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Tour code: 5966PICNIC
Feast on Istanbul’s favorite snacks on this 3.5-hour walking tour of the city’s food stops, stalls and markets. With a guide passionate about Turkish cuisine, explore the Spice Bazaar to try staples such as ‘pastirma’ dried beef and artisanal cheeses. Then, sample more delicacies on a Bosphorus ferry ride to the Asian-side district of Üsküdar. Stroll the scenic waterfront and visit a teahouse to try some mouth-watering Turkish delight and refreshing tea before returning to the European side. This tour is limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience.

Highlights

  • 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

Join your guide and small group near Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar to begin your 3.5-hour food tour. Then, set off through the colorful streets to discover the city’s tastiest and most typical street eats.

Stroll around the fringes of the Spice Bazaar to explore the enticing food stands. Stop at the most interesting stalls and try some locally loved staples such as pastirma, artisanal cheeses and chunks of melt-in-the-mouth Turkish delight from Istanbul’s oldest sweet makers.



Chat to the friendly traders, and watch as your guide selects assorted street snacks for you to sample during the next stage of your tour — a boat ride to Istanbul’s Asian side.

Foods bought will depend on the season, but may include such mouth-watering morsels as simit (bagel-like bread sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds), halva (sweets made with sesame flour and honey), olives and cheeses.

With snacks duly purchased, walk to the nearby portside at Eminönü, and take the ferry across the Bosphorus to the Üsküdar district.
As you sail, perhaps sample the goodies chosen by your guide, and admire the stellar views as you cross the waters between Europe and Asia.

Step ashore and stretch your legs along the scenic Üsküdar waterside. Pass bustling cafés and stop at a tea house that offers a stunning vantage point over the Bosphorus and Maiden’s Tower, a medieval watchtower rising from a small island.

Sink your teeth into delectable Turkish delight and enjoy a cup of traditional tea as you chat with your guide about the influences that have shaped Turkey’s cuisine.

Afterward, ride the metro back to Eminönü, where your tour finishes. If you wish, get restaurant recommendations or directions back to your hotel from your guide before saying goodbye.

Customer Reviews

Lorenext

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.

Sarah W

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.

Maria S M

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.

Susan R

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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