3.5 star rating: Worth doing 10 Reviews

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

Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

Sample your way through Istanbul on this small-group food and culture tour. Stroll the city’s historic streets with an expert guide, dipping into local markets and cafes along the way. Taste foods from typical streets vendors and patisseries (own expense), and peruse some local shops as well. This tour offers a great overview of Istanbul’s lively food scene. Group size is limited to 15 people to ensure a quality experience. 


  • 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 savory tour launches near Taksim Square, where you will meet your local guide and the rest of the small group. From the centrally located square, set off for your first stop. As you walk through this bustling district of Istanbul, listen to your guide explain fascinating anecdotes about the area. Prep your palate for tasty treats to come (all tastings at own expense).

Make your way through Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul’s busy pedestrian street lined with a melange of restaurants, galleries, cafes, and shops. Stop into some that pique your interest along the way, and take advantage of insider recommendations from your in-the-know guide. 

Gear up for more bites as your approach the most concentrated area of restaurants, Cicek Pasaji (Cité de Péra), which dates back to 1876 when it originally opened as a theater. Continue on to a local market where the brave can sample traditional kokorec (grilled lamb intestines).

Savor local delicacies from Istanbul’s street vendors, such as stuffed mussels (kumpir) and massive baked potatoes stuffed with an array of mind-bending toppings. Follow your guide to St Anthony of Padua Church (Sant'Antonio di Padova Church) and the Pera Museum. At Pera Square, admire the Golden Horn, where famous poet Pierre Loti wrote much of his poetry. Refuel with a glass of potent Turkish tea. 

Stop by Istanbul’s oldest patisserie, Markiz, to try Turkish coffee and maybe some sweet treats in the convivial atmosphere. Lastly, cruise a few local cafeterias before departing the group to continue exploring Istanbul on your own. 

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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