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Turkish Food in Istanbul

By Viator, March 2018

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Istanbul serves up a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, and food lovers will find a dish to tempt their every craving. Whether you want to discover traditional Turkish dishes, sample Anatolian specialties, or feast on street food snacks—here’s our pick of the best foods and food experiences in Istanbul.

Must-Try Dishes
It’s hard to visit Turkey without tucking into a kebab, and there are plenty of varieties from which to choose, including skewered shish kebabs, wrapped doner kebabs, and spicy Adana kebabs. Other regional specialties include kofte (meatballs), Anatolian dishes like manti (Turkish dumpling), pide (Turkish pizza), and karniyarik (stuffed eggplant).

While you’re waiting for your main course, tuck into an array of mezes or tapas-style appetizers, including dolma (stuffed vine leaves) and borek (savory pastry), or try street food favorites such as midye (mussels), gozleme (stuffed flatbread), simit (pretzel-like bread ring), and hamsi (anchovy). Finish it all off with an indulgent slice of baklava or Turkish tea, accompanied by a sugary fruit-flavored lokum (Turkish delight). 

Must-Do Experiences
  • Enjoy an authentic introduction to Turkish cuisine with a 3-course home-cooked dinner at a local family home.
  • Start the day with a traditional Turkish breakfast and sip a Turkish coffee during a food tasting walking tour of Kadıköy Market.
  • Soak up the atmosphere of Istanbul by night on an evening food tour.
  • Visit the Spice Bazaar, ride the ferry across the Bosphorus, and explore the Asian district of Üsküdar on a street food tour of Istanbul. 
  • Take a private tour for an itinerary that suits your exact tastes.

Tours & Tickets

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Eat Like a Local: Istanbul Food and Culture Tour with Dinner at Local Family Home, Istanbul, null
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Eat Like a Local: Istanbul Food and Culture Tour with Dinner at Local Family Home

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 62 Reviews

Visit a typical Istanbul family household for a home-cooked meal, and then explore the backstreets of Sultanahmet with a guide, meeting locals and experiencing ...  Read more

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

From USD $57.93
Istanbul by Night: Turkish Food Tour, Istanbul, Dining Experiences
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Istanbul by Night: Turkish Food Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $94.45
Istanbul Evening Sightseeing and Food Tasting Tour, Istanbul, Food Tours
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Istanbul Evening Sightseeing and Food Tasting Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy a culinary journey through the city of Istanbul on this 4-hour tour. Spend the evening going to four local eateries to sample such classics as Cig Kofte, ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.37
Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul, Istanbul, Food Tours
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Private and guided Istanbul food tour - Taste of Istanbul

From kebabs to baklava to Turkish delight, Turkish food is famous the world over. While many people have enjoyed more than the odd kebab in their time, there ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 6 to 8 hrs

From USD $57.50
Evening Local Food and Wine Tour In Istanbul, Istanbul, Food Tours
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Evening Local Food and Wine Tour In Istanbul

Discover Istanbul by night on this small-group food and wine walking tour led by a gourmet guide. Learn the rich history of Turkey's world-famous cuisine, ...  Read more

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

From USD $95.00
Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour, Istanbul, Food Tours
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Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Treat your palate to authentic Turkish delicacies on this 3-hour Istanbul evening food tour. With a food-loving guide, delve into sidestreets and hidden food ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.58
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Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour, Istanbul, Food Tours
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Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 Reviews

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, ...  Read more

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

From USD $35.00
A Taste of Istanbul: Street Food Tour, Istanbul, Walking Tours
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A Taste of Istanbul: Street Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

See Istanbul in the most delicious way: through your taste buds. Traverse the stunning, hilly city on this 5-hour guided tour, eating your way through street ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Istanbul: 3 hour evening food tour in Kadikoy, Istanbul, Street Food Tours
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Istanbul: 3 hour evening food tour in Kadikoy

Discover typical Turkish flavors with a gourmet guide. Step into Kadikoy on the Asian side in the evening. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Istanbul crossing the ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.00
Istanbul Culinary Tour for Layover Passengers, Istanbul, Food Tours
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Istanbul Culinary Tour for Layover Passengers

This is a perfect tour program option for transit travellers who have a couple of hours layover between their flights in Istanbul. The tour focuses on the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 to 6 hrs

From USD $90.67

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