markets of the Spice Bazaar. Discover a side of Istanbul that only the locals know about. Discover how Turkish cuisine has developed over Istanbul’s long history as the capital of 3 different empires – right where it all began, in the heart of the Old City. Sit down to a local market-style breakfast after sourcing our foods fresh from the market, and sip on tea the way that Turks enjoy it. Taste original Turkish baklava and katmer the way it should be – fresh from the traditional wood-fired ovens. Feast your tastebuds on local favourites like kokoreç (we’ll tell you what that is later) and cağ kebabı (the grandfather of the modern döner kebab) – from the best local hole-in-the-wall restaurants that the locals are enjoying. Stop in at a generations-old lokum (Turkish Delight) shop and see how the popular sweet is made. Experience over 15 different foods during your day. Finally, finish your tour with a traditional Anatolian-style lunch – cooked just the way it has been in central Anatolia for generations. This is an opportunity to savour during your visit to Istanbul, and experiencing the true taste of...Read More
Get a taste for both sides of Istanbul. Indulge in a market breakfast in Europe in the heart of the historic Old City, before crossing to Asia and wandering the fashionable streets of Kadıköy. Spend your day feasting on a mix of the city’s best traditional and new delicacies, from the tastiest eateries. Discover Istanbul’s unique blend of old and new, on the world’s only city straddling two continents. Eat. Walk. Enjoy! Dishes from Ciya Restaurant Traditional sweet shop Turkish candies Crunchy, delicious katmer OVERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS TOUR DETAILS SCHEDULE REVIEWS We will begin our morning with a delicious Turkish breakfast of locally sourced produce on Istanbul’s European side; before crossing the mighty Bosphorus by ferry to explore the more modern and chic area of Kadıköy, on the Asian side. Along the way, enjoy the beautiful and unique views of Istanbul’s two continents from the heart of the famous mighty Bosphorus. The chic area of Kadıköy is home to some of the best local restaurants in Istanbul, frequented a new generation of Turks who love to dine out, while still savouring the flavours of their childhood. Sip on freshly brewed Turkish coffee while enjoying locally-made baklava. Taste delicious dolma, tantuni and kokoreç, as well as other favorite foods of the locals. Enjoy the home-cooked flavours of Kadıköy’s most loved restaurant, Çiya Sofrası. Sweeten your tastebuds with the largest variety of Turkish sugared sweets in Kadıköy. Finally, finish your day with the cool, refreshing flavours of the best Turkish dondurma (ice-cream) in Kadıköy. We’ll make more than 10 different stops during our walk with a variety of samples at each – enough to fill your belly to the brim with all the amazing flavours that make up Turkish cuisine! This is a real chance to immerse yourself inside Istanbul’s food scene, and also experience...Read More
Embark on an unforgettable tasting adventure into the city’s lively heart of Taksim and Beyoğlu. Experience the city in the full-swing of the evening – when the locals come out to play. Savour the best local street foods, specialties from the Black Sea region, kebabs you didn’t know existed, and the sweetest desserts. And, of course, an Istanbul evening wouldn’t be complete without a glass of famous rakı! Get into the midst of it all, and have a taste of Istanbul’s evening life. Eat. Walk. Enjoy! Real baklava is cooked in a wood-fired oven, and there are just too many varieties to choose from Içli köfte are delicious parcels of meaty goodness will leave you wanting more Don’t disregard the entrails dish kokoreç until you try it – you might be surprised how much you enjoy it’s tasty flavours OVERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS TOUR DETAILS SCHEDULE REVIEWS Spend an evening discovering and eating your way through Istanbul’s lively heart with us, on our Twilight at Taksim Tour. Taksim and Beyoğlu are favourite areas of locals to eat out, socialise and enjoy life – every night of the week. Exploring the best local eateries of the area in the evening light gives you the opportunity to experience the city like a true Istanbul local. Feast your tastebuds on some of the best street food and kebabs Istanbul has to offer – and learn that there is more than meets the eye (or nose and tastebuds) when it comes to choosing exactly which type of kebab you want to eat. Savour the sweetest baklava in the city from traditional creators. Enjoy a glass of Turkey’s real national drink, rakı (alcoholic aniseed-flavoured beverage). And this is just the beginning! Taste over 12 different specialties during your tour. Join us for an evening of great food, good drink, and...Read More
Discover the real flavours of Istanbul. Eat. Walk. Enjoy!
Experience the best food and drink in the city while our expert foodies make Istanbul’s long and colourful history come alive – and have some serious fun along the way! Join us in discovering the real flavours of Istanbul. See Istanbul like a native. Become a culinary tourist!
Delight your tastebuds with a variety of traditional and street foods in generations-old local eateries while exploring Istanbul’s Old City and back streets surrounding the famous Spice Bazaar. Finish your day with a special experience – an unforgettable home-cooked lunch with our host in her own home.
Explore both sides of the famous city which sits on two continents. Enjoy a traditional outdoors breakfast in the Old City on the European shore, before crossing the mighty Bosphorus to Asia. Stroll through the fashionable streets of Kadıköy, sampling the best new and traditional delicacies this chic area has on offer.
Enjoy a lively evening of food and fun in Istanbul’s bustling metropolitan heart of Taksim. Mix with the locals, enjoy sampling the local street food, uncover types of kebab you didn’t know existed, indulge in the sweetest sweets – and wash it all down with a glass of rakı.
“The soul comes through the throat.” — Turkish proverb
Food is as important when experiencing Turkey, as is the country’s long cultural history. Food – how we make it, how we eat it, and how we share it – is really the cultural embodiment of where Turks come from, and who we are today. The food offered in Turkey is perhaps even more diverse and with a more complex history, than the cultural monuments of the country.
Are you visiting the beautiful Hagia Sofia? Also, eat çiğ köfte.
Do you plan to visit the imperial Topkapi Palace? Eat karnıyarık, too.
Will you make a trip inside the ornate Blue Mosque? Make sure you don’t miss out on indulging in kunefe.
Because, just as the famous historical monuments are some of the highlights of Turkey; the country’s rich cuisine should also be experienced and enjoyed, in order to really understand Turkey. Tasting more than kebabs and baklava is important – and we are here to help you to taste the unexpected and the hidden edible treasures of Turkey.
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