The Taste of Two Continents

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. Explore!

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.

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 dolmatantuni and kokoreç, as well as other favorite foods of the locals. Enjoy the home-cooked flavours of Kadıköy’s most loved restaurant, Çiya Sofrası. Finally, finish your day with the cool, refreshing flavours of the best Turkish dondurma (ice-cream) in Moda.

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 the buzz of daily life of Istanbulu’s. Join us for a day that is sure to surprise and delight your taste buds and discover the real Istanbul.

  • Discover why Turkish cuisine is one of the world’s most famous
  • Enjoy both sides of beautiful Istanbul, tasting famous Turkish delights on both the European and Asian shores of the city
  • Sample more than 20 wonderful Turkish foods, that you might not discover on your own
  • Learn about Turkish food culture, eat at local restaurants, and visit markets where locals are buying traditional foods to use in their kitchens
  • Discover Istanbul with a professionally licensed foodie guide – passionate about all things food and Istanbul – ready to share information about their culture, Turkish history and modern-day life
  • Experience a delicious outdoors breakfast, of freshly sourced market produce
  • Devour some of the most popular Turkish street foods, from hole-in-the-wall eateries best known to locals
  • Savour the home-cooked, traditional flavours of Çiya Sofrası
  • Cool down at the end of a delicious day with cold Turkish dondurma (ice-cream)

Are beverages served on the tour?

Yes, lots! Full day food tours definitely have more beverage servings – around 6-7 exciting and local non-alcoholic drinks. On our 3-hour-long street food tours you will try 2-3 different local non-alcoholic drinks. We do not serve alcoholic beverages on the tours.

Why is the Istanbul on Food tour cheaper than most of the other food tours? Do you serve less food or lesser quality foods?

Not at all! On the contrary, we believe we serve the very best available dishes on all our tours! In the neighborhoods we visit, usually there are more than half a dozen different food shops serving the same food/dish. We have carefully evaluated them to make sure we visit and eat the best one possible. Our tours are more about quality than quantity. On our full day tours we also serve high end Turkish main courses and kebabs. For instance, on our Two Continents tour, we eat the best ice-cream and döner kebab not only in Istanbul, but in the whole of Turkey. If the price of a food matters, then there is no other more expensive alternatives than what we pay for those dishes.

So, how are our tours still quite reasonably priced compared to others? The answer is simple: We believe you would still book and enjoy our tours if the price tag was 30% higher; but, it is our philosophy to offer exceptional experiences at a reasonable price. This is our value.

Can I shop on the tour?

Yes and no. We never visit a food shop for shopping purposes. However, we do walk some individual neighborhoods, local backstreets and food shops and find their prices for some food items (e.g. saffron, Turkish delight, spices, molasses and other local food products) to be significantly more reasonable compared to touristic areas. We don’t frown upon our guests making quick purchases. But, we kindly remind you to consider your fellow foodies and be mindful of making them wait for you. We will be more than happy to give you directions to help you find your way back to any of the places we visit on our tours, by yourself following the tour. We do not receive any discounts, commissions or kickbacks from any of the establishments we visit on our tours.

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Inclusions

  • All food and drink along the tour, including bottled water as you need
  • A friendly, knowledgeable and passionate English-speaking tour guide
  • Transport by ferry from Europe to Asia (and back again)
  • A day filled with culinary, cultural, historic and personal anecdotes, with a local insider’s view of Istanbul

What To Bring & Wear

  • An empty stomach and a very big appetite!
  • Casual and comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Our tours depart rain or shine, but if rain is forecast you might like to bring an umbrella for the short walking distances between food stops

Cancellation Policy

50% deposit is required upon booking to secure your tour (this can be made via PayPal or with credit card). Cancellations are to be advised at least 24-hours before the commencement of your scheduled tour for a full refund; otherwise, this deposit will be forfeited. Our tours run rain or shine.

Meeting & Finishing Point

Our The Taste of Two Continents tours depart daily at 09:30 or 10:00am and are approximately 6-7 hours in duration.

This tour begins in Istanbul’s Old City; therefore we meet to begin our tour in the heart of Eminönü, close to Spice Market. The exact meeting point and detailed directions will be provided upon booking confirmation.

This tour finishes in Kadikoy Ferry Terminal. Your return ferry tickets are provided. Your guide will help you to catch the Eminonu ferry (back to the spice market) or Karakoy ferry.

Our small, standard tour group size is just 2-6 people. However, we are certainly happy to cater for your larger, private group. Please email us at: info@istanbulonfood.com to discuss.

Photos by Jaakko Mäkilä. Visit Hanna and Jaakko’s blog about our food walk here.

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