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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Our Guide Lila was fantastic. super cute, energetic, knowledgable about the Taksim area. She took us to some very good local eateries including the best baklava and coffee. We really enjoyed it.

Margaret D USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Great tour guide and a great tour to food places few tourists would find without this guide.

Marilyn J. T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

This was excellent. It was more than just food culture. It was Turkish culture and food. The guide was excellent. We learned so much about the culture and history and how they are expressed today through food, family and life in general. My daughters said it was the best of the 2 tours that we took because we were able to get out and interact with "real" people and not just other tourists and the local salesmen.

Christine H

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2014

We really enjoyed the tour and thought the guide was good. It was more a cultural tour than a food tour. We visited 4 churches, all different and interesting. We had lunch which was great and tasted some Turkish delight. Based on the description we thought there would be more opportunity to taste a variety of foods.
The walk through all the back streets and lanes took us to parts we would not otherwise have visited and was very interesting.
We had been given poor advice and it took us longer to reach the starting point but we were grateful the guide waited for us.

C J H

3 star rating: Worth doing
July 2015

Our guide Sevilay was knowledgeable about Turkish history and showed us many interesting sights . We loved sampling local food.

Prezzman United Arab Emirates

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2014

Our tour guide, Mehmet, was a young local lad - knowledgeable and well spoken. The tour takes you down Istikhlal street up to the Galata Tower and back. Since my family were the only ones for the tour, our tour was hassle free. Our guide was informative and recommended places to shop or dine where you could get the best quality or price. Note that the walk down Istikhlal street is fine, but coming back up could be slightly difficult as it is on an incline.

If you are not comfortable traveling on your own and exploring new places, this would be a good tour to get you familiarized with one of the most popular areas of Istanbul, where you can come back and explore on your own pace after the tour. If you are OK exploring places on your own, then I would give this tour a miss.

Sharon Z Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2013

Guide was knowledgeable, we were given an incorrect start time so arrive one hour early.... Our problem but we did not read that we had to buy any samples sp she took us to places, explained the food then onto the next place. The odd thing was when we went back to those same places every single store gave us a sample when we asked! We had been on an amazing food tour in Paris and expected the same. Tour lasted a bare two hours, not the 3 to 4.

Robyn C Australia

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2014

Certainly not the best food tour we have done. Did not get to taste a lot of Turkish food. Did lot of walking through different districts but did not learn much of the Turkish culture. Disappointed

Elizabeth F

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
August 2013

Although the walking tour of the Taksim area was perfectly pleasant, it was not the food tour I was anticipating. My first clue was that the tour was scheduled for 8:30 on Sunday morning when the majority of restaurants and shops are closed

Kay J

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
March 2016

The tour guıde never showed up for the tour. No notıce was gıven vıa emaıl about not beıng able to complete tour. We had a wonderful experıence ın Athens wıth vıator purchased tour - very dıssatısfıed wıth the Istanbul counterpart. I would gıve ıt negatıve stars ıf I could

Rial J

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2013

I had signed up for a 4 hour food tour but we we had was a 2 hour city sights tour. Unfortunately, we had already seen most of the sites on another tour. The guide however was very nice and knowledgable. She was just evidently told to give the wrong tour!

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