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clock-o5 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English


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.
  • 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
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.  


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, Jun 2018

This was a great introduction to Turkish cuisine and culture. My wife and I were the only ones signed up for the tour and our guide, John, did a great job of acquainting us with the Taksim Square and Istakal Street areas of Istanbul. The food and drink was wonderful starting with an introduction to Raki. We had a wide variety of dishes in 6 different locations. The owners of the cafes were very friendly and willing to share ideas on what we should order. John was quite willing to answer our questions about Turkish life and culture. This was our first full night in Turkey and it really helped prepare us for the two weeks that were to follow.

, Apr 2018

A great and fun way to experience the food magic and nightlife in Taksim. Our guide, Ilker Akin is amazing! And I had the best hummus Ive had in recent memory. Highly recommended.

, Apr 2018

AMAZING TRIP! Waring - do NOT eat the day of as you will get sooo much food on this tour. It was INCREDIBLE and we will definitely do similar trips in the future. We went to places we would NEVER have known about without a local guide. I highly recommend the tripe soup as well: Ha ha ha. The kids thought this was the best tour they had ever done!!!

, Apr 2018

I was fortunate to be the only person on the tour and it was not cancelled. The tour guide was outstanding!

, Mar 2018

Great walking tour and so much fun walking around Taksim square and made every stop to try some local food where people usually go . Tour guide made sure we are okay and still enjoying the food tour. I would highly recommend this tour and make sure you go with an empty stomach before the tour starts.

, Mar 2018

The reviews were all so excellent, we were expecting a great tour! The guide was a very unenthused and insisted on cancelling places described on the itinerary. THE TOUR LASTED 2 HOURS ON FOOT. THE GUIDE HIMSELF GOT TIPSY. LEFT THE TOUR HUNGRY. NO LIVE MUSIC.

-We did not go to the bakery at all. There was no minivan, we were on foot. Covered a 2 KM radius at best.
-When we went to the kebab place, we did not get to grill the kebabs on our own as promised! instead, we were normally given ONE very average tasting kebab each.
-We did not go to the soup place either, and requested the guide to take us to a dessert place instead. He did not know of any dessert places in the neighbourhood! He finally after several requests called his friends to see if there was a place nearby.
-We went to the mezze place and were given 4 plates- one with a plain cut melon, one with 3 pieces of tomatoes and cucumber, one hummus, and one rice roll. No local delicacy at all.
- There was no live music or dancing.
- We went to a dessert place close by, again very average. We had tried better food on our own before!
- We came home by 10 pm!! the tour lasted 2 HOURS. The guide himself got drunk!! He told us stories about how he is angry with politics in Turkey, instead of any history about the town.

ABSOLUTELY WOULD NOT SUGGEST. I have taken food tours world over Venice, Florence, London, NYC this was my life's worst experience with a food walk.

, Jan 2018

GREAT Guide! Love visiting different restaurants and learning about the history of food and drink in the region. Small group was perfect for a lovely December evening in Istanbul.

, Sep 2017

Obviously, go hungry. This is an amazing tour and you will really get to places you would not go on your own, and have some delicious food. Serhat the tour guide was fantastic. Highly recommend.

, Jul 2017

Excellent guide.

, May 2017

We took many tours in Istanbul and this one was our favorite and most memorable one. All other tours were great in showing us all the touristy places in Istanbul, but this one showed us the places where locals go to eat and hang out. Our local guide was awesome and became a good friend of ours.

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