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Treat your palate to Istanbul’s exciting flavors on a 3-hour evening food walking tour. Follow a food-enthusiast guide around hidden streets and neighborhoods, and scout out the best food haunts the city has to offer. Taste treats such as 'borek' (flaky pastry); nibble on enticing ‘meze’ (small appetizers) at a ‘meyhane’ tavern, and savor ‘raki’, the locals’ beloved anise-flavored firewater. As you walk and eat, learn about Istanbul’s cuisine and the ingredients and influences that have shaped it. Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized atmosphere.

Highlights

  • 3-hour evening food tasting tour in Istanbul with a food-expert guide
  • Go off the beaten track to explore streets rammed with cafes, ‘meyhane’ taverns and food stands
  • Try local classics like flaky ‘borek’ pastries and ‘icli kofte’ (deep-fried meatballs)
  • Sip on Turkish tea at a traditional tea house
  • Sample a mouthwatering ‘islak’ wet burger and ‘meze’ appetizers
  • Learn about the ingredients and regional culinary styles that have shaped Istanbul’s food
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience

What You Can Expect

Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour

Local food delights on this tour

After you meet your guide in the district of Karaköy, hop aboard the metro and ride one of the world’s oldest underground funiculars to the Beyoğlu district for your evening food tour.
Begin with an off the beaten path walk through Istanbul’s winding corridors for popular bites and bevs. With your guide, discover how east and west cultures influence the culinary delights that drive this city’s intriguing food scene.
Make a pit stop and taste a piece of borek, a moorish pastry with meat or potatoes and a delicious cheesy filling. Then, wash it all down with a cup of ayran, a traditional yogurt beverage.
Next, stroll with the locals into a popular meyhane to enjoy meze favorites like patlican salatasi (eggplant purée). Pair your food with some raki, Turkey’s classic anise flavored spirit, as hear about the pastime of meyhanes and the different ingredients that help create Turkey’s tastiest plates.
Continue to a teahouse where the Young Turks, rebels from the early 20th century, formerly convened to unite the country in an effort to bring democracy into Turkey. Sip on Turkish tea here before you visit some yummy food stalls to partake in local food favorites such as midye dolma (rice-filled mussels) and icli kofte.
Gear up your sweet tooth as you enter the Çiçek Passage to indulge in Turkish delight and mouthwatering baklava, a flaky pastry smothered and stuffed with honey and nuts. Then, either try the Maras region’s beloved cikolata (chocolate) or some creamy ice cream.
Afterward, stroll to Taksim Square and satiate a craving you didn’t know you had as you bite into an islak or ‘wet burger’ known for its buns dripping in tomato sauce. Last but not least, stop for a Turkish coffee at a popular joint and relax here as your tour comes to a close. Feel free to stay here or return to your hotel at your leisure.

Customer Reviews

Adam W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Pricey, but a nice way to see some of the back streets and out of the way places in the Taksim/European region of Istanbul, as well as learn about some of the local food culture.

Kathy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent way to spend the evening. Burke was fantastic and took us to some spots I would have never found on my own. I would highly recommend.

Linda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Really an excellent tour, but put on your walking shoes for this one. Well paced with wide variety of foods and eating venues from small cafés, to rooftop restaurants, and street vendors. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Only negative comment was that the initial meeting point caused some confusion as landmarks provided had changed. Once we found our guide, everything went smoothly.

Carlene F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Had a great tour guide who took us to delicious food places. She was personable and interested in showing us the food delights in Istanbul.

Betty T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A highlight of our trip. Very interesting and fun to do. The guide was EXCELLENT! Tasted many new dishes. Will highly recommend to friends.

Donna G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The best...only four of us and guide such a great evening!!!!

Heidi C

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

I was so glad that I signed up for this tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable not just about food but about the neighborhood we were walking through. I definitely tried food that I would not have tried without her. I did feel that the tour was a little expensive given that we ate mainly small street food and desserts.

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