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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Istanbul Street Food Tour and Picnic

Discover Istanbul’s tantalizing street eats on a 3.5-hour tour of the city’s street food scene! Led by a food-loving guide, visit the Spice Bazaar to try local delicacies such as ‘pastirma,’ Turkish cheeses and other treats. Then, cross the continents on a ferry to Üsküdar on Istanbul’s Asian side. Stroll along the waterfront, and enjoy Turkish delight and a traditional tea or yogurt drink as you admire views of the Maiden’s Tower, before returning to the European side. 

Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour for a personalized experience.


  • 3.5-hour Istanbul street food tour with a local guide
  • Explore the Spice Bazaar and stalls that are popular with the locals
  • Sample pastirma (dried beef), traditional cheeses and other treats while chatting to traders
  • Cross from Europe to Asia on a ferry to Üsküdar on Istanbul’s Asian side
  • Stroll scenic Üsküdar waterfront and enjoy views of the Maiden’s Tower
  • Visit a waterside tea shop to enjoy Turkish delight and a Turkish tea or yogurt drink
  • Enjoy a personalized experience on this small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people

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What You Can Expect

Istanbul Street Food Tour and Picnic

Sample some of Istanbul's favorite specialities on an afternoon food tour

Meet your guide near Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, and start your street food tour with a stroll around the impressive foodie market. Discover the stalls that are true local favorites and run your tastebuds past delicacies such as pastirma, artisan cheeses and some of the finest Turkish delight from a long-established sweet maker.

While exploring and chatting with the friendly traders, your guide will buy delicious treats for you to sample on the next leg of your tour — your visit to Istanbul’s Asian side. Foods bought will vary on the season, but expect to dig into delicacies such as pastirma, olives, halva (a sweet made with sesame flour and honey), simit (bagel-like bread with toasted sesame seeds) and traditional Turkish cheeses.

Leave the bazaar and walk to nearby Eminönü Port on the Bosphorus. Here, catch a ferry to Üsküdar on Istanbul’s Asian shore, enjoying the views as you travel between the two continents of Europe and Asia.

On arrival, stroll along Üsküdar’s waterfront past cafés and mosques, and follow your guide to a traditional tea shop with panoramic views of the Bosphorus and Maiden’s Tower, the medieval tower that rises from the water. Absorb the setting as you enjoy some Turkish delight and a traditional Turkish tea or yogurt drink, and chat to your guide about the country’s culinary culinary culture and traditions.

After relaxing with great refreshments and conversation, take the metro back to Eminönü Port, where your tour finishes. Return to your hotel with directions from your guide, or, if you wish to enjoy the evening in the city center, ask your guide for insider tips on where to go.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

You get to try a lot of things and have the chance to buy some tea and spices at the bazaar.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

It was a really pleasant tour, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and a really nice guy. We got to taste typical Turkish food and sat in the sun having a picnic and some apple tea.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2013

Very nice and knowledgeable guide and interesting tour. I wish we had tasted more foods and had visited the market a little longer.

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2013

Compared to other food tours was uninspiring. , fresh meatball tho was showstopper! Nice guide. Viator is wonderful tho in very way!

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