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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Istanbul by Night: Turkish Food Tour

Discover Istanbul’s culinary delights on a 5-hour evening food tour of the capital. Led by an expert local guide, your tour includes visit to all the food hotspots around the city that many tourists don’t even know about. Check out a traditional ‘simit’ bakery, grill your own kebabs on an open fire in a barbeque restaurant, and visit a ‘meyhane’ (Turkish tapas bar) for meze and live music!

Numbers are limited to 15 people on this small-group food tour, ensuring you'll enjoy personalized attention from your guide.


  • 5-hour Turkish food tour of Istanbul led by an expert local guide
  • Step off the main tourist trail and eat like a local
  • Enjoy a simit bagel in a locally renowned bakery and visit a kiraathane (meeting room)
  • Grill your own kebabs on an open fire in a barbeque restaurant
  • Party the night away in a Turkish tapas bar with live music
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Istanbul by Night: Turkish Food Tour

Istanbul by Night: Turkish Food Tour

Bridging the gap between Eastern and Mediterranean food, Turkish cuisine represents a tantalizing fusion of simple ingredients flavored with complex blends of spices and herbs, and Istanbul – as the country's capital – is most definitely Turkey's culinary hotspot. With a staggering array of sidewalk cafes, street sellers, and bustling meyhanes, knowing where to find the best food can be bewildering. Luckily, your expert guide will introduce you to the hidden spots that only locals know of, where you’ll try some of Istanbul’s much-loved specialties.

After a pickup from your central Istanbul hotel, first stop is at a traditional bakery to try a simit bagel. Enjoy this sticky treat, covered with grape molasses and sesame seeds, on the way to a local kiraathane where you’ll see local men relaxing and playing cards. Sit back and relax here with a traditional Turkish tea, chatting with your guide about Istanbul.

Hop back on board your minibus and head to a self-service barbeque restaurant (Ocakbaşi) to sit by the fire and grill your own kebab. As your guide entertains you with stories about Turkish food and culture, sip on a glass of raki – aniseed-flavored liquor that’s popular as an aperitif. Take a stroll down one of the city’s busy restaurant-strung streets, and then head inside a lively meyhane to spend the rest of your evening.

As live music takes place, transforming the bar’s atmosphere from laid back to lively, tuck in to a plate of Turkish meze starters, followed by a steaming bowl of soup – known as Işkembe Çorbasi. Nights in Istanbul’s meyhanes typically last until late, so make the most of your evening here with more raki and Turkish coffee (one of each included). Your evening finishes with a drop off at your hotel around 12:30am.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was a wonderful experience in tasting Turkish delicacies and drinks at various cafes in the heart of vibrant Taksim Square. The tour guide was very informative and outgoing. A great way to sample the wonderful foods and drinks of Turkey. My wife and I enjoyed it immensely.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour really does depend on the types of guests that join you - as they can either make it or break it! Thankfully the group on my food tour had to urgently leave shortly after it had started, leaving me to have an exclusive one-on-one private food tour with my guide. As a result, it was brilliant! The variety food you'll experience along with the various establishments throughout Taksim provides for a great overview of the country's food and culture. With a very informative guide, I was able to sample local delicacies I normally wouldn't eat, along with Turkish beer and authentic coffee! Highly recommend...but book as a group you will have more fun!.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was one of the of our whole stay in Istanbul. We had two terrific young male guides with only four Americans on this adventure. The food was excellent and had a full variety...but the tripe soup took some getting used to! WE loved being out amongst the locals and going to the game room complete with the tea drinks was also unforgettable. Thank you for a wonderful experience and one definitely worth every penny!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Absolutely loved the tour, excellent food well apart from the tripe soup! our favourite part was playing okey in the men's club, such a non touristy experience.....we searched istanbul until we found a boxed set to take home!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

great Guide
Food not so good
Avoid the seafood i.e. mussels
i suffered the next day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Good tour to taste local food at local joints. Our favorite was the tribe's a little lamby, but with some garlic and chili and vinegar, it's all good...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Absolutely outstanding tour! Would do it again in a heartbeat. Our tour guide was nice and patient with our questions. Save your appetite, there is a great deal of food on this one :)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was a really fun and interesting tour. I don't remember our guide's name but she was very well-spoken and interesting, and we had a chance to try some truly local foods that I would very likely not have sampled on my own. The tour was well-paced and we visited some truly local restaurants/cafes as well as the famous Cicek Pasaji. It was also interesting walking along Istiklal Street at nighttime and seeing all the foot traffic. This was a great tour and I highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This was a fun way to experience Turkish food and culture. We were picked up at our hotel and shuttled to Independence Street. We were only a group of 5, which was just right. We started at a place where the men go and play the game Okay. We learned how to play, plus were given a little bit of strategy by some locals. From then on we went to various restaurants and sampled lots of different foods. Kabobs, mussels, trip end of course raki. The tour didn't finish until well after midnight. Fun was had by all!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was one of my favorite tours yet. Yuke was our tour guide; she was friendly, warm, and all around fantastic. She provided great insight into the Turkish culture, while we walked around Taksim square and the surrounding area. We got to experience great Turkish cuisine and tried traditional food that we would never have tried on our own. We LOVED this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone who has an open mind and wants to truly experience the city and its culture.

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