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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.
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.
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.
Great tour. Guide was so lovely made the whole experience fantastic
Great way to walk around Istanbul in the evening and try a few hidden gems.
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.
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!
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.
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A great way to see Istanbul off the beaten path. our guide was so enthusiastic, he made the tour so much fun
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.
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.
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!.
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!
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!
Food not so good
Avoid the seafood i.e. mussels
i suffered the next day
Good tour to taste local food at local joints. Our favorite was the tribe soup...it's a little lamby, but with some garlic and chili and vinegar, it's all good...
Shelly Y USA
Absolutely outstanding tour! Would do it again in a heartbeat. Our tour guide was nice and patient with our questions. Save your appetite, there is a great deal of food on this one :)
This was a really fun and interesting tour. I don't remember our guide's name but she was very well-spoken and interesting, and we had a chance to try some truly local foods that I would very likely not have sampled on my own. The tour was well-paced and we visited some truly local restaurants/cafes as well as the famous Cicek Pasaji. It was also interesting walking along Istiklal Street at nighttime and seeing all the foot traffic. This was a great tour and I highly recommend it.
This was a fun way to experience Turkish food and culture. We were picked up at our hotel and shuttled to Independence Street. We were only a group of 5, which was just right. We started at a place where the men go and play the game Okay. We learned how to play, plus were given a little bit of strategy by some locals. From then on we went to various restaurants and sampled lots of different foods. Kabobs, mussels, trip end of course raki. The tour didn't finish until well after midnight. Fun was had by all!
This was one of my favorite tours yet. Yuke was our tour guide; she was friendly, warm, and all around fantastic. She provided great insight into the Turkish culture, while we walked around Taksim square and the surrounding area. We got to experience great Turkish cuisine and tried traditional food that we would never have tried on our own. We LOVED this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone who has an open mind and wants to truly experience the city and its culture.
Margaret D USA
One of the best tours I have taken. My guide was excellent and I got to see places that few tourists get to see and to try new Turkish foods. I very much recommend this tour.
This is the first tour I did on the same day that I flew in. The tour guide: Serhat Kalay is an awesome tour guide. First you are picked up at your hotel and taken over the Galata bridge to Taksim square. He then takes you around mainly on Independence street. You dodge in and out finding gems of restaurants and local places, sampling all types of foods everything from street vendors to awesome grills. tasted everything from street chestnuts and oysters to grilled kebabs and local rakun drink that tastes like ouzo. Must try the tripe soup! Highly Recommend!
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