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Awaken your culinary senses with this small-group 5-hour Turkish food night tour in Istanbul. This tour explores Istanbul’s off the beaten path eateries, so you can discover the best of Turkey’s traditional tastes. You will visit a barbecue restaurant and roast kebabs over an open flame, savor classics from a ‘simit’ bakery and enjoy live music and delicious meze at a ‘meyhane’ (Turkish tapas bar). This small-group food tour is limited to 15 people, so you can experience more personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • 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

Meet your Turkish food tour guide for a pickup at your hotel in central Istanbul and begin with drive to a bakery for a classic simit bagel. Munch on this molasses and sesame covered baked treat as you continue to a traditional kiraathane. Here, sit down for a relaxing cup of Turkish tea and watch locals deal game after game of cards. Chit chat with your guide about Istanbul until your last sip and then climb back into your minibus.  

Turkish cuisine is renown for its synergy of Mediterranean and Eastern foods. With an abundance of spices, herbs, and simple yet fresh ingredients it’s no wonder Turkish fare tantalizes taste buds. Moreover, no place does it better than the the culinary capital, Istanbul. Since Istanbul has restaurants, street vendors, and meyhanes along every street the city can be difficult and often frustrating to navigate for the best grub. Lucky for you, your local guide can help uncover the hidden gems and help you discover Istanbul’s traditional delights. 

Next, cruise to neighborhood hot spot called Ocakbaşi, where you can barbecue your own kebabs on a fired grill. Savor this delicious spiced meat as your guide explains the heritage of Turkish cuisine. Then, taste the traditional aniseed-flavored liquor, raki, a perfect aperitif. After getting a nice buzz, walk down a bustling street lined with restaurants and step into a festive meyhane to enjoy the rest of your night.

Listen to the hip live music and witness the bar’s ambiance trend from chill to high energy. As you get into the vibe, start with some tasty Turkish meze and then warm your belly with a bowl of Işkembe Çorbasi, Turkish soup. Prepare yourself for a fun evening with a cup of Turkish coffee since meyhanes can transform into parties. Finally, sip on another raki and soak up the good times before you return to your hotel at 12:30 am.  

Customer Reviews

Gardo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Highly recommended! My tour guide Hamide was very friendly and so accommodating. She's also very knowledgeable about Istabul culture and food. She brought me to many off-the-beaten path places and eateries, frequented mostly by locals. I really enjoyed this tour and am glad I booked this.

Joel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Potentially our favorite thing we did in Istanbul! We felt like locals and went to some great places that only locals would know about. Great experience and our tour guide was extremely knowledgable and very pleasant! Would most definitely tell anyone to do this!

Jeanette D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A great way to become comfortable with Istanbul right away!

Amanda W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was great. The guide was really pleasant and knew his stuff. Got to try many different food establishments. Great night out. Would highly recommend.

Ihab United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A great way to see Istanbul off the beaten path. our guide was so enthusiastic, he made the tour so much fun

Suzanne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Really amazing night and very glad we did this tour! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and spoke prefect English and it was great that we ended up with a private tour! Would recommend this tour to anyone who wants a taste of the real Turkey.

Rick T

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.

Oliver

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!.

Kenneth L. H

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!

Suzie K

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!

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