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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

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.


  • 4-hour food walking tour of Istanbul
  • Follow your knowledgeable local guide along Istiklal Avenue to discover local food culture
  • Visit several traditional shops, patisseries, cafes, markets and street vendors
  • Try a variety of dishes like mussels, sausage, spiced lamb, chocolates and pastries (samples at own expense)
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

Small-Group Istanbul Food Culture Walking Tour

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

We really enjoyed the tour and thought the guide was good. It was more a cultural tour than a food tour. We visited 4 churches, all different and interesting. We had lunch which was great and tasted some Turkish delight. Based on the description we thought there would be more opportunity to taste a variety of foods.
The walk through all the back streets and lanes took us to parts we would not otherwise have visited and was very interesting.
We had been given poor advice and it took us longer to reach the starting point but we were grateful the guide waited for us.

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2015

Our guide Sevilay was knowledgeable about Turkish history and showed us many interesting sights . We loved sampling local food.

United Arab Emirates

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

Our tour guide, Mehmet, was a young local lad - knowledgeable and well spoken. The tour takes you down Istikhlal street up to the Galata Tower and back. Since my family were the only ones for the tour, our tour was hassle free. Our guide was informative and recommended places to shop or dine where you could get the best quality or price. Note that the walk down Istikhlal street is fine, but coming back up could be slightly difficult as it is on an incline.

If you are not comfortable traveling on your own and exploring new places, this would be a good tour to get you familiarized with one of the most popular areas of Istanbul, where you can come back and explore on your own pace after the tour. If you are OK exploring places on your own, then I would give this tour a miss.

Sharon Z

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2013

Guide was knowledgeable, we were given an incorrect start time so arrive one hour early.... Our problem but we did not read that we had to buy any samples sp she took us to places, explained the food then onto the next place. The odd thing was when we went back to those same places every single store gave us a sample when we asked! We had been on an amazing food tour in Paris and expected the same. Tour lasted a bare two hours, not the 3 to 4.

Robyn C

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2014

Certainly not the best food tour we have done. Did not get to taste a lot of Turkish food. Did lot of walking through different districts but did not learn much of the Turkish culture. Disappointed

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2013

Although the walking tour of the Taksim area was perfectly pleasant, it was not the food tour I was anticipating. My first clue was that the tour was scheduled for 8:30 on Sunday morning when the majority of restaurants and shops are closed

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2013

I had signed up for a 4 hour food tour but we we had was a 2 hour city sights tour. Unfortunately, we had already seen most of the sites on another tour. The guide however was very nice and knowledgable. She was just evidently told to give the wrong tour!

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